This season of Strange things thoroughly enjoyed the horror, drawing from scary classic movies alike A Nightmare on Elm Street and Carrie. The Duffer brothers were so beautiful open about their influence and make sure the cast knows too. When auditioning for main antagonist Vecnaactor Jamie Campbell Bower has been given a script from a legal thriller Primordial fear and supernatural horror movies Hellraiser.
It was Primordial fearThat really helped him tap into Vecna’s complex psyche, says Bower. Before Vecna was Vecna, he was One, the once highly regarded test subject of Dr Brenner, who Eleven charms and attract her sympathy. And before he was One, he was Henry Creel, a freak boy who brutally murdered his family. In Primordial fear (The spoilers come if you don’t want a 26-year-old movie ruined for you), a young man (played by Edward Norton) fakes dissociative identity disorder, seamlessly switching between peaceful and cruel manner.
Bower said in a roundtable interview: “The character is showing two versions of themselves, which really ends up having only him making love. “I took that reference, and went with that. So the end of [episode] 7, where we really see Henry for who he is, it’s always underneath this mask, I’ll be nice to you, I’ll be sweet to you, cause I want to get out of here. Can you help me? “
One of Bower’s favorite parts about Strange things going into all the references. Outside Primordial fear and Hellraiserhe also reviewed the works of Clive Barker – including the Hellraiser novels as well as Candy man short stories – and films by John Carpenter, special Halloween.
But there was a horror homage that Bower wanted to instill in that didn’t quite go the way he had planned. He describes a scene from third Hellraiser movie that he thought would combine perfectly with Vecna, who drew a lot of influence from Pinhead.
“There was a scene where Pinhead went into the church and took out a pin on his head, another pin from his head, put them in his hand, stood there and said, ‘I am the way,’ and then That church window exploded. in,” Bower describes. “So for the scenes of Vecna hovering in the attic, I said to Matt and Ross, It’s great to pay tribute to this incredible character, the amazing actor Doug Bradley. And it’s like Jesus. ”
The Duffer brothers were on board to try it out. “We did it,” Bower said, immediately bursting into laughter. “And it looks like complete crap.”
Strange things season 4 episode 2 is currently streaming on Netflix.