If you’re like most fans, then you’ve probably already binged watched the last two seasons of Stranger Things. If you have, you might want to know the history behind it. Even in the Beyond Stranger Things series on Netflix that features the showrunners chatting with the cast, not a lot of history behind Stranger Things is revealed. In an Autocomplete Interview with Wired, Stranger Things stars Gaten Matarazzo and Joe Kerry give some insight on the mysterious inspiration for their show. NerdBastards dug a little deeper to find out more about a place called Camp Hero.
A lot of fans have asked, or searched on Google, “Is Stranger Things real?” The answer is “Kinda.” As Gaten Matarazzo (AKA Dustin) put it in Wired’s Autocomplete Interview with Joe Kerry (AKA Steve), Hawkins, Indiana is “based on a place in Montauk, New York called Camp Hero.” Camp Hero is a decommissioned Air Force base, now a state park with certain buildings closed to the public.
There were “rumors of secret government spies doing human experiments to fight in the Cold War,” said Matarazzo. This is where they got the idea for the lab that had 011, AKA Eleven or Jane Hopper played by Millie Bobby Brown. Just because Jane isn’t actually out fighting Demogorgons doesn’t mean that there isn’t a truth to the story.
Stranger Things was originally going to be called ‘Montauk‘ when the Netflix project started. Why? Co-creator Ross Duffer told The A.V. Club in an interview that, “We were excited about the idea of doing something coastal. Probably our favorite movie of all time is ‘Jaws‘, and Montauk is one of the bases for ‘Amity‘, so I think that’s where that idea came from.”
A book called ‘The Montauk Project: Experiments in Time’ by Peter Moon and Preston Nichols help fuel conspiracy theories about the former air base. There was also a movie released about the base, ‘Montauk Chronicles’, that interviews real people who claim they had spent time in the camp. Conspiracy theories, if that’s all they really are, include ind control, time travel and contact with alien life.
Even though it was not directly stated that it had anything to do with ‘Montauk Project: Experiments in Time’, in the interview by Wired, Gaten Matarazzo did say that they got the idea for the lab from the Cold War. Montauk Project does deal with time travel, which could help with the ideas for the upside down.
Another thing people have been Googling, according to the Wired interview, is if Stranger Things passes the Bechdel Test. For those who don’t know what that is, it’s a test wherein books or movies two named women talk to each other about something other than a man. Easy right? It’s not as easy as it sounds. As reported, season one doesn’t, but season two does. Hopefully, season three will as well. While some “fans” might bemoan the Bechdel test as catering to Social Justice Warriors, the simple act of two named women having a conversation about something that isn’t a man seems to be something that so much of our entertainment can’t seem to manage. It sounds like something you should see everywhere, and it’s striking that it doesn’t.
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