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How a 'Stranger Things' prop terrified Noah Schnapp's mother

Created in 2016 by the Duffer brothers, Netflix’s Stranger Things became a pop-cultural phenomenon. Not only does the show bring back the nostalgia of the enigmatic eighties but also has had an undeniable impact in resuscitating the genre and increasing interest in the streaming service. 

Ahead of the release of the highly-anticipated fourth season this month, the trailer has already led the fans to buzz with excitement. True to the words of some of the actors, namely Finn Wolfhard, Sadie Sink, David Harbour and the executive producer Shawn Levy, himself, the season is set to be much more intense and dark. 

The returning cast will also include Millie Bobby Brown, Winona Ryder, Noah Schnapp, Caleb McLaughlin, and Gaten Matarazzo among others. 

Since the show has been in production for nearly six years, the cast and crew have grown fairly close to one another. From pranking each other on set to showering each other with praises, it is extremely heartwarming to see the kind of relationship the Stranger Things cast members share with one another. 

Noah Schnapp recently revealed how Millie Bobby Brown pranked him on the sets of season fur and managed to convince the entire crew to be in on the prank. Seems like the Schnapp family is indeed susceptible to pranks as it reminds us of the time when Noah Schnapp’s mother was nearly scared to death by a clever prank pulled by the Duffer brothers in season one. 

Schnapp plays Will Byers on the show and it is his mysterious disappearance from his hometown in Hawkins, Indiana, in the first season which becomes the central conflict of the show. 

In the fourth episode of the first season, Harbour’s character, Chief Jim Hopper allegedly finds Byers’ body and confirms his death. However, his friends and his mother refuse to believe the same and continue their search, finally finding themselves trapped in the horrifying truth regarding interdimensional travel and other sci-fi elements. 

To shoot this particular scene, the showrunners had ordered a fake body prop for Schnapp and decided to use the same to prank his mother. The Duffer brothers said, “We immediately took Noah’s mom aside, told her we had something to show her and led her into a dark closet where we had propped up this frighteningly realistic corpse of her son.”

Although she was initially scared to death, she gradually came to love it like a good sport. She even posted a picture with the fake corpse and sent it to her friends. 

Stay tuned in for Stranger Things season four part one which is scheduled for a May 27th, 2022 premiere on Netflix.