The smash hit series Stranger Things made its Netflix debut in 2016, starring Golden Globe-winning actress Winona Ryder, this amalgamation of the work of John Carpenter, and Steven Spielberg, was a fresh endeavor into the horror genre, that became a viral sensation. Featuring an epic cast, an infectious soundtrack, and 80’s style nostalgia abound – this unique vision provided viewers a binge-worthy fright fest.
Both seasons of Stranger Things take place in a small Indiana town in 1983, and there have been many hints within context of the series that reference a curious government program called MK Ultra (see: This Documentary From 1979 Exposes MK Ultra and the CIA’s Role in the Psychedelic Movement), but the show may have also found some inspiration from a 2015 documentary called Montauk Chronicles, which explored various experiments in psychological warfare at Camp Hero/Montauk Air Force Station.
Exposing the “Montauk Project” (via Thrilllist):
“Rumors that the US government had been conducting experiments in psychological warfare in Montauk at either Camp Hero or the Montauk Air Force Station began to bubble up in the mid-1980s. Preston B. Nichols legitimized the theorizing when he detailed the supposed events in a series of books. In The Montauk Project: Experiments in Time (1982), Nichols recovered repressed memories about his stint as a subject in a mysterious experiment; soon, others involved with the Montauk Project came forward to corroborate some of Nichols’ seemingly outlandish claims.
As these and other subjects recovered more of their memories, they gave numerous interviews about their involvement in experiments involving space, time, and other dimensions. Depending on the interview, and when it was documented, the scope of what was happening in Montauk is expansive enough to include many other conspiracies. As of now, the going narrative leading up to the 1983 incident begins during World War II with a much more famous covert military operation.”
The Montauk Chronicles is an attempt to understand and unpack the stories of three different men (Alred Bielek, Stewart Swerdlow, and Preston Nichols) who have claimed to be brainwashed and forced against their will by a secret government organization to take part in MK Ultra mind control experiments. They each share shocking tales of the experiments over the course of ten years, as well as other dark mysteries that are believed to have occured at Camp Hero including kidnappings, murder, torture, time travel, mind control, and extra terrestrial contact.
After watching and comparing the work to Stranger Things – one can’t help but find the synchronicity between the two, as (beyond the experiments) even the soundtrack from the preview alone is a similar soundscape to Stranger Things (see bel0w).
To watch the Montauk Chronicles, and compare your own notes – you may do so by clicking here.