gave subtle nod to
Nightmare on Elm Street
in Robert Englund episode
Executive producer and director Shawn Levy unpacks the Freddy Krueger actor's big moment in season 4.
It's now a tradition on
for executive producer Shawn Levy,
known for helming movies like
The Adam Project
to direct the third and fourth episode of each season. It began out of necessity.
Series creators Matt and Ross Duffer had planned to direct the entirely of season 1
but as they began, they couldn't finish writing the scripts
be the ones behind the camera. So, Levy offered a helping hand.
who went and directed the Christmas lights episode and so many moments in season 1 that have become signature sequences for the show," he tells EW.
"I just thought it was luck, but then when the series became so successful,
the Duffers and I realized we shared just enough superstition to not f--- with fate."