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[intro music] [typewriter keys clacking] You love it. We love it. But how much do you really know about this fabulous throwback to 1980s sci fi, fantasy, and horror? Welcome to watchmojo.com and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 Stranger Things facts. [in video] Who is this? What have you done to my boy? Give me back my son! [screams] For this list, we’ll be ranking the most interesting and notable facts about Stranger Things, its creators, the Duffer brothers, and the cast and characters that have captured the imaginations of kids and adults alike. Holy shit! [whimpering] Number 10: Netflix bought the show within 24 hours. [in video] How was I supposed to know it was going to take 10 hours? Sometimes, you just know you got a good thing when you see it. This was exactly the case when Netflix first saw Stranger Things. as the streaming media giant snapped up the show for an 8 episode debut season within 24 hours of hearing the pitch. We started talking about, if we were going to do a television show, what that would look like. and what would be cool and what hasn’t been done on television before. Producer and co-director, Sean Levy, assisted the Duffer bros in pitching their idea to Netflix as a dyed in the wool genre show. indebted to such directors as Steven Spielberg yet posessing a darkness all its own. The rest, as they say, is history, as Stranger Things became a runaway success almost immediately. [monster growling] [screaming] Number 9: the boys auditioned by reenacting Stand By Me. [in video] Suck my fat one, you cheep dime store hood. The Duffer bros auditioned a staggering amount of child actors before narrowing things down to their main cast for Stranger Things. Over 900 boys and 300 girls, to be specific. But none were actually made privy to the real plot of the show. For example, Millie Bobby Brown knew very little about her character, Eleven, and performed her audition with dummy sides: scenes that are used to test an actor’s ability without giving too much away about the plot. The bath? (off-screen male voice: Yes.) Yes, the bath. Meanwhile, the boys were called upon to reenact scenes from the classic Stephen King adaptation, Stand By Me. which itself parallels Stranger Things with its young protagonists and heavy coming of age narrative. [in video] And while you guys are dragging your candy asses halfway across the state and back, I’ll be waiting for you on the other side, relaxing with my thoughts. Number 8: Millie Bobby Brown shaved her head because of Imperator Furiosa. [in video] You wanna get through this? [panting] Do as I say. A lot of actors are dedicated to their craft. So dedicated, they may make some drastic changes to their personal style. But 12-year-old actress, Millie Bobby Brown hadn’t expected to. Apparently, there was no mention of a haircut during her initial Skype call with the Duffer bros. It was only when they first met in person that the Stranger Things creators informed Brown that she’d have to shave her head for the role of Eleven. Although Brown’s mother initially objected, the Duffer bros managed to get Millie to agree to that buzzcut by showing her a photo of Charlize Theron’s character Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road. [in video] Now that I drive a war rig, this is the best shot I’ll ever have. With that, Millie was transformed into the telekinetic kid we know and love. [can crunching] Number 7: Steve Harringtons’ character arc was tweaked. [in video] Here you go, man. [clattering] Anyone who likes 1980s cinema knows that the teen villains generally stay jerks right until the end without much redemption. Not so with Steve Harrington. You need to leave. No, no, listen. I, I, I messed up, okay? I messed up. And the Duffer bros have actor, Joe Keery, to thank for this trend-bucking decision. As the duo was so impressed with the young man’s likable personality, that they actually tweaked his character’s story arc to make him more developed as a love interest for Nancy. Sure, it doesn’t often happen that the local bully sees the error of his ways and starts running with the right crowd, but this is just another great example of the depth Stranger Things adds to its characters. [monster growling] Steve! [Steve grunting] [monster growling] Number 6: the Demogorgon wasn’t completely CGI. [intense music] [monster growling] The Demogorgon was one of the central antagonists of Stranger Things, and posessed a fearsome presence on set, thanks to the fact that the special effects department combined modern CGI with some very convincing practical effects. The Demogorgon itself was portrayed by a man named Mark Steger a body-based performance artist who wore a partially animatronic suit for many of the scenes. The end result was so effective, in fact, that the young twins who played Holly on the show were terrified of the Demogorgon. The production team had to calm them down by comparing the monster to something out of Pixar’s Monster’s Inc. [in video] What happened? The kid almost touched me. She got this close to me! She wasn’t scared of you? She was only six! I could have been dead! Number 5: 80’s influences galore. [Halloween music] Younger audiences may not be able to point out all the