I’m horrified by this Stranger Things concept art

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We love taking a peek behind the curtain at the Stranger Things design process, and recently we were treated to some seriously fascinating (horrible) alternate character designs for Vecna. Earlier this month, we shared concept art as stills, but now the artist has gifted us with a series of videos that show just how terrifying Vecna ​​could have been.

Scriptwriter and concept artist Michael Maher Jr shared the first 3D mockups of Vecna ​​on TikTok (below), along with insight into why the designs weren’t made, from the difficulty filming to the lack of expression in the face. (We wonder if they paid attention to our character design advice when making their final decisions.)

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There is a series of videos (opens in a new tab) to explore, showcasing different Vecna ​​concepts, all of which have their own creepy features such as mantis-like arms and legs (above) that Maher says would separate to create a larger profile. Apparently this one was dropped due to “practical issues” and I can’t say I’m sorry about that. There are also designs that feature “the moldy rot of living in the Upside Down” and “tumoral gangrene that would eat away flesh”. Thrill.

Maher also shared an alternate version of Vecna’s Mind Lair appearance. With a spinning vortex and a spooky web of vines, the set design ideas are intricate and bizarre – see below.

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Of course, the designs caused a stir on TikTok, with Stranger Things fans dissecting what might have been in the comments of each video. “I like the more human version we have,” one user commented. Others, however, were unconvinced by the final version, saying “it’s all better than what we have” and giving specific opinions like “the last one with spikes would really scare me”.

You can check out more Maher’s Stranger Things concept art on his website. (opens in a new tab) (if you’re feeling brave). I love it as much as these Stranger Things posters, which might contain a big secret about the show.

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