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  • Stranger Things has evolved from sci-fi to full-blown horror. 1 / 9

  • Season 3 focuses more on possession, kidnapping and exploding rats. 2 / 9

  • Billy has an even more demonic aura than the possessed Will Byers. 3 / 9

  • From gooey rats to the zombie-like Flayed, it's no longer campy. 4 / 9

  • There are even nods to the Pod People, Halloween and The Shining too. 5 / 9

  • Most of all, the Meat Monster feels like the creature from The Thing. 6 / 9

  • The way it's formed also calls back to The Blob. 7 / 9

  • The final battle confirms the franchise is indeed comfortable in its horror-based skin. 8 / 9

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