references to 1980s culture and cinema, but older Stranger Things fans will likely welcome the opportunity to revisit some of their favorite styles and tropes. The Duffer bros pulled stylistic and conceptual references from such diverse artists as Stephen King, John Carpenter, and the aforementioned, Steven Spielberg, and also asked the cast to watch films like Stand By Me, Poltergeist, and The Goonies, for inspiration when it came time to shoot. [in video] Mike! I found the chocolate pudding! There was also a technical homage. Though it was shot digitally, Stranger Things utilized a layer of scanned grain in post-production to lent at the feeling of vintage filmstock. [in video] What do you want? I want to know how you did it. How I did what? Number 4: A fake trailer was cut to test the soundtrack. [synth-based music] You already know the Duffer bros were highly influenced by directors like John Carpenter and Steven Spielberg, but this inspiration wasn’t only limited to how Stranger Things looked, but also how it sounded. [eerie music] [in video] He’s a tall caucasian male. Doesn’t appear armed. Wearing sunglasses. The show’s creators wanted to use a synthesizer-based soundtrack to highlight the show’s 1980s setting and style. but also to differentiate it from Spielberg and the traditional orchestral accompaniment found in such films as E.T. [orchestral music] [in video] Not so high! Not so high! So the Duffer bros put together a fake trailer with scenes from over 25 of their favorite movies to test their musical idea. [synth-based music] Please, someone! My son is trapped! The result? Dark John Carpenter-esque drones won out over sweeping strings and horns to create the final product of Stranger Things’ musical universe. [synth-based music] Number 3: Gaten Matarazzo’s voice changed during filming. [in video] Do you remember when Will fell off his bike and broke his finger? He sounded a lot like that. Working on a film or television show takes time, and while it’s all fine and dandy not to get a haircut for a few months, when kid actors are involved, some other factors come into play that can’t be controlled. [in video, in Austrialian accent] Hello, this is Dustin, and this is secretary and treasurer of Hawkins Middle AV club. Do you eat kangaroos for breakfast? Actor Gaten Matarazzo was going through puberty during shooting, and had to record additional dialogue for his role as Dustin. Well, thankfully they’re skipping a year ahead, for next season. [Jimmy Kimmel: Okay, oh that makes sense.] Yeah, ’cause you’re going to have a mustache by then. [Audience laughing] This process, also known as ‘dubbing’, is often done during the post-production work to clean up scenes. But, in Matarazzo’s case, his voice had changed so much that it no longer matched up with what had already been shot for his character. Yeah, that’s right! You better run! She’s our friend and she’s crazy! You come back here, she’ll kill you! You hear me? Number two: Conspiracy theorists surmise real life Elevens might exist. [in video] Incredible. Stranger Things was no stranger to rewrites, but it was actually almost called something else: Montauk. Seem random? It’s actually a reference. Supposedly, Camp Hero in Montauk, New York, plays host to a series of secret government projects. Conspiracy theorists have claimed that these projects involved anything from time travel to what is deemed “psychological warfare”. Or, “the attempt to intimidate another person using whatever means necessary”. [in video] The experiment worked. It was a tremendous success. It also literally destroyed the minds of the men on the ship. Preston Nichols, author of the Montauk Project series of novels, claims to have repressed memories of his own involvement with the project. Some of what Nichols describes seems pretty close to what ended up in the show. Like a creature coming into the real world from the mind of a patient. [wall crumbling] Before we reveal our strangest pick, here are a few honorable mentions. Natalia: How well do you know your significant other? We’re going to find out. Gaten: I think we know the most about each other. More than anybody. [music] Number 1: There’s a 30 page explanation of the Upside Down. [eerie music] Fans loved watching the twisted, bleak, and unique visual flare the Duffer bros brought to their Stranger Things netherworld: the Upside Down. This otherworldly dimension was still very much a mystery by the time Season 1 ran its course, however, leaving plenty of room for questions and interpretation from the audience. [in video] You create a doorway. Like a gate? Sure. But, the Duffer brothers have more up their sleeves. They actually wrote a 30 page document that explained both the Demagorgon and the Upside Down, but purposefully kept much of it under wraps during the debut season. Future seasons promise to reveal more info about this realm of darkness and monsters and we can’t wait to find out. [coughing] [eerie music] So, do you agree with our list? Which Stranger Things facts do you find the most fascinating? [in video] Okay, so the gate has a really strong electromagnetic field and that can change the directions of a compass needle. For more Eggo-eating top tens published daily, be sure to subscribe to watchmojo.com [music] [outro music]

