Stranger Things Fans Traumatised By Descriptive Captions On Netflix

Poppy Bilderbeck

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Stranger Things Fans Traumatised By Descriptive Captions On Netflix

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Fans of Stranger Things have been left gobsmacked by Netflix's generated captions for the series.

I barely made it through the final two episodes of season four without my hands jumping to my mouth in horror, or eyes peeking tentatively through my fingers as I squealed at the sight of Vecna looming in the doorway to target his next victim.

Had someone suggested putting on the subtitles, I may have agreed, thinking they might have helped to take the edge off the jump scares and eerie tick-tocking which has infiltrated my nightmares.

However, viewers who did reach for the remote to view the captions have made me glad I didn't. As if Stranger Things wasn't terrifying enough already, some viewers got the shock of their lives when they turned on the captions to the hit Netflix supernatural series.

The captions for Stranger Things have gone viral on social media. Credit: Netflix
The captions for Stranger Things have gone viral on social media. Credit: Netflix

One user took to Twitter to express their surprise at how 'visceral' the descriptions in the captions were.

They said: "Watching stranger things 4 with captions means subjecting yourself to phrases like 'tentacles undulating moistly' and 'gate pulses wetly' and yes captions help my auditory processing but at what cost."

Despite their initial horror at just how descriptive - and weirdly sexual - the captions to the series are, they praised the caption writers for, ultimately, doing a very effective job.

"It's kinda awesome that so many of us had legit visceral reactions to these captions/that they added to the sensory experience of watching the show. that's gotta mean whoever's writing them is doing their job correctly, right?"

Other users have called for whoever writes the captions to be given a 'significant raise', and one even called for the writer(s) to receive 'an academy award'.

"Whoever writes the Stranger Things captions is my favorite human. The music descriptions are things like 'delicate disturbing music', 'ominous audio distortion', and 'dire synth music playing'," a third said.

Even the captions during Eddie's (Joseph Quinn) epic guitar solo were pointed out by viewers.

The hero's rendition of Metallica's 'Master of Puppets' was detailed in the captions such as a 'ferocious guitar riff' to 'shreds guitar solo'.

Who knew you could have so many different intricate variations of synth sound too?

One user listed: "Dire synth music playing, enigmatic synth music playing, hopeful synth music playing, spooky synth music playing [...] epic synth arrangement of 'Running Up That Hill' playing."


If you were looking to expand your vocabulary then watching Stranger Things with the captions on is certainly the way to do it.

One user resolved: "Love watching Stranger Things with the captions on! 'Eldritch Thrumming' and 'Discomforting Slithering' are my new favorite adjective phrases."

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Topics: Film & TV, Stranger Things, Netflix, Film and TV, Social Media, Viral

Poppy Bilderbeck
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