What is Stranger Things like without the special effects

Stranger things became famous for combining practical effects and special effects.

And the combination of these two elements was crucial in creating the supernatural and frightening elements that captivated audiences.

Check out some moments from the series below. Netflix without and with special effects (via Loopers).

The Demogorgon uses multiple effects to gain life


One of the most iconic elements of Stranger things It’s the Demogorgon. To bring the Demogorgon to life, the special effects team uses a combination of practical effects and CGI.

In some scenes, the Demogorgon is played by an actor wearing a costume and practical prosthetics, while in others CGI is used to create the creature’s more complex movements and features.

Maximum execution sequence


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One of the most emotional and intense scenes of the series occurs when Max escapes from Vecna ​​​​to the sound of Running up that hill. The sequence involves a desperate race as he faces dangers and obstacles, including racing up a hill covered in blood and smoke.

To create this scene, the special effects team used a combination of practical effects, such as sets and props, along with CGI manipulation to enhance the most dangerous and impressive elements.

The Mind Flayer


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The Mind Flayer is another frightening creature that plays an important role in the plot of Stranger things.

To create Mind Flayer, the special effects team used a combination of a beach ball suspended overhead as a reference for the actors, as well as animation to preview the battle.

Chaos at the mall

Gwinnett Place Mall

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The third season of Stranger Things introduces a new setting: Starcourt Mall. As the story develops, the mall becomes a chaotic stage, with epic battles between the main characters and supernatural creatures.

To create these scenes of action and chaos, the series team found a nearly empty shopping mall and filled the place with all kinds of characterful objects, as well as illuminated signs. To refine the environment, they used digital modeling and painting.

The battle against the Demobat


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In season four, Steven ventures into the Upside Down and is greeted by an attack from a Demobat. As with the other monsters, the team used a mix of practical effects and CGI for the scene.

While the actors interacted with a Demobat puppet during filming, the creature’s more intricate details and movements were added later with the help of CGI.

Bob’s tragic death by Demodog


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One of the most shocking deaths in the series occurs when Bob, Joyce’s boyfriend, is attacked by a Demodog. To create this traumatic scene, the special effects team used a combination of prosthetics and CGI.

Prosthetics were applied to the actor, simulating the injuries caused by Demodog. An actor played Demodog, while CGI enhanced the creature’s details and made the scene even scarier.

Darth’s story


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Dart is one of the most intriguing creatures on “Stranger Things.” Initially it is a small “puppy” that Dustin finds and takes care of like a pet. However, Dart ends up turning into a dangerous creature.

To create Dart’s appearance and transformations, the special effects team combined practical makeup and prosthetics with CGI to add more intricate details and features to the creature.

The Shadow Monster and his dominion over Will


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Shadow Monsters are one of the most powerful threats in Stranger things. She takes control of Will’s mind and uses his influence to threaten the town of Hawkins.

To bring this dark creature to life, the special effects team uses a combination of CGI and practical effects, including makeup and prosthetics to transform the actor when under the control of the Shadow Monsters.

The sinister figure of Vecna


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In the fourth season of Stranger Thing, the story introduces a new villain, Vecna. This sinister figure aims to dominate Hawkins and spread chaos throughout the world.

To create Vecna’s frightening appearance and presence, the special effects team uses a combination of makeup, costumes, prosthetics and visual effects.

Actor Jamie Campbell Bower spent about 7 hours in the makeup room to transform into Vecna.

The victims of Vecna


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To portray the terrible consequences of Vecna’s actions, the special effects team used a combination of practical effects and CGI, creating destroyed sets and adding stunning details to convey the severity of the consequences.

The Hawkins Rift


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At the end of Stranger Things season 4, Vecna ​​manages to connect the Upside Down to Hawkins, creating a giant fissure that cuts through the city.

To create such a crack it was necessary to build sets and various props, with the help of CGI, animation and digital lighting.

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