‘Stranger Things’: 4 of the Freakiest Moments From the Series

Stranger Things Season 4 Part 1 premieres on May 27, 2022. Fans are waiting to join their friends from Hawkins, Indiana. The cast members have said for audiences to expect the upcoming season to raise the stakes in terms of frightening scenes and imagery. Finn Wolfhard, who plays Mike Wheeler in the show, said Stranger Things Season 4 is guaranteed to “freak people out.” While we wait for May 27, here’s a look at some of the scariest moments in the series so far.

The Demogorgon is easily one of 'Stranger Things' freakiest aspects. In this show the Demogorgon opens its mouth in front of Christmas lights in Joyce Byers' house.
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Meeting the Demogorgon in ‘Stranger Things’ Season 1

When Netflix first landed on our screens, most people didn’t know what to expect. Netflix didn’t create a massive marketing campaign as it did with later seasons of the show. Stranger Things Season 1 marketing consisted of a trailer, and that was about it. Regardless, the show exploded in popularity over the next few years. Now, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who didn’t know about the Demogorgon.

In the first episode of Stranger Things Season 1, fans watched as a terrifying humanoid creature crept from the shadows and snatched little Will Byers from the shed behind his house. Audiences didn’t get a long look at the monster until closer to the end of the series. While the Demogorgon in full light is creepy enough, something about how it lurked in the shadows in Stranger Things Season 1 Episode 1 ranks as one of the scariest moments in the series.

When Bob Newby meets his untimely demise in season 2

Stranger Things Season 2 introduces Bob Newby, played by Sean Astin. He and Joyce began dating sometime between seasons 1 and 2. He quickly becomes one of the most lovable characters in the series. However, Bob doesn’t survive when the Demodogs attack him.

Stranger Things features kids as the main characters in the show. Up until the moment of Bob’s death, they shied away from excessively gory scenes. That all changes when Bob gets eaten by the monsters from the Upside Down. The creatures begin to tear Bob apart before he breathes his last breath, and the amount of blood splatter is horrifying to watch. This scene easily lands in the rankings as one of the freakiest moments in all of Stranger Things.

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Exploding rats in ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3

Rats are pretty gross in their own right and not a creature anyone would expect to evoke sympathy from its viewers in more situations. However, in Stranger Things Season 3, the monster known as the Mind Flayer uses the animals to mutate into its own gooey form. 

In Stranger Things Season 3 Episode 1, the rats of Hawkins flock to an abandoned building known as Brimborn Steel Works. The rats start to twitch with little warning before exploding into tiny puddles of pink good. The little blobs make their way to one spot, and audiences watch as they start to form the monster we all know and love, the Mind Flayer.

Bruce and Tom’s mutations in ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3

Stranger Things Season 3 easily ranks as the goriest of the three seasons. We’ve already mentioned the exploding rats, but we can’t leave out the humans who also help form the Mind Flayer. Bruce Lowe (Jake Busey) and Tom Holloway (Michael Park) work the Hawkins Post with Nancy Wheeler (Natalia Dyer) and Jonathan Byers (Charlie Heaton.) Neither treated the teenagers well as employees, so fans weren’t upset to see the two men die horrible deaths.

Toward the end of Stranger Things Season 3, the men, controlled by the Mind Flayer, chase Jonathan and Nancy through the halls of the local hospital. Eventually, the teens defeat the men, but their bodies begin to turn black after they die, and they meet the same fate as the rats. The resulting pink blobs are larger and mold together to create a mini Mind Flayer. It’s definitely not a scene for those with a weak stomach.

Fans only have to wait a few more weeks to see if Stranger Things Season 4 tops season 3 in terms of grossness. Seasons 1-3 are currently streaming on Netflix.

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