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‘Lots of lube’ for gruesome Stranger Things monster



The first part of Stranger Things Season 4 dropped on Netflix just a few weeks ago, and has viewers looking in dark corners for monsters

Without giving too much away, Vecna is already the breakout star of the season.

He’s the big, scary monster wreaking havoc on Hawkins. But behind the scenes, it seems like a nightmare process to make the gruesome creature.

Season 4 of Stranger Things has a new monster dressed in lube

An 80s technique to create Stranger Things’ new monster, Vecna, took designers up to 7 hours to apply.

The process behind it

To give Vecna a slimy look, prosthetics were painted with silicone and a whole lot of lube.

Parts of the costume were attached to the actor’s skin directly which took up to 7 hours to complete.

Prosthetics designer, Barrie Gower who had worked on films like the Harry Potter series, was hired for season 4 of Stranger Things.


Speaking to the Verge, make-up department head Amy Forsythe says getting Gower on board added another level to the show.

“Practical effects are such a huge thing with the nostalgia of the ‘80s, and we were losing that so much in our show.”

Lube is a popular technique to make monsters look slimy and was particularly used in the 80s.

Stranger Things’ success

Though season 4 took the team 14 months to film (including a 6 month disruption due to Covid-19), the new season has proven to be successful. 

Since the release of season 4, 286.79 million hours were viewed in just the first few days of its release. 

Breaking a Netflix record, Stranger Things 4 surpasses Bridgerton’s premiere and also reached the top 10 in 93 countries.

Katerina Kostakos contributed to this article


Coolio’s manager reveals rap artist died from suspected heart attack



Coolio’s manager has spoken out after the death of the Gangsta’s paradise star

There were claims the 59-year-old rapper died from a drug overdose.

But Coolio’s manager told the Daily Mail the rap artist had died from a suspected heart attack while on a trip to Los Angeles to fix his passport ahead of shows scheduled in Germany.

A Friend, also quoted by the publication, says he avoided drugs and alcohol.. one telling media “He’d usually have a glass of water”

“He would never show up intoxicated or on a different planet like most people. I never saw him drinking. He’d usually have a glass of water,”

coolio’s friend Mr Yano told daily mail

“When the news came yesterday about his passing, I was shocked. Was it something health related?”

“But I was just with him a few weeks ago, and he seemed completely fine. No mention of any sort of heart condition or any medical condition.”

This comes as Fans speculated the rapper died from an overdose due to his history of drug abuse and crack cocaine addiction.

The rapper, known around the globe for his 90’s hits, died while visiting a friend in Los Angeles last week.

No drugs were found at the scene and the official cause of death is yet to be revealed.

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Prince William makes his first public address since the Queen’s death



Prince William has given his first public speech since the death of the Queen and as heir to the British throne

Speaking at a wildlife protection summit in London, William called for more action to combat the illegal trade in wildlife products.

He says the illegal trade is worth an estimated $20 billion annually, and he urged businesses and law enforcement agencies to do more to stop it.

The speech signals the royal family will continue to champion environmental causes, as King Charles III is forced to step back from public activism.

The Prince and his Royal Foundation have long made protecting wildlife a key focus of their work, and they are likely to continue this work in the years to come.

Meanwhile, William also used the opportunity to pay tribute to his late Granny.

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California highway covered in candy after trucks collide



Halloween came early to a California highway

A crash involving two trucks caused one of the vehicles to dump its cargo.

The entire load of candy sprinkled onto the roadway.

The California Highway Patrol’s office said troopers responded when a big rig and a box truck collided.

Photos from the scene show the roadway littered with sugar that spilled from candy boxed

no injuries were reported from the incident.

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