If you've watched the first season of this unbelievable new Netflix show, you've only scratched the surface. The Duffer Brothers filled Stranger Things to the gills with enough '80s references and brilliant acting to keep fans watching for a long time. Let's look behind the scenes of Stranger Things!
Stephen King's influence played not only a role in the subject matter of this show, but also in the way it was structured. Ross Duffer, one of the brothers, explained, "It's exciting that this is Netflix andnota movie, and that's why we put the chapter title cards on every episode. We wanted it to feel like you're sitting down and reading this big fat Stephen King book." There's nothing like an unbelievable Stephen King book to take you away to another universe for a few weeks, and Stranger Things has the same effect.
3. The Kids Had To Read Script Pages From 'Stand By Me' To Audition
In order to audition, the young actors had to read pages from Stand By Me, the seminal film adapting Stephen King's story of four kids who set out on their own in search of a dead body. The shot pictured above — of kids walking along a railroad — was also used in Stranger Things.
4. Younger Actors Were Told The Demogorgons Looked Like The 'Monsters Inc.' Character
Stranger Things was originally shot with the digital Red Dragon camera, but to give it that perfect '80s movie feel, grain was added to the shots in post — scanned from '80s film stop. Ross Duffer explained, "It's always hard to know nowadays if it's just nostalgia. I don't think it is, I think film still looks a lot better with the depth of it and a texture to it. It's a dying art."
Winona Ryder modeled her unique hair in Stranger Things after that of Meryl Streep's in Silkwood. Both roles were mothers fighting for the truth against mysterious laboratories, as Meryl Streep's character in Silkwood fought to prove a plutonium plant was poisoning her town.
Did you know those spooky Demogorgons were full-sized puppets? It's true! The Duffers worked with Spectral Motion, Guillermo Del Toro's company. They explained, "The monsters and creatures were always scarier when they felt very real and tangible, and there’s something about CG that lessens the impact of it."
9. The Duffer Bros Liken The Future Of The Show To 'Harry Potter'
Matt Duffer told Empire Online, "We’ve been talking aboutHarry Potter, even though it's weird to compare it, but I like that you're revisiting these characters and these kids and watching them grow up on a year-to-year basis."
Eleven in high school?! Jonathan Byers as an adult? We can't wait.
10. Future Seasons Will Also Explore Different Dimensions
Matt Duffer continued, "Without giving anything away, when you open the door to alternate dimensions, there’s a lot you can do. We’re not really boxed in!" We can't wait to spend more time in the upside down...even if it's a little terrifying to be there.