[This article contains SPOILERS for Stranger Things Season 4.]
Stephen King has reacted to a reference to Carrie in Stranger Things Season 4.
With Carrie being one of King's most beloved books, it's hardly surprising that Stranger Things pays homage to it.
Stephen King reacts to Stranger Things Season 4 shoutout
Now, King is reacting to this direct reference to Carrie. Stranger Things Season 4 is just as wonderful, if not better, than the first three seasons, according to the author. King dislikes the season being divided into two parts, but he seems to like the Carrie riff.
“The new season of STRANGER THINGS is really cool--as good or better than the previous three. There's even a CARRIE riff.
Is it the whole season or is it another one of those that's broken into 2 parts? IMHO that's kind of lame.”
Stranger Things Season 4 opens with Eleven attempting to acclimate to her new life in California with the Byers family. Angela (Elodie Grace Orkin) and her classmates bully El at school all the time. Mike pays a visit to Eleven and Will in California, and the three of them go to Rink-O-Mania.
Angela and her friends push El to the roller skating rink's center, where they laugh at her, cover her in a milkshake, and then push her down.
The sequence is reminiscent of Carrie's conclusion, in which the school bullies dump a pail of pigs' blood over her head, prompting the entire school to laugh at her.
More horror references in Stranger Things Season 4
Stranger Things Season 4 featured numerous references to classic horror films, like Carrie. Some are obvious, such as Jonathan's Evil Dead poster or the Freddy Krueger cardboard cut-out in Robin and Steve's Family Video business. The scene in which Robin and Nancy see Victor Creel is clearly influenced by Silence of the Lambs, and the Duffer Brothers previously indicated that the main villain Vecna was inspired by Pennywise, Hellraiser, and Freddy.
Stranger Things Season 4 is clearly inspired by A Nightmare on Elm Street, with Vecna's powers eerily similar to Freddy's and Robert Englund himself playing Victor Creel.
Carrie influenced Stranger Things, which makes sense given King's influence on horror fiction and film. King certainly has come to respect the Duffer Brothers, having previously described Stranger Things Season 2 as "balls to the wall entertainment."