Actually, it was based on Project MK-Ultra. Which was real, and funded by the government from the 1950s until the very late 80s. And in the after show on Netflix, the actors say the kiss was planned. The one that wasn’t was between Max and Lucas
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I don’t know why but I definitely got subtle Earthbound vibes from Stranger Things. I guess it would be the music, the kids (one with physic powers just like Ness, Paula, and Poo) the setting and the sort of alien invasion. Maybe I’m the only one. Weary Stranger things eleven friends don’t lie men. I’m specifically talking about the Montauk project which was a series of books citing unproven experiments related to remote viewing, astral projection, time and interstellar travel, aliens, and many, many other fantastical things.
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Stranger Things’ creature also resembles The Last of Us’ Clickers, they did a great job in taking inspiration from different elements and create their own with that. I do hope we see more monsters in the future seasons too! I know Silent Hill very well, and it was specifically said by the Duffer Brothers how and why they took inspiration from that game whereas these others games were generally mentioned as other inspirations, we were simply expressing what specific elements of those games we thought inspired them. Everyone has basically played or knows Silent Hill and can see where the inspiration comes from, that was granted.