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You Need to See These Hot Air Balloons That Look Like Monsters From Horror Films

I guess we know why there's no Pinhead.

As we head into spooky season, many are preparing horror movie nights or figuring out what to watch as they hand out candy to the costumed munchkins. At least two famous spooky franchises, Hocus Pocus and Hellraiser, are coming out with streaming sequels and reboots in the next month (On Disney+ and Hulu, respectively), and we’re all ready for a little classic horror.

But for this artist in Eugene, Oregon, horror movie monsters weren’t just for the screen. He wanted to see them in the skies


Digital sculptor and photographer Cabel Adams went viral recently with his photos of hot air balloons designed to look like famous movie villains. Created as part of a prank to amuse his neighbors in Eugene after the town lavished guests visiting a festival with perks that the locals never got, the virtual creations bear resemblances to Darth Vader, Darth Maul, Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and even The Insane Clown Posse.

“I figured this would keep rent low and Californians from moving in,” Adams told the media.

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Many who enjoyed and shared these videos were disappointed to learn that they were not, in fact, real balloons at a balloon rally, but only impressively rendered digital artifacts. But the first step of building something is designing it, right? Just ask NASA.

As for Adams, he’s still designing horror-themed digital art, which can be seen on his Facebook page. I’m especially intrigued by his children’s playset which looks like a Cenobite from the Hellraiser franchise, including a spiral slide that appears to be the creatures peeled skin.

Talk about horror. 

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