Everyone's favorite show from the summer isn't done creeping us out yet. The hit Netflix show Stranger Things resembles a real-life government experiment called "The Montauk Project."
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Thrillist found the connection between The Montauk Project, a series of government experiments done at Camp Hero or Montauk Air Force Station in Montauk, Long Island.
Stories of these experiments have been around since the 1980s, focusing in on psychological warfare techniques and things like time travel, teleportation, and mind control, according to Business Insider.
The show Stranger Things was originally titled "Montauk" when it was picked up by Netflix and the synopsis even referred to those memories:
"Described as a love letter to the ’80s classics that captivated a generation, the series is set in 1980 Montauk, Long Island, where a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl."
Thrillist highlighted a man who claims to have been involved in a specific experiment that amplifies psychic powers, Preston Nichols.
See if the description of Nichols’ book, The Montauk Project: Experiments in Time, sounds familiar:
"The first experiment was called ‘The Seeing Eye’.With a lock of person’s hair or other appropriate object in his hand, Duncan [Cameron, supposed psychic] could concentrate on the person and be able to see as if he was seeing through their eyes, hearing through their ears, and feeling through their body. He could actually see through other people anywhere on the planet."
Kind of sounds like the experiment being done on Eleven before she opens up the Upside Down portal, doesn't it?
And in this excerpt:
"We finally decided we’d had enough of the whole experiment. The contingency program was activated by someone approaching Duncan while he was in the chair and simply whispering ‘The time is now.’ At this moment, he let loose a monster from his subconscious. And the transmitter actually portrayed a hairy monster. It was big, hairy, hungry and nasty. But it didn’t appear underground in the null point. It showed up somewhere on the base. It would eat anything it could find. And it smashed everything in sight. Several different people saw it, but almost everyone described a different beast."
Of course, Stranger Things echoes other projects like Project MK-ULTRA, the CIA’s covert, illegal program doing scientific research on human subjects.
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The creators of Stranger Things, Ross and matt Duffer, aren't so quick to connect The Montauk Project and Stranger Things. But they have said ditching the original title was "very painful."