The Story Behind the Iconic Stranger Things Posters

The Rotten Tomatoes page for Stranger Things – the Netflix show that took the world by nostalgic storm a few years back – hosts a sentence that stands out. “Nostalgic porn elevated by strong characters”, writes the critic, before they go down the rabbit hole into what and what exactly they like or don’t like about the show.

Stranger Things is undoubtedly a cultural phenomenon, as evidenced by their huge community of fans. The series is still going strong; it has already been piqued by Netflix for a fourth season.

It follows the story of a group of young friends in Reagan-era Indiana who bear witness to a series of extraordinary events. While searching for answers, they uncover several fascinating mysteries, growing as people and getting closer as friends in the process.

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This article, however, isn’t about Stranger things, but Stranger Things posters. Nostalgic porn, wrote Rotten Tomatoes. Looking through a collection of official merchandise, I could not think of a better phrase to describe them as a group. You can see that Stranger Things nostalgia projected onto each canvas (or poster in this case, I guess).

Every single poster on this site bears a callback to the good old days of the 80s, a focus that fans of the show should find very familiar. The art style of the posters is also in keeping with the show’s theme, heavy on red and black and people in cool poses. All things considered, I don’t think I’d mind one of these Stranger Things posters, if I were into the show or of course, its official merchandise.

Another place in which the posters mirror the show is in the mostly blind eye it turns towards the state of women’s rights during the Reagan Era. There are several posters with messages like “Girl Power” or “Girls Rule”, messages that probably wouldn’t have gone down well at the time. I guess it’s because the show is tailored towards a modern audience, but if Netflix couldn’t address the issue in Stranger Things, poster art could have sufficed.

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If you are able to look past those feminist gripes though, this is one exceptionally curated and designed poster collection. The show is cool enough that any Stranger Things poster with effort put into it inherits that cool factor, but these look very good, even for Stranger Things posters.

While I don’t know enough about the nuances of Stranger Things poster collection to recommend or criticize these posters based on any previous ones, they are very well priced at $8 for a 22×34 sized poster, so any potential buyers are unlikely to lose significant sums of money if the posters turn out to be subpar.

Here’s my verdict on the Stranger Things posters…

With these posters, Stranger Things and Netflix created a special thing. For maybe the first time, they made a decision to trap nostalgia for themselves, to remain memorable to their viewers even after the show ends. I get it, and they will probably achieve their goal if they continue supplying fans with quality merchandise like these posters.

I like the idea of owning one of these Stranger Things posters personally, but you shouldn’t base a buying decision off just what a writer online tells you. My advice is that you buy only posters that you’re interested in and that you can afford.

If you need something to spice up your room decorations and are a fan of Stranger Things, posters might be your preferred way to express that. It goes without saying that someone who doesn’t like the show or that can’t afford the price should probably not buy these.



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26 comments on “The Story Behind the Iconic Stranger Things Posters”

  1. Gone through the article and stranger things poster, looks likes i must go through its all seasons as well. thanks for sharing it.

  2. Honestly I am this show has been off my radar so to speak. However these Stranger Things poster is gaining my interest. I do not know what to think before or after I watch it but I will definitely check it out.

  3. Wow I have never knew the real story behind Stranger Things poster artist but I’m so glad I came across this beautiful article about it. But I must confess Netflix did Justification to this poster.

  4. Stranger Things TV poster can be really nice if you get a bigger size. It also depends whether you have the cash to purchase your size.

  5. I think the use of the “porn” by the online writer alone might portray the show in a not so good light. However, your review is almost making me sign up for the show.

  6. Many thanks for sharing. i should follow it. Thanks for sharing this blog. Fell in love with it and makes me want to watch the movie.

  7. I loooovee stranger things Netflix series. I believe that the stranger things poster artist wants to put all episodes summarize into one picture. If I would have an access with these cool stranger things poster, I would definitely buy one 🙂 And decor my room with a very nostalgic theme 🙂

  8. Stranger Things season 4 poster really looks fantastic. Alot of critics online already because of the poster, it’s not my business because everyone has right to their opinion

  9. Stranger Things poster really tells me why the series still growing stronger with die hard fans. Its really a fantastic idea behind this project

  10. I have always been a great fan of stranger things, good that it has been made in to Stranger Things TV Poster. I would go for them for my reading room walls

  11. I can’t just afford to miss in this series, more reason Stranger Things season 4 poster is a unique way of telling the coming stories I love it

  12. Stranger things season 4 poster looks like the real deal. Alot of inviting colors and background introduced. Interesting the story line is equally captivating. Thanks for this masterpiece update

  13. Stranger things poster Will look very artistic if in wide shape,its very good for decoration your bedroom with stranger things poster interior,and can find little horor, thank for nice article

  14. Well, i love the fact the that the Stranger Things TV poster is well priced so if I spend on it, I’m not losing money..I really love the idea of owning one of this posters because I think it can spice up my room decoration. I really love posters and can splurge on them anytime

  15. This Stranger Things poster is the real deal. It was well thought through too. The color, character placement and positioning all speak class. Definitely an interesting series too. Thanks for the update.


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