The ‘Stranger Things’ Cast Is Already Scaring Fans Before the Premiere

As innocuous as the cast of Stranger Things appear, they don’t mind upholding the creepy vibe some of them give off on the Netflix series. Leave it up to kid actors to want to scare their fan base, even if that persona could sometimes become a curse as adults.

When doing interviews together, though, there isn’t a more warmhearted group than Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb MacLaughlin, and Sadie Sink. They clearly know one another well, but they’re also game for sticking to their show personas.

They had a chance to scare fans recently thanks to Jimmy Fallon, who set up a prank at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum. Take a minute to look at how scaring people is sometimes the best form of marketing.

The classic “is it real or is it wax?” practical joke

'Stranger Things' cast
(L-R) Actors Gaten Matarazzo, Millie Bobby Brown, Sadie Sink, Finn Wolfhard and Caleb McLaughlin | Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for SiriusXM

We’ve seen a few past stunts where celebrities pose as their own wax figures, then suddenly spring to life to scare the hell out of those viewing. Imagine yourself in Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in NYC and suddenly seeing a cast member of Stranger Things coming to life.

The old horror concept of wax figures animating themselves has always haunted movie and TV audiences. Usually, it’s serial killers or famous movie monsters that come to life in this old trope.

When done as a practical joke, most people don’t expect it, because it’s not done very often. Leave it to Fallon to concoct a stunt on The Tonight Show recently to let the Stranger Things cast pose as wax figures. Reactions, as you might guess, created more than a little chaos.

Adding to the fun was Fallon dressed as Barb, though done strictly as an absurd parody.

The kids were convincing as wax figures

If you’ve ever seen movies and shows using the “wax figures come to life” concept, you’ll notice the actors often can’t stay perfectly still. There’s a real acting skill in being able to stay motionless and convince someone you’re made of wax.

Watch the wax museum stunt carefully and you’ll see how amazing the kids were in looking exactly like their own wax figures. Most people were fooled and even remarked at how convincing they were.

No doubt many freaked out seeing Brown as Eleven. Her character already brings chills to those who watch Stranger Things for the first time. However, most of the kids have done a great job developing subtle characteristics that are either familiar or unnerving.

Was the wax museum stunt really a great marketing move, or does it give away just how scary Season 3 is going to be for fans? According to the kids in an earlier Fallon interview, they’ve warned viewers this season will be the scariest yet.

Being scarier may mean killing off a main character

While we know the Upside-Down is going to wreak havoc on Hawkins, Indiana in Stranger Things Season 3, there could be some major shocks if you go by recent rumors. Some sources suggest a main cast member may die at some point this season. Fan theories think this has to happen because the Duffer Brothers intended to kill off main characters all along, a trend we see everywhere now.

Based on Brown’s shocked reaction to Season 3’s ending, it probably isn’t her, despite continuing rumors about her moving on to new acting horizons. The death of Steve Harrington (Joe Keery) seems the most logical since he was intended to die in Season 1, according to Cinema Blend.

Whatever the new shocks bring, having Stranger Things Season 3 dropping on the Fourth of July proves Americans like to be scared, no matter if it’s on a patriotic holiday. For some, finding scares in Stranger Things on the 4th will be more fulfilling than thinking about our country’s ills on the same day.