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What made Stephen King’s It adaptation so good is that more than a horror movie, it was a real drama. Here are 5 other movies (and 1 show) for you to watch next if you loved hanging with the Losers.

You can really tell how different generations of brilliant artists Steven Spielberg, Stephen King, JJ Abrams, Jeff Nicholds - have inspired another, in a cycle that will probably never end.

Every week, we will curate a collection of titles - movies, TV, general miscellanea - for you to watch (and in some cases, read, or listen to), in a series we call Weekend Binge. The selection will be based on a theme which binds the picks - which could be extremely blunt in certain instances, or confusingly abstract in some. No rules apply, other than the end goal being getting some great entertainment to watch.

While the idea is to base the theme on the week’s major events - it could be the release of a new movie, or show - we could also use this opportunity to comment on our world in general, and turn to art to wrap our heads around some of the more difficult stories of the past seven days.

The new Stephen King adaptation, It, aside from being a fine Stephen King adaptation - among the best, even - has that unique power that can transport audiences to a different time, back when things were... simpler. The time when kids didn’t let homework get in the way of more important things - like fighting aliens, discovering hidden treasure, and finding first love. It’s the ‘80s, when film’s were concerned more with characters and their stories than loud noises and fart jokes.

We must thank It for taking us back to this wonderful age in moviemaking, when directors like Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante and John Carpenter were creating a whole generation of geeks. So let’s not stop now. Let’s watch more. In the spirit of the kids in these movies, let’s explore more. Here are five movies (and one very good TV show) that you can watch after It.

Super 8

It’s no secret that JJ Abrams is a bit of a devotee of Spielberg’s and King’s. Many accused Super 8 (which is produced by Spielberg), his story of a group of kids who must investigate the strange happenings in their small town - yes, it sounds familiar, doesn’t it - of being too reverential. But it’s more than just empty homage. There’s death, there’s fierce friendship, and there’s a monster. And it’s beautiful.

The Monster Squad

In a sort of meta move, The Monster Squad asks the question: What if a group of movie nerds run into the monsters they’ve idolised their entire lives. The answer: Exactly what you’d expect. They handle the heck out of it.

Attack the Block

While this genre - ‘80s kids battling supernatural entities in a romantic, lens flare heavy world scored to REO Speedwagon - is a quintessentially American one, Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block transports the action to London - and to the present day. A council estate populated by shady drug dealers, broken families, and class warfare, to be precise. And in the middle of all this drama, an alien invasion happens.

The Goonies

Like the Losers in It, the Goonies are a bunch of misfit kids who find themselves attracting adventure almost as if they’re Enid Blyton characters. Spielberg’s imprint is deep and lasting - he wrote the story - and there’s that unique sense of romanticism and camaraderie that we associate with these movies, as the Goonies embark on an epic treasure hunt.

Midnight Special

There’s a clear connective tissue between the films and TV on this list. You can really tell how different generations of brilliant artists have inspired another, in a cycle that will probably never end. Finn Wolfhard stars both in It, and Stranger Things, which we’ll talk about next. Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special, meanwhile, owes a great debt to the films of John Carpenter - especially Starman - and It owes a debt to Midnight Special for having found its lead actor, Jaeden Leiberher.

Stranger Things

The ultimate goal must be to binge It, Super 8, and Stranger Things over one weekend. Not only are these movies (and show) remarkably similar to each other - it’s almost as if they’ve been fused together by some sort of Loser Club-inspired bond made in blood - they preach ideas that every misfit geek can relate to: Be good, stay loyal, fight the bullies, vanquish your demons, and, when you get time, watch great movies.
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It happens every TV season now like clockwork: some cryptic new drama bills itself as being like Twin Peaks. This year, according to its writer Robert Aguirre-Sacasa, it was Riverdale, The CW’s dark Archie reboot. Last year, it was FX comedy Atlanta, which creator Donald Glover touted as “Twin Peaks with rappers.” The list goes on: Wayward Pines, Bates Motel, The Killing, Stranger Things — all marketed, in varying ways, as being Twin Peak-y. The show was cancelled in 1991, but “like Twin Peaks” remains industry shorthand for “strange, boundary-pushing TV.”

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But Twin Peaks’ greatest legacy? It gave TV permission to be weird. The standard narrative arc was eschewed for an auteur’s singular vision: one full of idiosyncratic character studies, a labyrinthine plot, and dialogue juxtaposing the humdrum with the haunting. Never before — and really, never since — had a TV show challenged this many people to such a WTF-worthy extent. Twin Peaks was more about steeping viewers in a Lynchian underworld than solving a murder. Of course, once it became clear closure wasn’t coming, audiences began losing patience. Nervous ABC execs insisted Laura’s murderer be revealed midway through the second season. By then, a disenchanted Lynch and Frost were focusing on other projects, only peripherally involved with Twin Peaks. The show was canned (with a chilling finale directed by Lynch). Soon after, however, other dramas would ape the “supernatural mystery” formula (see: Wild Palms, Eerie, Indiana, The X-Files). We’ve seen countless more shows since centred on uncanny, out-there visions, from Lost to The OA. All have either pilfered from Twin Peaks directly, or were encouraged by what it proved: that TV could be peculiar, ambitious, and radically unique. Well, to an extent — audiences still expect loose ends to be tied. (Stranger Things’ writers promised there’d be “justice for Barb” in Season 2 due to Internet rage over the matter.)

Which is why now, given a carte blanche to realize their vision, Lynch and Frost are about to reintroduce us to a world still unlike anything out there. Sure, we’ve got weird shows today, but they’ll never be this unhinged, this disturbing, this blasé about viewers’ desires. That all makes for damn fine TV. Drink it up.
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Once you have finished watching the first season of Stranger Things and are wondering what to do, Netflix has released the teaser trailer for the second season which will debut in 2017. Titled Stranger Things 2, the teaser has us eagerly waiting the 2017 release.

To initiate the unknown, Stranger Things is Netflix's new original series which is set in the early '80s to thrill hipsters who love '80s and '90s nostalgia. The science-fiction thriller is centered on the disappearance of a young boy and the way his town starts to unravel in mysterious, supernatural ways after he goes missing. The '80s setting allows it to have a great soundtrack and retro vibe which has enchanted many viewers.

Stranger Things also carriers familiar themes of a small town with a strange underbelly and kids who get entangled in supernatural things. If this is your forte, here are a few more retro shows that will ease your pain of waiting for Stranger Things till 2017:

Marshall Teller's family moves to the small country town of Eerie, Indiana. It's the picture perfect small town, but Marshal thinks it is too perfect. Teenagers Marshall and his best friend Simon discover that Eerie, as he puts it, "is the center of weirdness for the universe".

Elvis lives there, so do a pair of twins who stay young by sleeping in Tupperware, and many other strange things. Each episode, Marshall and his friend Simon collect evidence about the creepy things that happen there.

If you miss the small town creepiness of Stranger Things, watch Eerie, Indiana. Though it is a kids show, the show deals with lots of adult themes. Case in point: There's an episode titled Foreverware
that deals with the very adult theme of how humans are trying to pursue their dream of becoming immortal.


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