Someone has created a terrifying Stranger Things optical illusion

If you've visited Creative Bloq before, then you probably already know that we're fans of both optical illusions and Stranger Things (or ST). So when I stumbled upon this absolutely terrifying Stranger Things-themed mind-boggler, you can imagine how excited I was. 

Over in Japan, the restaurant chain Pronto has opened a Stranger Things-themed café fully equipped with scenes from the show, props (like the Surfer Boy Pizza van) and the cherry on the cake, a chilling optical illusion of a Demogorgon (see below). The design makes it look as though a ravenous Demogorgon is about to spring onto its victim, making this illusion brilliant, yet absolutely terrifying. Feeling spooked by this brain-frazzler? Why not refresh the palette with our roundup of the best optical illusions?

The Demogorgon optical illusion

Thanks for the nightmares, Pronto (Image credit: Pronto)

The spooky 3D design is known as a Trompe L'oeil, which aptly translates from French as "optical illusion" (we have plenty more Trompe L'oeil designs in our roundup). The designer will have used photorealism techniques to create the monster, making it pop off the wall and come to life. 

This creepy illusion will be on display at Pronto's Stranger Things pop-up, where you can fully immerse yourself in all things ST between 6 July and 4 September. The café has a number of sets, including Joyce Byer's famous fairy light communication set-up, the Scoops Ahoy Bar and the Surfer Boy Pizza Van (see all below).

The café will of course serve Stranger Things-themed food, like Demogorgon-themed Sundaes, Alexi's slushie and of course, Elle's famous Eggos. That's if you can even bear to eat with a life-like Demogorgon watching your every move. 

If you want to get your real-life Stranger Things fix, then we recommend taking a trip to Pronto's pop-up in Japan. However, if you'd rather indulge in the comfort of your own home, then check out our roundup of the cheapest TVs this Prime Day so you can watch the Netflix series with a new immersive viewing setup. Or if you're feeling inspired to create some ST art, then you'll love our roundup of the best Stranger Things fonts. You could even check out Butcher Billy's Stranger Things 4 poster designs for some inspo!

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Amelia Bamsey
Staff Writer

Amelia is Creative Bloq’s Staff Writer. After completing a degree in Popular Music and a Master’s in Song Writing, Amelia began designing posters, logos, album covers and websites for musicians. She now enjoys covering a range of topics on Creative Bloq, including posters, optical illusions, logos (she's a particular fan of logo Easter eggs), gaming and illustration. In her free time, she relishes in the likes of art (especially the Pre-Raphaelites), photography and literature. Amelia prides herself on her unorthodox creative methods, her Animal Crossing island and her extensive music library.