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100 thoughts on “Top 10 Stranger Things Facts”

  1. Thorne Pleiades says:

    Damn, when Corey Feldman was so young

  2. Full Comic Alchemist says:

    Steves ark is actually my favourite thing about stranger things instead of being one dimensional it showed that even good guys are capable of being jerks and vice versa we've all been a jerk at one point and felt shitty after

  3. Izaiah Miller says:

    Someone stole all of your facts for their video…

  4. Elora james pizza pizza pizza pizza says:

    ok 11 just looks like a boy in the thumnail omg

  5. Yöøńięvëršê _ says:

    No joke but….. I was like Eleven when i was little,And I'm serious , seriously no joke , i had telekenetic powers but no one could see it cus only people who have a third eye could see it. I am not joking.

  6. heezen heezen says:

    I love Stevenking

  7. Xavier Lajara says:

    Im in love with Stranger Things can't wait for season 2

  8. Nela Becirbasic says:

    Steve ❤️❤️❤️

  9. Don Fripp says:

    I think the Duffer Brothers would have made an excellent movie of 'IT'. Sort of glad they didn't get it, or we would not have the truly awesome 'Stranger Things'!

  10. SaBi NuKi says:

    Teens Twin Peaks…

  11. KuGiCa Imp says:

    STRANGER THINGS IS A "HOPEFULLY-NO-ONE-FINDS-OUT" AND A SHAMELESS RIP-OFF. IT WAS COPIED FROM THE 2007 ORIGINAL JAPANESE ANIME SERIES CALLED "GHOST HOUND" OR "UNSEEN WORLD," WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY MADE IN 1987 BUT WAS AIRED IN 2007 AND FURTHER. STRANGER THINGS DID NOT EVEN DARE MENTION THEIR ORIGINAL JAPANESE ANIME INSPIRATION. DISGUSTING AND PATHETIC!!!

  12. Ceck 2 says:

    Stand by me is awesome

  13. Ceck 2 says:

    I've seen all of the movies

  14. The space Dorito says:

    Well that's STRAAAAAAAAANGE…I'm sorry

  15. Sam Aclan says:

    "The Upside Down" concept pretty much reminds me of Silent Hill. But awesome show nonetheless!!

  16. La'Ron Kinmon says:

    I feel dumb but is the logo for watch moji a smile in the o's and the j mojo

  17. Wx Xr says:

    anyone get a Beyond The Black Rainbow vibe

  18. litzach chruya says:

    2:29 why this guy is so fammilar to me

  19. pinchealberto says:

    omg! I want that black Schwinn so much

  20. Sanaya S. B. says:

    My friend NO DOUT looks like Will

  21. DragonHeart613 says:

    Steven Spielberg movies + John Carpenter movies & music + The Works of Stephen King = Stranger Things 🙂

  22. Josh Hughey says:

    Season 2 better not be about that thing that uhhh whatever his name is coughed up and went down in the sink cause then that would be a careless mistake

  23. Lisa’s Chi Chi Chan says:

    Omg I can’t wait, it’s my era of when I grew up which makes it even better

  24. Daphny Pinette says:

    I knew everything (͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) ɪ ᴀɪɴᴛ sᴛᴜᴘɪᴅ ɢᴜʀʟʟʟ

  25. Raven Claw says:

    I hope there's a show made when I'm 25 that has references to my generation….so I would actually get the references…..

  26. nikosk8s says:

    love thus vid but did barb die????

