The horror homage that Vecna’s cast couldn’t fit into Stranger Things

This season of stranger things has devoted himself completely to horror and likes to draw from classic scary films A nightmare on Elm Street and carrie. The Duffer brothers were pretty open about their influences and made sure the cast knew it too. When he auditioned for the role of the main villain Vecna ​​​​, actor Jamie Campbell Bower received scripts from a legal thriller Original fear and supernatural horror film Hellraiser.

It was Original fear, says Bower, which really helped him unlock Vecna’s complicated psyche. Before Vecna ​​became Vecna, he was One, Dr. Brenner’s once-cherished test subject who charms Eleven and appeals to her compassion. And before he was one, he was Henry Creel, a misanthropic little boy who brutally murdered his family. in the Original fear (Spoilers are coming if you don’t want a 26-year-old movie ruined for you), a young man (played by Edward Norton) fakes dissociative identity disorder and seamlessly transitions between a mild-mannered and a ruthless personality.

Henry in a neat uniform peeking at stranger things from behind a blindfolded elf

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“The character presents two versions of himself that actually end up being just him fucking around,” Bower said in a roundtable interview. “I took that reference and went with it. So, end [episode] 7 where we really see Henry for who he is, it’s always under that mask of, I’ll be nice to you, I’ll be sweet to you, ’cause I want out of here. You can help me, right?”

One of Bowers favorite parts about stranger things dives into all references. In addition to Original fear and Hellraiserhe has also looked at Clive Barker’s work – which includes the Hellraiser novels as well as the Candyman short stories – and in particular the films of John Carpenter Halloween.

But there was one horror homage Bower wanted to throw in that didn’t quite work out the way he intended. He describes a scene from the third Hellraiser film that he thought would fit perfectly with Vecna, who already had a lot of Pinhead influence.

“There’s a scene where Pinhead goes into church and takes a pin out of his head, another pin out of his head, puts it in his hands, stands there and says, ‘I am the way,’ and then they explode Church window in,” Bower described. “So for the scenes where Vecna ​​is floating in the attic, I said to Matt and Ross: It would be great to pay this tribute to this incredible character, this wonderful actor, Doug Bradley. And it’s also kind of like Jesus.”

The Duffer brothers were on board to try it out. “We did it,” Bower said, and burst out laughing immediately. “And it looked like absolute crap.”

stranger things Season 4 Volume 2 is now streaming on Netflix.

https://www.polygon.com/stranger-things/23191881/stranger-things-vecna-jamie-campbell-bower-hellraiser The horror homage that Vecna’s cast couldn’t fit into Stranger Things

Charles Jones

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