25 Best Facts About Stranger Things

Posted by , Updated on November 27, 2022

It’s no secret Stranger Things has become a surprise pop-cultural phenomenon. Hence, all the times your friends and coworkers won’t stop talking about it. It’s easy to see why, too. Appealing to 80’s nostalgia is all the rage right now. Plus, its interesting characters, creative set pieces, and bizarre storytelling make it an homage to be proud of. It also lives up to its name. From Eleven’s telekinesis to Demogorgon, things certainly do get strange on the show. However, you might be surprised about some of the weird facts about Stranger Things. Ready to find your way into the Upside-Down? Here are 25 Best Facts About Stranger Things.


The concept was envisioned by The Duffer Brothers after asking the question, "What if Spielberg made a Stephen King movie?"

spielberg kingSource: http://www.vulture.com/2017/08/the-duffer-brothers-upside-down-journey-to-stranger-things.html

The Duffer Brothers pitched it to several producers and executives, all who passed on the idea. Eventually, they teamed up with producer Shawn Levy and pitched the idea to Netflix. The rest, of course, is history.

duffer brothersSource: http://www.vulture.com/2017/08/the-duffer-brothers-upside-down-journey-to-stranger-things.html

While in development, they called the project "Montauk," named after the New York beach. They scrapped the name and location when they found out it was too hard to film in winter.

montaukSource: https://techiegamers.com/stranger-things-facts/

Actor Gaten Matarazzo, who plays the role of Dustin, actually has something known as cleidocranial dysplasia, a disorder that affects the bones and teeth. He said he lost 100 roles before landing his role on Stranger Things.

gaten matarazzoSource: https://www.self.com/story/stranger-things-star-gaten-matarazzo-shares-what-life-is-like-with-his-rare-bone-disorder

Netflix loved the concept so much they ordered a full season 24 hours after hearing it.

netflixSource: https://www.techtimes.com/articles/171328/20160725/netflix-bought-full-season-of-stranger-things-the-day-after-hearing-its-pitch.htm

In preparation for filming, the cast, crew, and writers were told to watch more 80's movies, like The Goonies and Poltergeist.

poltergeistSource: https://www.telltalesonline.com/21396/stranger-things-facts/

The Duffer Brothers thoroughly vetted their cast, auditioning 906 boys and 307 girls for various roles. They had many of them say lines from the movie Stand By Me.

millie bobby brownSource: http://ew.com/tv/2016/07/15/stranger-things-premiere-duffer-brothers/

Stephen King was impressed by Millie Brown's acting before she was in Stranger Things. In 2014, he tweeted about her performance in the movie Intruders, calling her "terrific."

stephen kingSource: https://twitter.com/StephenKing/status/516224402154094592

The Duffer Brothers wrote out an intricate 30-page document explaining the Upside-Down and the Demogorgon.

demogorgonSource: https://variety.com/2016/tv/news/stranger-things-finale-duffer-brothers-interview-season-2-1201816664/

The Stranger Things kids chemistry wasn't all acting. They became good friends before they shot the first scene, texting each other in a group chat.

stranger things castSource: https://www.telltalesonline.com/21396/stranger-things-facts/

The composers, Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon, of the now iconic score are also part of the experimental electronic band called Survive.

stranger thingsSource: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/la-et-ms-stranger-things-music-20171030-story.html

The Upside-Down isn't its actual name. On all the scripts, it's referred to as "The Nether."

stranger things 2Source: https://www.cbr.com/stranger-things-upside-down-real-name/

Holly, the toddler girl on the show, is played by twins Anniston and Tinsley Price. Most of their scenes aren't scripted.

holly stranger thingsSource: http://www.ew.com/article/2016/07/17/stranger-things-duffer-brothers-episode-3/

Millie Bobby Brown, who plays the character Eleven, was born and raised in Spain to English parents that decided to move out to LA and put her in acting school.

millie brownSource: https://www.telltalesonline.com/21396/stranger-things-facts/

Winona Ryder wanted her character to have Meryl Streep's hair from the movie Silkwood.

winona ryderSource: https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/new-netflix-drama-stranger-things-revisits-the-era-of-et-and-freddy-krueger-1.152284

Originally, they wanted the teens to find Will using the Christmas lights, but it was changed when a producer said Joyce should use them to contact Will.

stranger things lightsSource: https://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/film-tv/g13305063/stranger-things-trivia/?slide=11

David Harbour, who plays the role of Hopper, wanted the character to wear the hat as an homage to Indiana Jones.

david harbourSource: https://www.hindustantimes.com/art-and-culture/exclusive-actor-david-harbour-speaks-about-netflix-s-stranger-things-and-working-with-winona-ryder/story-DIYYNGmeWjfjP6b4lQ1VuM.html

Sometimes the smallest choices make the biggest impact. When Millie Brown jerked her neck to the side while using her telekinesis to snap a character's neck, it was totally improvised.

elevenSource: http://www.slashfilm.com/stranger-things-shawn-levy-dan-cohen-interview/

Cinematographer Tim Ives used the RED Dragon to shoot Season 1, feeling it was similar to the lenses used in the 70's and 80's.

Red_Dragon_QatarSource: https://deadline.com/2017/08/stranger-things-tim-ives-duffer-brothers-cinematography-emmys-interview-1202141889/

Though, in order to get that 80's look, the colorist scanned 80's film grain to each frame to make it look more like a product of the time.

stranger things 80s lookSource: http://ew.com/tv/2016/07/18/stranger-things-duffer-brothers-episode-4/

When The Duffer Brothers approached Winona Ryder to play Joyce, she had no idea what streaming was and had never done a television series before.

winona ryderSource: https://techiegamers.com/stranger-things-facts/

To have Millie Brown float in the water scene, they poured twelve hundred pounds of epsom salts in the water.

eleven floatingSource: https://www.popsci.com/what-would-it-take-to-make-sensory-deprivation-tank-from-stranger-things

Steve was originally scripted to be, quote, "the biggest douchebag on the planet." However, the creators thought actor Joe Keery brought a certain likable charisma to the character and wanted to keep his character around rather than ditching him at the end of the first season.

joe keerySource: https://uproxx.com/hitfix/stranger-things-steve-was-as-shocked-as-you-were-about-nancys-final-choice/

On the set of Season 2, Millie Brown showed up covered in glitter. It halted production for thirty minutes while they cleaned it off. No one knows how it happened.

millie brownSource: http://ew.com/tv/2016/07/16/stranger-things-duffer-brothers-episode-2/

The Duffer Brothers showed Millie Brown a picture of Charlize Theron from Mad Max: Fury Road to convince her to shave her head for the role. Her mom tried to talk her out of it, but she said it was the best decision she ever made.

shaved head elevenSource: http://www.indiewire.com/2016/07/stranger-things-millie-bobby-brown-interview-eleven-11-netflix-season-2-1201707207/

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