So what's the deal? Can you watch the show without having nightmares for weeks? Here's what to know.
Is Stranger Things scary, or what?
You can definitely except some jump scares, suspenseful situations, and spooky plot lines, like a " Demogorgon " terrorizing a small town, or a bunch of characters getting trapped in a government building with a bunch of deadly monsters running around. However, while we acknowledge that everyone's tolerance level is different, the general consensus is that Stranger Things is more "creepy" than "scary," and more "thriller" than "horror." It has minimal levels of gore, so don't go into it expecting Saw or anything.
If you're really concerned about those jump scares and want to be prepared, please know that there's a website called wheresthejump.com that lists every single one of 'em in seasons one and two . They're a lot less scary when you KNOW they're coming.
Some other things to prepare for: The music on Stranger Things adds a creepy layer to the scenes, and the idea that there's an evil alternate world that's parallel to our own universe adds a freaky existential element to the show.
If you need the word of other viewers to sway you, the good people of r/StrangerThings discussed how scary the show actually is, with most users agreeing that the show is more of a thriller, and on a scary scale of 1-10, the show ranks between a 4-6.
frozenpandaman said that they "really, truly, hate horror," but they enjoyed Stranger Things. "It focuses on scary or creepy stuff sometimes, but the main point/goal of the show isn't just to scare you," they added.
HidallyDidally123 explained that the plot makes you forget about the creepy elements: "For me, the scariness was overshadowed by how good the story and characters were. So by the end I wasn't so concerned about the Demogorgon lurking behind my shower curtain as much as I was about Hopper getting in that car, Will spitting up a slug, and whether or not Mike and Eleven would ever get to go to the Snowball :)."