Stranger Things is a great way to test the waters of your child/niece/nephew/grandchild's tolerance for horror, but it was almost categorically too much for the younger crowd. Co-creator Matt Duffer told Vulture after the Golden Globes:
“The original pilot was much more violent. It was originally like an R-rated thing. Winona’s character was like, ‘Eff this, eff that!’ It felt a little bit unnecessary. I don’t feel like we sacrificed anything by toning it down a little bit.”
Matt's fellow Duffer brother, Ross, noted that young Eleven's powers do not facilitate "a happy situation. She's killing people, and brutally murdering them." That she is, indeed.
The Duffers also teased Stranger Things Season 2 a tiny bit, saying, "The gateway to another dimension is still open, so that’s not a good thing." The Upside Down's open-for-business–ness and the residual impact on Will will be "the two things that are gonna kick-start us moving forward.” The season is set to feature new characters and '80s-tastic actors from The Goonies and Aliens.
Watch actor/filmmaker Rider Strong (Cabin Fever, Girl and Boy Meets World) break down his five favorite horror movies for Fuse: