Why is this film set in 1988?
Richard Kelly has given various reasons for this:
It was a favorite time, when he was a teenager.
Very few films have been set in the ‘80s.
He didn’t feel comfortable setting a teenage film now, with no knowledge of current teenage life. (It could also be a reference to Back to the Future as both movies take place in the 80’s and the movie is also referenced at some point during the film And don’t forget the DeLorean needed to reach a speed of 88mph in order to time-travel).
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