  27. Grace Clark says:

    this show totally reminded me of 'miss peregrines home for peculiar children'

  28. Shotgun x1000 says:

    Cant wait till season 2 i think its on the 27th october

  29. Roy Hunsinger says:

    I finished the 1st season last weekend. So hyped for season 2

  30. Lazarus Synn says:

    i love how they broke the trope with Steves growth, did not see that one coming.

  31. Dire Shadow says:

    Yeah the Bully turning out to be a good character was great.

  32. Spence Wedum says:

    Upside Down = Death Zone/Hell end of story

  33. EasyJGaming says:

    I think steve needs a cough…ferris buelers…cough day off

  34. Sharpen Strokes says:

    Stranger Things is awesome! and it's score is even better, I'm a musician and for the 2 season of ST, I've composed this "Switched on-32" variation of the main soundtrack theme, hope you like it!! Thank u https://youtu.be/f7J1vUPmLlE

  35. King Xolmis says:

    And with the Season 2 premiere Stranger Things has officially claimed the throne of my favorite Netflix original series.

  36. King Xolmis says:

    Here’s one you left out: In real life, Matarazzo has a condition that causes his teeth to look the way they do, so the Duffer Brothers has to write that into Dustin’s story.

  37. Khadijah Brown says:

    Ah, it looks like this is mostly "scare the hell out of them" with a weak plot.

  38. criticalhard says:

    They should have used real 80's cameras imo 🙄🙄🙄

    watching season 2 rn 😱🤗

  39. Dick Francesco says:

    So, I'm a stickler for older movies and have never seen they live, so those, things, legitimately terrified me.

  40. Adams games and comedy says:

    Pay attention to the weapons you use in the show..hops rifle wasn't made until the 2000s. Extendable buttstock…not made in the 80s..small barrel..not made in the 80s.

  41. *сяყвавყღ* *τнεѕмоιвεаиღ* says:

    wtf is the thumbnail.

  42. Titi says:

    Eleven superpower reminds me the ps4 game 'Beyond two souls'. 🙂
    Anyway, I loved that show.

  43. Francisco Castro says:

    I Get It "Eleven"

  44. quin says:

    this fucking thumbnail was horriblly unconvincing lmao

  45. Tea Spiller says:

    #Justiceforbarb

  46. Omaruck says:

    Another fact is that the creators were inspired by Silent Hill to create the Upside Down dimension.

  47. hello says:

    THIS SHOW IS LIT

  48. ツ_iTzRiazPvP says:

    season 2 was amazing

  49. Erica Shady says:

    The music! The music is great. Takes me back 😘

  50. Jon Wick says:

    ya Cory and River Phenix play in stand by me.illumanati kill river phenix.and Cory from stand by me is come out with a movie to expose the pedophile's.god bless him

  51. Jon Wick says:

    eney of you Hollywood pedophile's try turning out these kids and giving them drugs like you did the actors the Cory's I hope you burn in hell .sick illumanti pedophile's burn in hell and let actors life good life's .

  52. Jon Wick says:

    the shadow government has rilly did this to young girls before .so this movie is bast on a Tru story.

  53. Theatre Berries says:

    My favorite character is Eleven.

  54. Lukiver Productions says:

    Same my dad recommended to me when I knew nothing about it

  55. RoseBookFan#7 says:

    Please make a list of top 10 moments from Season 2 like they did for season 1!!!😭😆✊🏼

  56. ryanfranciscoalpha says:

    I dnt know but to me season two mvp is steve

  57. Emeralds says:

    The scene in season 2 ep7 beginning when eleven went to find Kali had a very close similarity to the scene in blood sport when frank dux kick boxer friend is in hospital after a fight and he thinks he's lost him. At the end of ep 7 Kali loses her and looks into her reflection and it switches to eleven, like frank dux sees himself and Chung Li's face

  58. Morgan Burke says:

    I love this show

  59. jenna says:

    When u know all the facts…

    😎

  60. Naveen Karuppaiah says:

    This show is seriously da most epic and awesome show I've ever seen. Even Rick and Morty didnt beat it

  61. Drax The Destroyer says:

    4:24 I lost my shit when he did that flip with the bat 🤓

  62. Gerardo Martinez says:

    The soundtrack, the acting, the directing, editing, shit! Quite everything is just fucking A! In this great series

  63. Cesar Ayala says:

    I hate Mic and will

  64. Karami says:

    Seems like the creators also got ideas from Akira.

