Stranger Things has become a streaming success since its debut. The Netflix smash hit series is also looking forward to expanding its universe beyond the established plot. It turns out that the staff decided to have some fun with fans when creating the show’s subtitles.

Stranger Things features a lot of horrifying and otherworldly elements, and this is not just limited to visuals. The show has very interesting sound effects as well. Fans who have watched the series with subtitles on might have noticed some quirky descriptions here and there. Those were not intentional, the staff responsible for it recently admitted.

The team behind the series’ subtitles recently spoke with Vulture to discuss the importance of visual descriptions. They admitted to trolling fans with the addition of funny closed captions.

Honestly, ‘[tentacles undulating moistly]’ I’ve seen a lot. I will admit I was trolling a little bit with that,” Jeff T. Also, in the past year or two, I’ve been watching ASMR streams to figure out which words elicit that kind of response in people, so I’ll grab them and put them in my word bank. ‘Moistly’ pops up a lot in those ASMR streams.

It’s a word where I can name six or seven of my friends who don’t like it. It is supposed to be an uncomfortable situation, and that’s why it was used in the show. What I’ve noticed quite a lot online are people who don’t really understand the subtitles are for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. I’ve seen a lot of, ‘Why are the subtitles so overly descriptive? We don’t need these.’ And I know you don’t, but you weren’t the main audience for subtitles from the start.

Subtitles are an essential aspect of any show for deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers. Stranger Things’ detailed sound descriptions were much appreciated by the deaf community on Reddit as well.

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Nitish Vashishtha

Nitish Vashishtha is a freelance writer/news correspondent from India. He’s written content for companies like ScoopWhoop and Sportskeeda. He’s been writing about pop-culture, current affairs and pro-wrestling since 2017. While pursuing Master's in Mass Communication with a special interest in Advertising, his key areas of creativity lie in designing, content creation and creative storytelling as well as fictional writing. In his free time, he likes to create new riffs on his guitar, learning about whatever piques his interest, reading books ranging from philosophy to speculative sci-fi and enjoys watching anything HBO (Succession FTW).

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