You might not see Mark Steger’s face in Netflix’s Stranger Things, but if you’ve seen the the show, you should know about the character he plays – the Demogorgon, the primary antagonist of the first season. Steger is an expert when it comes to bringing creatures to life (having worked on I Am Legend and American Horror Story, among others), and he explains how his skills were put to the test in the show.
In an interview with Variety, Steger shed light on what was needed to bring the Demogorgon out of the Upside-Down and onto the set of the show:
Spectral Motion, Mike Elizalde’s company, engineered and built the suit. They start with a laser scan of my body, create a positive form from that, and sculpt the creature onto that. While they’re doing that, they’re engineering other parts of it. I was on stilts, so I would go in and try on the stilts, see how well those worked. We had a month-and-a-half or two-month development period, which is nice, it doesn’t always happen. A lot of the time, you try the thing on once and then lose all your toenails, but I would go into the shop in Glendale, and we’d try on different parts. My arms are covered in green, they’re separate. I’m holding joysticks basically and moving the arms around, it’s really like a big puppet in a sense. It took about 30 minutes if I was just wearing the stunt head, 40-45 minutes if I was wearing the full animatronic head because there were batteries and motors — 23, 26 motors, just powering the head to get the petals to open. Once I’m in the whole thing, it’s pretty remarkable. It’s the most complex suit I’ve ever worn. It’s part puppet, part mechanical, part me.
The creature’s costume is a whopping seven feet high and six feet wide. While the process of getting into costume sounds daunting on paper, Steger noted that it didn’t take long for him to get used to wearing it and operating the internal mechanisms needed for the suit to function, although he did have trouble hearing at times. Steger opted not to comment when asked if the Demogorgon would be making a return in the second season, but he did state that the season will be – you guessed it – darker.
The second season of Stranger Things will arrive on October 31, 2017. Its cast includes Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers, David Harbour as Jim Hopper, Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler, Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven (“El”), Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson, Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair, Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers, Cara Buono as Karen Wheeler, Matthew Modine as Martin Brenner, Noah Schnapp as Will Byers, and Joe Keery as Steve Harrington. It will also introduce Sadie Sink as Max and Dacre Montgomery as Billy.
‘Stranger Things’: Top 11 Moments Of Season 1
Netflix’s smash hit Stranger Things became an instant pop culture phenomenon after its debut last July. The Netflix Original not only pays homage to ’80s pop culture, Stranger Things actually lives up to its predecessors and deserves a place next to them on the shelf. Chances are you, or someone you know is completely obsessed with the show.
Now that we’ve seen the teaser, the wait is going to be even more arduous. To help fill the void as we begin the long wait for Stranger Things season 2, I’ve put together a list of the top 11 moments from the show.
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