If you’re like most people, you’ve been completely obsessed with the Netflix sci-fi series “Stranger Things” since it premiered last year. While we all love the show, there are probably some things about it that you don’t know. For example, did you know that the actor who plays Eleven was actually born with supernatural powers? Or that the Duffer brothers based much of the show on their own childhood experiences? Keep reading for more surprising “Stranger Things” facts.
Here are 20 Crazy ”Stranger Things” Fun Facts You Never Knew
1. The series was originally going to be set in the 1980s.
2. The idea for the show came from the Duffer brothers’ love of horror movies and Stephen King novels.
3. The title of the show was inspired by a Steven Spielberg movie called “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”
4. The town of Hawkins, Indiana is named after Matt Duffer’s hometown.
5. Eleven’s iconic shaved head was not planned from the beginning. It was only decided after actress Millie Bobby Brown auditioned for the role and shaved her head herself.
6. The Demogorgon, the monstrous creature that terrorizes Hawkins, is based on a real mythological creature of the same name.
7. The show’s theme song is a cover of the classic song “Should I Stay or Should I Go” by The Clash.
8. Gaten Matarazzo, who plays Dustin, has cleidocranial dysplasia, a real life condition that affects the development of teeth and bones.
9. Winona Ryder, who plays Joyce Byers, was cast in the role after the Duffers saw her performance in “Beetlejuice.”
10. The character of Barb was originally supposed to be a larger part of the series but she was killed off early on due to scheduling conflicts with actress Shannon Purser.
11. Eleven’s fake nose was created using prosthetic glue and makeup, not CGI.
12. The Duffer brothers have said that the show is heavily influenced by Steven Spielberg movies, particularly “E.T.” and “Jaws.”
13. The reason why Will is coughing up slugs in the first season is never fully explained but it is hinted that he may have inhaled them while he was in the Upside Down.
14. The scene where Eleven uses her powers to stop a moving car was originally going to be much more graphic but it was toned down for television.
15. Gaten Matarazzo’s sister, Sabrina, also has cleidocranial dysplasia and she appears in the show as his character’s cousin.
16. The role of Eleven was originally going to be played by a male actor but the Duffers decided to change the character to a girl after seeing Millie Bobby Brown’s audition.
17. The show has been praised for its diverse cast, which includes people of different races and backgrounds.
18. “Stranger Things” is one of the most popular shows on Netflix and it has been renewed for a second season.
19. The Duffer brothers have said that they are open to the idea of making a movie based on the show but nothing has been officially announced yet.
20. “Stranger Things” has been described as a love letter to the 1980s and it has been praised for its nostalgic feel.
If you’re a fan of Stranger Things, we have some fun facts for you that you may not have known. We hope you enjoyed this little tidbit of information about the show and its cast. What are your thoughts on the series? Leave us a comment below!