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“Kids will have nightmares” after ‘Stranger Things’ season 4 says cast

Stranger Things season four is one of the most highly-anticipated drops on Netflix this year. Arriving in less than a day, the upcoming season has already amassed massive buzz among fans who have been intrigued by the violent and explosive trailer that promises unbridled action, gore and violence. 

Created by the Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things is rightfully considered a pop-cultural phenomenon. Besides being a tribute to the enigmatic eighties, the show is also a perfect blend of horror, sci-fi and mystery in all its dark, cosmic and supernatural glory. 

While the cast and crew have already talked about how the fourth season will be the “darkest” and “scariest” season ever, some have even warned parents against their children’s reaction to the new nightmare-inducing season. 

The first three seasons of the show have a TV-14 rating which means that the show is not appropriate for children below the age of 14. While it is not as scary as a horror film, there is a general aura of creepiness to it which makes it seem pretty ominous and frightening. 

While the showrunners have held back in the previous seasons, they have unleashed horror and madness in the upcoming season, according to the cast. Joe Keery, who plays Steve Harrington, said, “Kids will be scared. Kids will have nightmares.” He added, “If I was a kid and I was watching this, it would be disturbing.”

Charlie Heaton plays Jonathan Byers on the show and agreed with Keery suggesting that parents might have trouble with their kids who might not sleep “for weeks” after the fourth season. 

The rest of the cast chimed in as well to emphasise the degree of horror in the show. Lucas Sinclair aka Caleb McLaughlin talked about how he would not want his little nephew to watch the “very gory” and “really intense” fourth season while Maya Hawke (Robin) teased “bone-breaking” sequences. 

New actor Joseph Quinn, who plays Eddie, expressed how taken aback he was to see how intense and horrifying the fourth season was. He said “I thought they’d have to tone it down. I didn’t think they would commit to how gruesome it was on the page.” Then he joked, “But clearly, they don’t care about young kids at all.”

Also starring Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, David Harbour, Winona Ryder, Noah Schnapp, Gaten Matarazzo, Sadie Sink, Natalia Dyer and others, the fourth season is arriving in two volumes. 

With seven episodes, the first volume is scheduled for a May 27th, 2022 premiere while the second volume will arrive on July 1st, 2022, with two final episodes to bring an end to season four.