Stranger Things: How does the Netflix hit series relate to the Fear Street trilogy?

stranger things has finally returned.

The fourth season of the hit Netflix series arrived at the streaming giant on Friday (May 27), and seven new episodes are now available.

With fans digging into the new series, many viewers were reminded of the Netflix trilogy Fear Street.

Last year, RL Stine’s best-selling horror novels – originally published in the ’90s – were adapted into three films: Street of Fear: 1994, Street of Fear: 1978and Angststrasse: 1666.

The trilogy received mostly positive reviews, with many viewers comparing its nostalgic tone and supernatural subject matter stranger things.

Is there a connection between Fear Street and stranger things?

The most obvious connection between the two publications is Sadie Sink, who made her debut as Maxine Mayfield in the second season of stranger thingswhich was released in 2017. The actor took a lead role in the third season of 2019.

Between the third and fourth series of stranger thingsSink starred as protagonist Ziggy Berman – and later Constance – in the Fear Street trilogy.

Sadie Sink in Fear Street: 1666


Maya Hawke – who first starred as Robin stranger things Season Three – Also had a small role in the Fear Street movies.

Aside from being some of the same actors who did the horror trilogy and stranger things share another surprising connection.

Fear Street director Leigh Janiak is married to Ross Duffer, one half of the Duffer brothers who created it stranger things.

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Is there a nod to Fear Street in Stranger Things season 4?

*Stranger Things season 4 spoilers below!*

In episode four – titled “Chapter Four: Dear Billy” – Robin (Hawke) and Nancy (Natalie Dyer) attempt to gain entry to Pennhurst Asylum under false pretenses.

The two disguise themselves as psychology students. Attempting to sneak into the asylum, Robin tells a false story about how she was first inspired to study the subject.

The lie she tells involves a made-up childhood memory of the time she went to summer camp in 1978. Fear Street fans will note that this is the same year that the second film in the titled trilogy takes place Street of Fear: 1978.


Viewers will recall that the second film takes place at a summer camp, where Sink plays one of the many campers who are being terrorized by a murderer on the loose.

While it’s not certain whether or not Robin’s lie is a subtle reference to the film, fans of the film will appreciate the small detail.

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