If you haven’t heard of Stranger Things by now, you’ve probably been living under a rock. It’s one of the most popular shows out there; a Netflix production that stars children and evokes 80s nostalgia, most people watch it for entertainment. Others watch it to revel in the great 80s.
But only a few watch it to understand the Montauk Project. And if you think a show that has children in lead roles is no place to learn more about a project not many know about, think again. Because Stranger Things is based on that infamous project.
The Montauk Project—In Case You Don’t Know
The name derives from the Montauk Air Force Station. Classifieds shoo it away if you accost them about it. They’ll tell you it’s all a big conspiracy theory—which is also what it says on the Wikipedia page.
But Wikipedia is hardly a reliable source of information. Besides, anything that concerns a potpourri of time travel, teleportation, telekinesis, mind control, and aliens is always easy to dismiss as lies and fantasy.
We shouldn’t, however, forget that there was another air force base with stories surrounding it very similar to that of the Montauk. That was Area 51—a place the classifieds kept denying even existed, until they were forced to admit that it did. The thing with classified places like Area 51—where secret experimentation is carried out—is that they can’t stay hidden for long. Things get out. Sometimes, even shows get made.
The Strangest Thing About Stranger Things
On the surface, Stranger Things is a feel-good show about a bunch of children bonding and a girl with superpowers fighting monsters. When you dig deeper, however, and try to find out what inspired the show, you get an unlikely answer: The Montauk Project.
The similarities are hard to miss. Tongues started wagging way back in 1984: that sinister experiments were being carried out on children by the state, at Camp Hero. At first, it was more of a folk legend, something you’d tell children so they wouldn’t wander off on their own. Even Peter Moon’s book couldn’t convince people truly of what was going on at Camp Hero—and had been going on for decades.
But then, there were survivors; people who had lived through the experiment and were now recalling what befell them. Stories of space-time and parallel dimensions began to pour in.
Stranger Things deals with much of the same content: a girl escapes a secret military-esque base, and has been subjected to mind control experiments as a wartime tool.
Neat. At least it’s neat if it doesn’t happen to you.
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