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At this point, weā€™re starting to wonder if Ready Player One is Steven Spielbergā€™s attempt to blow up the ā€˜80s nostalgia machine by completely overloading its circuits. You know, a ā€œI made this monster, now I must destroy itā€ sort of thing. Case in point: Witness a new set of posters for the film that takes characters from the film (or, rather, their avatars from the immersive online game OASIS) and inserts them into posters for nostalgia-friendly titles from the ā€˜60s through the ā€˜90s like Back To The Future, Blade Runner, The Breakfast Club, The Lost Boys, and The Matrix. And...thatā€™s it. Much like Ernest Clineā€™s book, itā€™s a series of references for the sake of references.

The posters were first spotted on street corners in Los Angeles and, according to /Film, will be available to view at the Ready Player One VR ā€œExperienceā€ at SXSW. In an email to The A.V. Club, Warner Bros. was more than happy to take credit for these unholy mashups of established and forthcoming nostalgia, and even provided the high-quality copies you see below.

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Stay on high alert for roving packs of nostalgia-baiters until Ready Player One opens on March 29.