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This Animatronic Test Video for the “Stranger Things” Demogorgon is Practical Effects Heaven

Practical effects will always be the coolest.

Last year’s “Stranger Things” gave rise to the Dungeons & Dragons-inspired Demogorgon, a long-limbed monster with a petal-like face that opens to reveal a dentist’s worst nightmare. Hell, ANYONE and EVERYONE’s worst nightmare. The creature, brought to life both practically and digitally, was portrayed by Mark Steger, who we chatted with last summer. Steger explained to us that Spectral Motion tested out the various appendages and appliances for several months during pre-production, and now one of those test videos has been uploaded by the company.

Spotted on the Spectral Motion Facebook page, the 35-second video shows a movement test of the animatronic Demogorgon head, revealing that much of what you probably thought was digital was actually old school practical effects. The video highlights the monster’s face opening and closing, and we apologize in advance if it causes you to lose some sleep tonight.

The company also showed off some behind the scenes photos of the Demogorgon head being sculpted and the suit being tested out by Steger, which you’ll find below the video.








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