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History Channel Special Will Chronicle Real Life “Stranger Things” Inspiration

Before “Stranger Things” Season 2 premieres, why not learn the *real* story?

It’s no secret that the Duffer Brothers-created Netflix series “Stranger Things” drew inspiration from a whole lot of different ’80s films, but the tale of a telekinetic girl and a monster arriving in a small town also has ties to, well, things that (allegedly) actually happened.

CIA mind-control program Project MKUltra was used as an inspiration for “Stranger Things,” and so too was the so-called Montauk Project – a series of government mind-control and time travel experiments that allegedly took place in Montauk, NY in the 70s.

In fact, the original title of “Stranger Things” was actually “Montauk.”

Premiering Friday, September 8 at 10/9c on History, the brand new special “The Dark Files” will chronicle former CIA operative Barry Eisler, award-winning journalist Steve Volk, and filmmaker Chris Garetano‘s exploration into the mythologies, conspiracies and accusations that surround an abandoned military base known as Camp Hero in Montauk, Long Island.

Garetano recently made documentary The Montauk Chronicles, about the same subject.

Watch the teaser for the special below.




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