Colorado: The Shining
Colorado and Stranger Things are linked through the show’s creators, the Duffer Brothers, and Stephen King. How? Well, the brothers are obsessed with Stephen King and one of King’s most well-known and famous stories is The Shining, which just so happens to take place in Colorado.
Is it a stretch? Yes, but here we are! If you’ve been living under a rock, The Shining is about a family who travels to an isolated hotel for the winter. What was supposed to be a nice vacation, turns into absolute hell.
The father turns violent and the family’s son turns psychic and starts having visions of the past and the present. The hotel is haunted by some sinister presence that won’t let this vacation be anything but terrifying.
The most famous adaptation is of course the Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall movie from 1980 directed by Stanley Kubrick. Stephen King may hate this film, but based on the number of fans and the documentary made on the film and the filming process, he’s one of only a few.
There are also quite a few Shining references in Stranger Things. It’s most obvious in season 3 when the possessed journalist, Bruce, comes hacking through the window on a hospital door and then grins maniacally at Nancy before saying “Hi there.”
There are also some parallels between The Shining and the scene with Billy and The Sauna Test in season 3 and Joyce and her ax in the first season.