Anybody who has a working knowledge of the history of horror fiction would have picked up on the nod to Stephen King’s very first novel “Carrie” during the bloody prom scene in “Wednesday.”
In case you aren’t aware, the climactic scene of that novel and the associated movies is the title character being chosen as prom queen for a joke in order to dump a bucket of pig’s blood on her and humiliate her. She is certainly humiliated, but then she turns destructive. It’s a nice homage, but it’s almost a little TOO obvious to anyone who likes horror movies.
The Faceless Characters Weren't CGI
In the Netflix show “Wednesday,” we see a number of very strange students of Nevermore Academy who seem to not have any faces. That sucks. You might think this was achieved with some quick computer graphics, but it turns out it was all thanks to the magic of makeup and prosthetics.
The stuff was applied to the students' faces and blended until it looked a little too natural. There is enough magic in the show to make it possible for these students to get by, but you can't help but wonder how they eat. Or see. Do they use sign language?
References to Burton Films
Tim Burton directed a few episodes of the new “Wednesday” show, which means, of course, plenty of Easter eggs for eagle-eyed viewers. During the “date” that Wednesday and Tyler go on, the two have popcorn bags that are black-and-white striped, just like the suit the main character of the film “Beetlejuice,” also directed by Burton, wears.
There's also the catsuit Wednesday wears during the canoe races, which looks like the suit Catwoman wears in “Batman Returns.” Tim Burton also directed “Pee-Wee's Big Adventure,” which has a truck driver named Marge dealing with a hitchhiker. There are also plenty of smaller background details, such as the weather vanes in the cafe.
Keeping the Tradition Going
“Wednesday” features Thing a bit more than other titles in the property, mostly because he serves as Wednesday's guardian during the show. Just like in previous versions of the family, the hand is played by a real actor, this time by Victor Dorobantu.
He wore prosthetic thumpy wrists and a blue chroma-key suit that could be removed without too much work. We're sure it was a lot of hard work getting Dorobantu into the right positions and then making the hand actually look like it was severed, but it's more or less the same thing that other versions of the show did.
Jenna Ortega Learned How to Play the Cello
Like any up-and-coming lady, Wednesday Addams had artistic pursuits like music in her self-titled show. While a lot of shows use hand doubles, tricky angles, or other tactics to use somebody who can actually play the instrument during these kinds of scenes, that wasn't good enough for Wednesday's actress, Jenna Ortega.
Yes, she actually learned how to play the cello for the show. While the cello might not be the most difficult instrument to learn, that's still a lot of hard work to go into a role. You gotta respect it. It made her cello solos look natural and real, something the show was dedicated to.