One of the authors of the subtitles inStranger Thingshas admitted to “trolling” fans with a certain line in the show.
Many viewers have been posting on social media about the subtitles in season four, since the release of the second batch of episodes earlier this month.
“Watching Stranger Things with captions means subjecting yourself to phrases like ‘tentacles undulating moistly’ and ‘gate pulses wetly’” tweeted one fan. “And yes, captions help my auditory processing, but at what cost?”
The grim description of the tentacles referred to the show’s new villain, Vecna.
Subtitle author Jeff T recently discussed his work in an interview with Vulture, and was asked whether he’d seen the chatter on social media about it.
“Honestly, ‘tentacles undulating moistly’ I’ve seen a lot,” he said. “I will admit I was trolling a little bit with that.
“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.”
Stranger Things is available to stream on Netflix now. The final season is expected to be released in 2024.