10 Fun Facts About Stranger Things
Created by twin brothers Matt and Ross Duffer, Stranger Things has become a phenomenon since its release. The makers took inspiration from many classic sci-fi auteurs like Steven Spielberg, Stephen King, and John Carpenter. Stranger Things’ soundtrack is one of the best parts of the series and it was composed by Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon, members of the band S U R V I V E. The Duffer brothers heard their music when it was used in the film The Guest. The series has become so successful that in its first three days on Netflix, an average of 8.8 million people watched Stranger Things 2. Down below we’ve listed 10 Fun Facts About this great series, Stranger Things that stole everyone’s hearts.
1. The Show Is Based On Real Conspiracy Theories:
Stranger Things is based on real conspiracy theories about the United States government conducting reality-bending experiments on children, especially the ”Montauk Project”, which has been mentioned before in fictions like Lost and in the novel Bleeding Edge. The show even originally called “Montauk” and was supposed to take place in Long Island in 1980. The alleged government experiment took place in the early ’80s. Where the American government apparently kidnapped kids from Long Island to experiment on them. “MK Ultra”, which featured in Episode 3 of Stranger Things, was a real-life project ran by the CIA.
2. Kellogg’s Hit Their Highest Stock Prices:
Stranger Things is a popular show but not only the makers and actors, brands like Kellogg’s also benefited from the fact. Kellogg’s hit their highest stock prices days after Stranger Things released. Eggo waffles are shown to be Eleven’s favourite food which is actually produced the Kellogg’s company. Kellogg’s sealed the opportunity by providing a vintage, 1980s Eggo television advertisement for Netflix.
3. The Show Was Rejected Many Times:
According to the Duffer brothers, they were rejected more than 15 times by various network. They were mainly rejected because of Stranger Things featured kids as leads but it wasn’t actually a children’s show. After so many rejections, the series was finally picked up by Netflix.
Also, the Duffer brother said as the cast got to know each other, they also start to argue on the sets such as “who ate my cheaps”. The cast has become very close and they also have a group chat named Stranger Texts. The gang even went to trick-or-treating together on Halloween.
4. They Auditioned Many Kids For The Main Roles:
Reportedly, the Duffer brothers auditioned 906 boys and 307 girls to find the young leads. Casting director Carmen Cuba undertook the gargantuan task of hearing from 1213 child actors. But Gaten Matarazzo who plays Dustin on the series was selected just after his first audition.
Among all the auditions, Dacre Montgomery’s was the strangest audition. Billy aka Dacre Montgomery danced shirtless to “Come on Eileen” and also wore a G-string in his audition tape.
5. The Casting Of Millie Bobby Brown:
Millie Bobby Brown broke out in the scene after the very first season of Stranger Things. Stephen King actually tweeted about Brown after he saw her talent in Intruders. Brown was Eleven when she came onto the show and her character Eleven was modelled after the iconic E.T. She was told to express more with her expressions and body language than dialogues. And reportedly, the Duffer brother showed photos of Charlize Theron in Mad Max to convince Millie Bobby Brown to shave her head. And when she did shave her head, her dad let go a few tears.
6. The Actor Who Plays Dustin Has A Real Medical Condition:
At the start of the series, Dustin aka Gaten Matarazzo reveals that he has a condition called “Cleidocranial Dysplasia.” Not only on the show but Matarazzo is also affected by this condition in real life. It a medical condition, he was born with, that primarily affects the development of bones and teeth. Gaten’s condition is mild and non-genetic while the condition is typically passed down through the genes. Gaten’s case is quite rare.
7. The Show Was Almost A Different Series:
The show was supposed to be an anthology series with different characters and setting every season. The first season was meant to be a monster-centric flash of 1980s nostalgia, but then they wanted it to tell new eerie tales and progress through the 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and then 2020 in a final season that would air in 2020. Which means the characters we see now would have been gone after the very first season. Fortunately, the makers changed their minds.
8. Steve Was Originally Going To Be Different:
And by different, we mean a huge d-bag. But Joe Keery who plays the character of Steve was so likeable and charming that the makers had to change the idea. Also, Remember the scene in season 1 where Brown aka Eleven was floating in the kiddie pool, yes, to make that happen, the production unit 1,200 pounds of Epsom salts. Also, the “petals” on the Demogorgon’s head have unpredictable and bizarre patterns and they never repeat the same pattern again.
9. The Aged Affect:
To give off those rusty ’80s vibe, the makers of the series filmed it with a digital camera to create an “aged effect” and used a film grain that was the same as film stock from the 1980s. And the colourist added those grains in each frame. Also, Stranger Things grew immensely popular in a very short period. So the production team turned to experts for some tips, the production team of Games of Thrones. As they do have some well-known experience about how to secure the filming sites.
10. References & Tributes:
From the iconic title sequence to its costumes, the Duffer brother has paid homaged and tributes to many especially Stephen King and Steven Spielberg throughout the series. The title sequence was inspired by motion graphics designer Richard Greenberg who designed titles for films including Alien, Superman and The Goonies. And the font of Stranger Things is the same one used in the Dungeons & Dragon Player’s Handbook from the late ’80s.
The character Nancy Wheeler, played by Natalia Dyer, is a homage to Heather Langenkamp’s character from the original A Nightmare on Elm Street. Some of the Episode Titles pays homage to classic horrors. There are even video game references like The “Upside Down” world where the Demogorgon lives shares similarities with the video game Silent Hill. The uniform and SUVs of the police chief from the series is similar to ones from Jaws. if you watch closely, you will find many tributes paid to movies from IT to Poltergeist to even Indiana Jones.