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Victor Creel is a recurring character in the fourth season of Stranger Things. In 1959, he was imprisoned at Pennhurst Mental Hospital, where he would spend the following three decades after taking a plea deal for the gruesome murders of his family, which he did not commit, maintaining his innocence and insisting that a demon was responsible for their deaths.

History

Victor and his family in front of their new house

Victor Creel was born in the late 1910s and served as a soldier in World War 2. At some point in March of 1959, Victor and his family moved into a house in Hawkins, Indiana after his wife's great uncle had died, leaving them a "small fortune." After only one month of peace, they began to notice various animals (rabbits, squirrels, chickens, dogs) murdered and mutilated in their yard and around their neighborhood, but their deaths were labelled as the attacks of a wildcat. Dubious about this explanation and paranoid for the safety of his family, Victor believed the attacks were the doings of a "spawn of Satan. A demon." Meanwhile, his wife (Virginia) and daughter (Alice) began to experience disturbing "encounters," which he later described as "waking, living nightmares." Victor himself soon began having these "encounters" as well, namely hallucinations of his dark past in France.

One night, Victor noticed the radio experiencing interference while the family was eating dinner at the table. As he watched, the lights began to flicker, and Virginia was suddenly pulled from her chair by an invisible force and lifted violently into the air. Suspended above the table, her bones snapped and grossly contorted, before her eyes burst and she fell to the table, dead.

Horrified by what he had witnessed, Victor tried to take his children and leave the house, but he found the front door locked. He attempted to open the door with brute force, but when it opened, it "opened" into a hallucination of his darkest memory. The memory was of his time in the war, when he entered the remains of a building and discovered a burning cot with a baby screaming inside. He later explained to Robin and Nancy that he had wrongly thought German soldiers were inside the building and had ordered its shelling.

When he snapped out of this hallucination, Victor found Alice has suffered the same fate as her mother and was dead on the hallway floor. The only other person left alive was his son, Henry, who had fallen into a coma. Police eventually arrived and found the disturbing crime scene. As he was falsely believed to have been responsible for the deaths of his family, Victor was arrested and charged with their murders. He took an insanity plea deal, and ended up in Pennhurst Asylum, locked in the highest security section alongside the most dangerous patients. As for the fate of his son, Victor was falsely led to believe that Henry had died one week later, after falling into a coma.

At some point during his incarceration, Victor tried to commit suicide to "join his family" by stabbing himself in the eyes with razor blades, only for it to fail and leave him permanently blind.[2][3]

Unfortunately, Victor was never aware that his son, Henry, was responsible for what had happened to the animals, Virginia, Alice, and himself. He believed that his son was just a sensitive child.

Victor became an infamous and feared figure in the history of Hawkins for his presumed killings of his family: he became a “boogeyman” that Wayne Munson and the other townsfolk of his generation were all too aware of.

In 1986, Hawkins residents Nancy Wheeler and Robin Buckley paid Victor a visit at the asylum because similar murders had been committed in Hawkins. Nancy and Robin sought information on the 1959 murders in order to understand the 1986 murders and the nature of the killer. Victor told them his story until Warden Hatch and guards arrived to apprehend Nancy and Robin for gaining access to Creel under false pretenses.

Later, while Nancy’s mind was momentarily hijacked by Vecna, Vecna told her inside his mindscape he’d consider giving “dumb blind old Victor” a visit; as Nancy later learned, Vecna was in fact a much older, transformed version of Henry Creel.

Personality

Victor was described as "a disturbed and intimidating man who is imprisoned in a psychiatric hospital for a gruesome murder in the 1950s."[4]

When he moved to Hawkins with his family in 1959, he had seemed happy and peaceful, although he had a dark event in his past which occurred while serving as a soldier in World War 2. After a month of peace in Hawkins, things changed for Victor. After various animals were found mutilated in his yard, he grew paranoid and fearful for his family. His fears mounted as he and his wife experienced terrifying hallucinations. Creel believed a demon was causing these events, and never understood that his young son Henry was behind these terrifying visions. After being arrested for a crime he didn't commit, he took an insanity plea. At some point during his incarceration, he attempted to commit suicide by gouging his own eyes out, but failed to kill himself. Victor refused to talk to reporters about what had happened to him. However, he did agree to share his story with Nancy and Robin.

Appearances

Season Four appearances
The Hellfire Club Vecna's Curse The Monster and the Superhero
Dear Billy The Nina Project The Dive
The Massacre at Hawkins Lab* Papa The Piggyback

*Appears in the present and in flashbacks in "Dear Billy". Appears only in flashbacks in "The Massacre at Hawkins Lab".

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Victor Creel
 
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Virginia Creel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Henry Creel
 
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Alice Creel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Behind the scenes

  • His character was officially revealed on November 20, 2020, via the show's official social media accounts, along with several other new characters.
  • Victor Creel is portrayed by Robert Englund, best known for playing the terrifying Freddy Krueger in the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, which was heavily popular in the 1980s and was one of the main inspirations for the series. Much like Vecna, the character of Freddy was capable of giving people visions and attacking them within their own mind - with the damage also being done to their physical forms.
  • Due to his experience as Freddy Krueger, Robert Englund was extremely used to the heavy makeup process that was needed to turn him into Victor Creel. The makeup artists were impressed with his knowledge of what kinds of materials they were using.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 In "The Monster and the Superhero," a newspaper clipping states Victor was 40 in 1959. 1959-40 is 1919.
  2. The Bite with LC x Robert Englund x Stranger Things 4
  3. "Dear Billy
  4. Official twitter thread revealing new characters. November 20, 2020.
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