Stranger Things (2016– )
Chapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple Street, is a clear reference to Rod Serling's Twilight Zone classic, "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street," Season 1, episode 22. In the episode, a group of neighbors descend into paranoia and murder after they gradually become convinced that aliens/monsters are invading their neighborhood during a power outage. The irony of course is that they themselves are the monsters on Maple Street. The final reveal is of two actual aliens nearby, manipulating the power on the street and commenting that that alone was enough to cause humans to turn against each other, and that to conquer the planet all they needed to do was allow humans to turn on themselves. The title may also be a reference to Stephen King's short story "The House On Maple Street."
Chapter Four: The Body. One of the most straight out references in the series. This is the name of the Stephen King novella on which the movie Stand by Me was based. It is the story of four friends who set out in search of a dead boy the same age as them, just as the four here go in search of Will. Many scenes in the episode parallel Stand by Me. Of special note is when the children walk along the railroad tracks talking together (the two in front engaged in lighthearted bickering, the two in rear much more serious and somber, just as in the movie), and also when they hide out in the local junk yard.
Chapter Seven: The Bathtub, reminisces of the famous bathtub sequence in The Shining. The plot device of a sensory deprivation tank was also used in 80's horror classic, Altered States--Drew Barrymore's (Firestarter's) film debut, the character Eleven is lovingly based on. Also, the water scenes are reminiscent of some of the scenes in early episodes of the Fox television series Fringe, when actress Ana Torv's character goes in the "tub" to try and channel info.