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All the A Nightmare on Elm Street References You May've Missed in Stranger Things Season 4

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Stranger Things season four was certainly a return to the Netflix series’ horror roots.

In fact, Stanger Things star Joe Keery, who plays Steve Harrington, warned E! News’ While You Were Streaming that the new installment—out May 27—may be too “disturbing” for younger viewers.

“Kids will be scared,” he promised at the time. “Kids will have nightmares.”

And season four definitely lived up to the hype, as it introduced a new villain reminiscent of A Nightmare on Elm Street‘s Freddy Krueger.

Now, this isn’t the first time that creators Matt and Ross Duffer have paid tribute to ’80s horror classics. In previous seasons, we’ve seen references to JawsClose Encounters Of The Third Kind, Halloween, Day of the DeadInvasion of the Body Snatchers, and Poltergeist, among others.

However, this time around, A Nightmare on Elm Street was the muse, inspiring not one, not two, but six separate references to Wes Craven’s 1984 slasher.

Keep reading to find out all the ways Stranger Things paid tribute to A Nightmare on Elm Street:

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The Return of Robert Englund

The first connection between Stranger Things and A Nightmare on Elm Street: actor Robert Englund.

Englund famously portrayed Nightmare on Elm Street villain Freddy Krueger in several of the franchise’s films,

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