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What is the purpose of this "red room" in Stranger Things?

That room is called a darkroom, and it's part of the photographic printing process. A darkroom is a workshop used by photographers working with photographic film to make prints and carry out other ...
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How do productions like Stranger Things or other similarly "not modern but still within recent memory" productions acquire period props?

Wired actually has an article about this: ... To get the amazing '80s stuff, Reiss scoured eBay, flea markets, prop rentals, and estate sales in Georgia. (The series is set in suburban Indiana ...
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Why does Will Byers not like girls?

It's not like Will Byers "doesn't like girls" in general. We don't quite know if there is a general aversion to girls or if he is even romantically/sexually attracted to boys instead. That's ...
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Why is Stranger Things set in the early 80s?

To pay homage to some of their favorite works! The Duffer Brothers developed the series as a mix of investigative drama alongside supernatural elements portrayed with horror, science fiction and ...
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What is the purpose of this "red room" in Stranger Things?

This is called a darkroom. A darkroom is a workshop used by photographers working with photographic film to make prints and carry out other associated tasks. It is a room that can be made ...
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Is there any connection between Stranger Things and IT movie?

Is there any connection between Stranger Things and IT movie? Yes, IT is one of the inspirations behind the show. From huffingtonpost The Duffer brothers, who actually once pitched an “It” remake ...
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Do the kids from Stranger Things have any analogues to the Dungeons & Dragons game characters?

Yes, each kid has analogues to the character classes The game is used as a self-referential plot device in the series. The first campaign in Chapter One foreshadows the events of Season One with ...
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What gadget does Will have on his wrist in "Stranger Things" S03E08?

This is a Nelsonic Q'Bert Wristwatch, sold by Nelsonic Digital. They were very popular, especially in the 80s for their game-themed wristwatches, wherein you could actually play the game on your wrist!...
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What happens to the portal at the Hawkins middle school?

From an interview with the Duffer brothers (writers and creators of the show), these portals are explicitly stated to be temporary. When the monster enters our dimension, it’s like a shark ...
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How did Dragon's Lair foreshadow the story of Stranger Things 2?

The Dragon's Lair game doesn't have to do with Will or the demogorgan this time, but with the love triangle of Max, Lucas and Dustin. We see Dustin playing this game while Lucas, Will and Mike ...
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What is the purpose of Max's brother Billy in Stranger Things 2?

Matt and Ross Duffer (the creators/writers/often directors of the show) talk about this in the Netflix aftershow Beyond Stranger Things, Episode 1. Billy was actually written in to serve as a ...
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What is the parallel of Day of the Dead with Stranger things?

There is one reference I could find in this article, Day of the Dead was the third installment in director George A. Romero’s iconic Night of the Living Dead series and was described by Romero as a “...
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Why does Robin make a comment about Nancy having a Tom Cruise poster?

Maybe because Steve Harrington looks like Tom Cruise: Steve looks a lot like Tom Cruise's character in "The Outsiders" after fighting with the Upside Down bats. Cool reference by the Duffer ...
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Do the kids from Stranger Things have any analogues to the Dungeons & Dragons game characters?

As I suspected, kids from Stranger Things do have analogues to the Dungeons & Dragons game character classes. It's even addressed by Mike in S02E03: So as per the episode: Mike is Paladin: ...
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Why do M4 guns appear in Stranger Things?

Inconclusive The pictures you've provided are dreadfully unclear, so it's impossible to tell if we're actually looking at an M4 carbine as claimed. The "Internet Movie Firearms Database" ...
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Why didn't the scientists in Stranger Things recognise this place?

Why should they? First, why would they mark the location? To them, there’s nothing special about the location. It’s just where Hopper happened be. If they’d had no map of the area, maybe they’d have ...
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Why can the monster switch dimensions at will?

I think that El touching the monster accomplished a couple things, in addition to creating the initial portal. First, I think the monster was not aware of the parallel world before that, if the world ...
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Significance of the song "Should I Stay or Should I Go"?

For me, the scene where Joyce Byers sees the monster for the first time, coming out of the wall in Will's bedroom and runs away from her house, explains it. At that moment she is both devastated by ...
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What is the significance of newspaper shot in Stranger Things S02E01?

According to the newspaper image, At the library, get ready for Merrill Wright and Eugene McCorkle to duke it out in our annual Biggest Pumpkin competition. Merrill, the reigning champion hauled in a ...
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Is Ray telling the truth about Dr. Brenner in Stranger Things: The Lost Sister?

No, Ray wasn't lying. Yes, Dr. Brenner is still alive, according to the producers of Stranger Things. Apparently, he will have a role to play in coming seasons. In a recent interview with Collider,...
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How was Will aware of the lights?

There is no canonical answer for this yet but I have come across an interesting hypothesis by u/mrzoink in a r/StrangerThings post in Reddit: Speculation: Joyce psychically reached out to Will, ...
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Meaning of exodus scene in S1E8 of Stranger Things?

Were all these people going after El, or were they evacuating the lab and if so why? The people we see getting into vehicles were going after El. We see both Brenner and Connie at the school later, ...
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What is the purpose of Max's brother Billy in Stranger Things 2?

I can offer a speculative answer. Season two added other yet to be seen 80's allusions/references to it's ever growing pedigree of easter eggs. One of the more obvious are things pertianing to The ...
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Why does almost everyone neglect Barbara Holland?

Why does almost everyone neglect Barbara Holland? Did the rest even cared in start? Barb seems to be the least popular girl in school and shown to have only single friend Nancy. And Nancy did all ...
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What is the Russians' goal in Stranger Things S3?

Why are they opening the portal? We don't know their exact motives yet but if you have seen the end credit scene then remember they are not done with the Upside down: In a post-credit scene, at a ...
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Are the gates to upside-down still open after the end of Stranger Things S1?

After the show has been officially renewed for a second season, the Duffer Brothers revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly: We obviously have this gate to another dimension, which is ...
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Where was Eleven going to find people

Where was Eleven from Stranger Things going to track people. Was it the upside down? As we see in the course of the series, Eleven was being trained to use her psychic powers to spy on enemy ...
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Dr Brenner's intentions with Eleven

What was the motive of Brenner's in searching Eleven? They were using Eleven to spy on a Russian agent, she was their asset. They did so much coverup to keep her with them, how can they let her go ...
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Why does Will know Morse code?

We're not given an on-screen explanation. That said, the 80s is closer to the era when Morse code was somewhat relevant. As mentioned in comments, knowing Morse code was a requirement for a ham ...
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Why did Eleven say goodbye to Mike if she knew she could go back?

Because she can't predict future. She had no idea that she can leave that easily or even survive in Upside down. So that goodbye was tearful because it was Eleven's separation from Mike she was so ...
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