‘Stranger Things’ Is Really ‘The Montauk Project

Camp Hero Radar tower. By Nojo13. Public domain.

Long-time disinfonauts will remember one of the wackier segments from our TV series concerned the Montauk Project (see clip below). How could anyone resist reptilians, sex slaves, time travel and more, all occurring at Montauk, New York’s Camp Hero? (This was long before Montauk became a hip adjunct hangout to the one percent’s playground known as “The Hamptons.”)

Well it turns out that the Duffer Brothers, the producers of Netflix’s hit series Stranger Things were amongst those fascinated with the Montauk Project and actually based the series around the strange events that allegedly took place on the Eastern most point of the United States. Thrillist does a surprisingly good job of writing up the story:

The hype surrounding Netflix’s Stranger Things is proving harder to kill than that creepy Demogorgon monster, and it’s only going to grow now that Season 2 has officially been announced. The fan frenzy is a testament to the megahit’s intricately layered details. While we’ve gone deep on many aspects of our favorite show from this summer, one element of the series’ backstory bears closer examination: a real-life government experiment that inspired Stranger Things, known among paranormal buffs as the “Montauk Project.”

The cultural phenomenon that we now know as Stranger Things was sold under the working title Montauk, and before producers switched the setting to a small town in Indiana, the eerie action of Season 1 was going to take place way out at the eastern end of Long Island. But the thread looped through the eight Stranger Things episodes, the idea that contact between Eleven and the Demogorgon may have opened the portal to the Upside Down, has roots in an incident that conspiracy theorists believe occurred in Montauk in 1983, and ended secret experiments that the US military had been conducting on children for four decades.

That far-fetched scenario that corresponds to Stranger Things Season 1 is only part of the Long Island legend. So hold on to your Eggos — the story of the so-called Montauk Project gets even weirder than what we’ve seen on the Netflix gem so far.

Exposing the “Montauk Project”

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…

[continues at Thrillist]


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