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Chuck Russell United States, 1988

Bob's rating of the film The Blob

Probably the biggest single inspiration for "Stranger Things". Only with this one, no one is safe, which leads to some unexpected death scenes. The first half is a lot better - introduction even succeeds in making a viewer to forget that this is actually sci-fi/horror. The middle of the story and practical effects are its peak. The rest is a bunch of chase scenes that simply don't have the same tension as before.