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Silent Hill And The Last Of Us Helped Influence The Duffer Brothers' Stranger Things
The Duffer Brothers proudly wear their nostalgic influences on their sleeve and have never tried to fool anyone by paying homage, say, to Steven Spielberg and pretending they came up with the idea. Instead, their Netflix series "Stranger Things" is a vehicle to tell a new story, lovingly inspired by the films — and video games — that defined their coming-of-age experiences.
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Matt and Ross Duffer discussed how inspiration from video games like the post-apocalyptic “The Last of Us” and the supernatural horror “Silent Hill” found their way into “Stranger Things.” “It's not just '80s films that inspired us,” said Ross Duffer. “There's a lot of 'Silent Hill' in the Upside Down, which people have noticed.”
The brothers admitted not only to playing “The Last of Us” but also to subconsciously being inspired by the video game’s storytelling. Ross Duffer said, “‘'The Last of Us’ is probably, in terms of storytelling, the best story-driven game I've ever played.” He also called out the “giant leap in terms of character development” that made “The Last of Us” such a great game.