Netflix’s new original series “Stranger Things” follows a mysterious disappearance of a young boy named Will (Noah Schnapp) in Hawkins, Indiana, and the town’s subsequent search for him. In the series, Will’s three best friends Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), and Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) try to find Will themselves with the help of a mysterious new girl with telekinetic powers who calls herself Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown). They soon discover that their town is being attacked by a faceless beast from a parallel dimension, and decide to call the beast the Demogorgon, based off the character in “Dungeons & Dragons,” and its alternate world the “Upside Down.”
Now, concept artist Nuttavut Baiphowongse has released some early concept art of the Demogorgon on his Facebook page. (Update: this Facebook embed has been removed at the request of Aaron Sims Creative.) Some feature the creature with more humanoid features while others emphasize his otherworldly monstrousness. Aaron Sims Creative, the effects studio that collaborated with series creators The Duffer Brothers on the creature’s design, also released some concept art for the Upside Down world, emphasizing its barren wasteland that eerily mimics our own world. Check out both sets of images below.
“Stranger Things” garnered positive critical reception for its memorable characters, the numerous homages to 1980’s genre cinema, from John Carpenter and Steven Spielberg, as well as the winning performances from Winona Ryder, David Harbour, and the younger members of the cast. It’s available to stream exclusively on Netflix.