Netflix’s new supernatural drama Stranger Things almost came out of nowhere just two short weeks ago. TV critics have been singing the show’s praises for some time, since it wonderfully combined 80s nostalgia with lovable characters and an engrossing central mystery. Yet it was still quite a surprise when the eight episodes of season 1 were suddenly available for viewing and the series took on a life of its own.
Netflix has yet to grant the series a second season, but given the response from audiences and critics alike — not to mention the creators themselves, the Duffer Brothers — there’s a good chance the streaming giant will announce season 2 soon. Some prequel questions still remain unanswered, and the story left off on a few cliffhangers. Producer and director Shawn Levy has already confirmed there are plans for more seasons on the horizon, even though the monster was destroyed and dealt with in the season finale.
However, that’s not to say that some part of the monster could come back. For ideas of how that might happen, some concept art gives us a different look at the ‘Demogorgon’ who lives in the the alternate dimension. Conceptual artist Nuttavut Baiphowongse appears to have gone through various iterations resembling the creature of 80s hits The Thing or Alien. In the album below, you can see the final as well as alternate designs for the terrifying Upside-Down Monster.
Even in previous concepts the monster remains faceless, instead sporting a mouth full of teeth in some or simply a slit in others. It seems great care was taken in not making the ‘Demogorgon’ have any appealing human characteristics at all, except for one concept (#2) which is the most down-to-earth of all of them. In the end, the final concept (#5) that appears in the movie went even weirder with the creature’s face opening up into four flaps to suck the life out of its victims.
Some have criticized the special effects used to render the actual monster seen in the final episodes, but when it was glimpsed earlier on in shadows it had quite a different effect. To bring the monster to life, creators Matt and Ross Duffer used a combination of a suit with prosthetics/animatronics and then effects for action sequences, giving it a combination of realness and usability. It all paid off because the Upside-Down Monster is one of the most memorable parts of the series.
Screen Rant will have more news on Stranger Things as details are made available.
Source: Nuttavut Baiphowongse
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