Stranger Things Season 4 Budget Is Massive – Terrifyingly So

Considering that Stranger Things has become one of Netflix’s most popular shows, the Season 4 per-episode budget is assumed to be enormous. As Stranger Things enters its penultimate season, Netflix isn’t skimping on the hit ’80s sci-fi series, as Season 4 will have a budget so large it may even put the Demogorgon to shame.

It has been reported that each episode of Stranger Things Season 4 will cost $30 million. With nine episodes spread across two volumes, the Stranger Things Season 4 budget comes in at a whopping $270 million, making it more expensive than most major motion pictures.

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Special effects are expected to consume a significant portion of the budget in addition to the salaries of the cast and crew. Season 4 creators Matt and Ross Duffer have revealed that the show will spend more time in the Upside Down than any previous season, so this isn’t hard to believe.

Ross lamented that last season’s narrative prevented them from visiting the Upside Down at all. “And this season, we wanted to really go in there and spend some time there. So that’s something we’re super excited about this season. I mean, we spend more time in the Upside Down than any other season. It’s not even close.”

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Ross has talked about using practical effects on the big bad of Season 4, Vecna, so the special effects won’t be all CGI. “What you’re seeing here is 90% practical [effects]. And Vecna, throughout the season, is 90% practical,” Ross said. “We wanted something there that we could actually film, and I just think that makes this villain scarier and more real and tangible, and we’re just really excited for people to see him this season.”

While Stranger Things Season 4 has a larger budget than its predecessors, the show’s creators have hinted that it may be the longest yet. “I don’t think [Stranger Things 4 has] an episode clocking in under an hour,” Matt said. “You kind of forget that. This season, they’re very long, so I think it’s almost double the length of any season.” Because of the higher production values and longer episodes, Matt has compared the epic scope of Stranger Things 4 to that of Game of Thrones.

“We kind of jokingly call it our Game of Thrones season because it’s so spread out, so I think that’s what’s unique or most unique about the season,” Matt said. “Joyce and the Byers family have left at the end of Season 3.

They are in California – we’ve always wanted to have that like E.T.-Esque suburb aesthetic, which we finally got to do this year in the desert; and then we have Hopper in Russia, and then of course we have a group remaining in Hawkins. So we have these three storylines, are all connected and kind of interwoven together, but it’s just very different tones.”

Volume 1 of Season 4 of Stranger Things premiered on Netflix on May 27, and Volume 2 arrived on July 1. For more such updates do follow us only on leedaily.com

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