11 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Stranger Things

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It’s that spooky time of year when things that give you chills are a priority to watch. Over the summer, Netflix basically broke the Internet when they premiered Stranger Things. The ’80s inspired sci-fi adventure captivated a massive swarm of fans who are already waiting with baited breath for the second season to drop. It’s a show to watch over and over, especially during the creepiest month of the year, but did you know these fun facts about the show?

1. Rumor has it Hopper’s trailer only cost the art department $1 to buy.
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2. The Duffer brothers have a 30-page document mapping out what the Upside Down is, and the nature of the monster.
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3. 1200 pounds of Epsom salt was used to get Eleven to float in the kiddie pool.
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4. Caleb McClaughlin, requested to wear a camouflage bandana during the show. In the final three episodes he’s seen wearing one.
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5. The writers all watched the same films, including The Thing, E.T., and A Nightmare on Elm Street – which heavily influenced Stranger Things during writing and filming.
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6. At their auditions, the kids were asked to read classic scenes from Stand By Me.
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7. They were also asked to watch classic ’80s films:  Stand By Me, The Goonies, and Poltergeist.
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8.  The directors told Millie Bobby Brown their vision to have their performance resemble E.T.
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9. The idea for the series  was tested by cutting together a fake trailer for the show, using clips from over 25 movies.
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10. 906 boys and 307 girls auditioned to find the perfect cast of kids.
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11. The young actors bonded over group chat before shooting began.
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