30 facts you may not know about Stranger Things

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Ang Lee, Guillermo del Toro attends The 88TH Oscar Nominations Announcements held at Academy Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on January 14th, 2016. (Photo by Adam Orchon) *** Please Use Credit from Credit Field ***
Ang Lee, Guillermo del Toro attends The 88TH Oscar Nominations Announcements held at Academy Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on January 14th, 2016. (Photo by Adam Orchon) *** Please Use Credit from Credit Field *** /

24. Guillermo Del Toro partially inspired the monster

You know Guillermo Del Toro from such things as Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy. He’s known for his incredible attention to detail and artistic vision in bringing monsters to life. For Pan’s Labyrinth especially, he created the character of the Pale Man, a terrifying creature that terrorizes Ofelia throughout the film.

Del Toro‘s work inspired the designs seen in Stranger Things, as Ross Duffer explains:

"We’re big fans of Guillermo. In the company Special Motion that built our monster, the dudes who designed it were the ones who do a lot of Guillermo’s stuff. What we were trying to do with our monster is, first of all, we wanted it to be a dude in a suit, which limits you but in a good way. We wanted it to have a simplicity to it, so that if you’re a 12-year-old and you’re watching the show and you get inspired, you could easily sketch this thing out with your markers or crayons or whatever, then you’d show your friends and they’d instantly go, “Oh yeah, that’s the Demogorgon, that’s the monster from Stranger Things.”"

Much like the Pale Man, a lot of the Demogorgon’s terror in Stranger Things lies in his face. Because there’s a “dude in a suit,” this limits the design to somewhat of a humanoid appearance. But the Duffer Brothers asked for help from Special Motion, a company that worked with Del Toro before.