  65. ganglord says:

    Subscribe in my channel yasserozich

  66. Pheanox Apex says:

    I am a real life 11

  67. calvin says:

    I just demolished this shit!! Watched both Season 1 and 2 in one go and I feel weird af.

  68. Abram Sullivan says:

    I love Stranger Things but is this show fucking with me

  69. Matthew Payne says:

    I would say Millie stole the show on Intruders…….But She WAS the damn show, she blew all the adult actors on that show out of the water, And there where some kick ass actors on that show.

  70. Rory Stewart says:

    current principal inform mzeelu tragedy award asleep should voice cart correlation.

  71. Hell to the yeah says:

    Rate this 11/10

  72. Rachael Stewart says:

    Actually the Demogorgon is based on the slender man. Crazy,isn't?

  73. Toy Box-123 says:

    Wow 😮 so many facts

  74. Taco Tv says:

    I new basically all of them I love stranger things soooo much

  75. Laura Gustafson says:

    So this is more like a theory than a fact but remember at the beginning of the series that the boy's were playing dungeons and dragons and Will said he got a seven and that the Demogorgon got him, well he was said to be got for a week and that he got taken by the Demogorgon so whenever Will rolled a seven AKA a week AKA the number he rolled and he was kidnapped by the Demogorgon for as said like a week. So this actually might mean something.

  76. 3dotsOneSpace says:

    I love how they pay attention to the details, and yet they create a masterpiece that will be timeless

  77. Артём Филенко says:

    MI-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-IKE! I FOUND THE CHOCOLATE PUDDING!

  78. Kayleebox says:

    I agree with your lust, but another fact is that Millie and the actor who played Johnathan(Can't remember the actors name!!) are both British.

  79. Ramit Panangat says:

    This show is overrated 😑

  80. light of death 74 says:

    WILL U STOP DOING THAT

  81. Cayci Collins says:

    I love the fact about the upside down

  82. Tessa Cunningham says:

    It said full episodes but that is not what comes up.

  83. Izuku Midoriya says:

    Should i stay or should eggo

  84. nn no says:

    11.00 minutes edit: 11 minutes and 1*8* seconds

  85. ImPoliticalOK says:

    Stranger things is the biggest piece of shit I have ever seen !!!!

  86. DragonMaster UNO says:

    WatchMojo you really couldn’t have done 11 Facts

  87. TheOfficeGamer says:

    Bald 11 looks like natalie portman in v for vedentta

  88. Fabio Alves Show says:

    Who Is Ready For Season 3

  89. Camryn Thompson says:

    My favorite characters are mike and nancy

  90. Echo Indigo says:

    Real life Elevens DO exist. You don't have to believe me. I'm not here to change anyone's mind. I know for a fact Elevens exist.

    We. Are. REAL.

  91. Jeffrey Williams says:

    4:13 This is why there should be a found footage episode.

  92. Garrett Gamez says:

    I'm here as an eager person who just finished season 1 and 2 not so patiently waiting for Season 3

  93. David Hubbard says:

    Its Will's reality! That's what the upside down is, it's Will's reality!

  94. Shannon Costello says:

    .

  95. Kieran Tarshis says:

    I am only 10 years old but thanks to my mom I knew nearly all of the 80s references

  96. K Rodriguez says:

    really?!! like you couldn't show her Demi Moore's all out buzz from GI Jane? or Brittany's melt down shave? so may ways to spin this, and they are all good!

  97. Paula Fitzhenry says:

    Did they use Chunks voice from the Goonies to dub Dustin?

  98. Jane Ives says:

    I AM Imperator Furiosa.

  99. Unside the life of Giulian says:

    2019 anyone..?

  100. Plagus says:

    There was a Chernobyl = eleven theory, mad max is eleven is better than Chernobyl = eleven

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