As a show, Stranger Things really wears its influences on its sleeve. With each season taking place at a different point in the 80’s, various era-specific easter eggs and callbacks are always popping up from the peak popularity of Dungeons and Dragons all the way to Ghostbusters mania. But, according to an interview with the actor David Harbour who plays Hopper, season three will be taking a lot of cues from a rather unexpected film: Chevy Chase’s Fletch.
“The Duffers are so specific each year with the movies. And Fletch is one movie we get to play around and have some fun with this season, which you wouldn’t expect from Stranger Things and you wouldn’t expect from the Spielberg universe and you certainly wouldn’t expect from a darker season,” Harbour said.
Fletch is a 1985 movie made by Michael Ritchie in which Chevy Chase plays an investigative journalist who while looking into drug trafficking on Los Angeles beaches unknowingly gets wrapped up in a ridiculous plot involving drugs, a botched murder, and at least three million dollars. Interestingly, actor Jake Busey has been cast as a cunning investigative reporter for season 3 of Stranger Things. Moreover, it became pretty clear that the shadow monster over Hawkins and what happened to Eleven and Will are all part of some larger conspiracy. So maybe the Hawkins kids along with Busey’s character may find themselves traveling deeper down the conspiracy hole than they’d anticipated.
Season three of Stranger Things won’t be all conspiracy though. There will still be copious amounts of dad Steve and quality childhood friendship. Moreover, the kids are getting older on and off screen. As Harbour noted, there will definitely be some room for the characters to mature a little bit more than they have from season to season before. While Fletch is definitely a pretty goofy movie, Stranger Things won’t be all laughs this season.