From Blade Runner to GTA V, part of what makes blockbuster movies and video games so immersive is the incredible visuals. Even though it's made up, the scenery looks so real, so palpable, it's as if you're almost there. Sometimes, however, you are. If only for a moment.

Our world is so diverse that there are places where you can actually feel like you're in a different galaxy or even a 3D render. The surroundings, the lights, and a few random coincidences can make it look almost identical to your favorite productions.

So, to give you a well-deserved five-minute break, Bored Panda has decided to take you to these locations and we've collected the best photos that were taken there. Enjoy.

#1

These Clouds Over This Abandoned House Look Like They’re Out Of Courage The Cowardly Dog

These Clouds Over This Abandoned House Look Like They’re Out Of Courage The Cowardly Dog

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Leo Domitrix
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh hail no. I'd be in the cellar with the survival kit if the sky looked like that. I've never seen it quite THAT green ---- but close enough we hid for hours until it was safe.

Seabeast
Community Member
2 months ago

The cloud formation alone means a storm is going to start very soon.

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Draco's Dragonfly
Community Member
2 months ago

Mesmerising

Paradise
Community Member
2 months ago

A tornado is about to happen.

Equine_Ravenclaw_Directioner
Community Member
2 months ago

Or the Wizard of Oz.

Seabeast
Community Member
2 months ago

Mammatus clouds. I photographed some a few summers ago and then had to race inside as a torrential thunderstorm suddenly started.

Richard Portman
Community Member
2 months ago

When the sky looks like that it is time to seek shelter. This one is photo shopped but when you see this it is a dangerous thunderstorm tornado situation. In real life the colors are more subtle.

ThatOneCrazyFanGirl
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like a cover of a book!

Max Thompson
Community Member
2 months ago

This gives me Wizard of oz vibes.

Kiersten Beverly
Community Member
2 months ago

Those clouds mean nothing good. that house is about to be gone.

Pamela Winter
Community Member
2 months ago

Great photo, unstable air, pillow clouds, green sky..a tornado may be near!

Daria B
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2 months ago

Aww! The anarchy symbol ♡

Nathan Jones
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2 months ago

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Anarchy is for idiots.

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
2 months ago

Nature is really amazing

Fixin'Ta
Community Member
2 months ago

Clouds do turn green before a bad hailstorm or a tornado -- but you can tell by the plants in the foreground that this has been super-saturated in a photoshopping program. Still, wouldn't want to be above ground with those right overhead!

Hugo A-niro
Community Member
2 months ago

Auntie em !!!auntie em!!

WiTchY_WoMaN
Community Member
2 months ago

Mammatus clouds!

The Redhead
Community Member
2 months ago

Why are the clouds geeen? Is this something common in that area?

Roadkill The Brave
Community Member
2 months ago

Not this.... bright....but Green or Orange skies are Nature's Tornado warning. It doesn't always turn those colors though, but if it does there's almost always a twister in it.

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Azsha Lindsay
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2 months ago

I would love to go there

Mr Pickles
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2 months ago

No you wouldn't, this is a clear sign that a tornado is coming.

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Jackson Floof
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2 months ago

Oh no, they're green!

Sum Guy
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2 months ago

Looks like a house from Courage the cowardly dog

Kate Kyffin
Community Member
2 months ago

Mooooody.

Rick Bennett
Community Member
2 months ago

This is a photoshop where colors is changed. The real photo is here: https://www.facebook.com/HomeGroenPhotography/photos/a.297170536970006/3762602310426794/

Paul Lancaster
Community Member
2 months ago

Mammatus clouds.

Tanya Lynn
Community Member
2 months ago

Scary, at the same time.. very beautiful!

Edgar Rops
Community Member
2 months ago

Creeepy stuff happens in nowhere

Essex Eagle
Community Member
2 months ago

To much post processing

Kristian Kivelä
Community Member
2 months ago

Proven to be photoshopped. The green bleeds through the cabin if you zoom in unfortunately.

Debbie Lavender
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2 months ago

filtered. otherwise i’d tap ‘like’

Tacettin Demirtaş
Community Member
2 months ago

Amazing

Jjjane20
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow wow Wow that's amazing

Aunt Messy
Community Member
2 months ago

Eerie.

Caroline Hartman
Community Member
2 months ago

courage the cowardly dog

brukernavn340
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks Lovecraftian.

KT
Community Member
2 months ago

wow that is eerily beautiful

Shelby P
Community Member
2 months ago

that house is about to be no more.... they are about to have flying cows... it's a twister a twister...

Sanaa Huffman Davadi
Community Member
2 months ago

This is honestly really cool :P

Arctic Fox Lover
Community Member
2 months ago

:0 I remember Courage the Cowardly Dog. I need to see some episodes of that show again <33

DKS 001
Community Member
2 months ago

ominous

ScarlettofHydraIsland
Community Member
2 months ago

Nah, they be looking like they’re about to drop a tornado.

M O'Connell
Community Member
2 months ago

Mammatus clouds are typically associated with strong thunderstorms, but not specifically the type which produce tornadic activity.

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Donkey boi
Community Member
2 months ago

I'd live there! I'd love to fix-up that old place.

Tomáš Houdek
Community Member
2 months ago

Those are called mammatus clouds and are precursors of large strom comming

KamiKhan
Community Member
2 months ago

Courage, you know I can't hear without my glasses!

Marya Keeny
Community Member
2 months ago

If you're on acid does the camera see what you see?

Jozie
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2 months ago

42 MINUTES AGO EARLY!!! <3.

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#2

There Is A House Near Me That Looks Like It’s Out Of A Fairytale

There Is A House Near Me That Looks Like It’s Out Of A Fairytale

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Danieletc
Community Member
2 months ago

Designed by a Hollywood set designer.

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To learn more about what goes into producing such images, Bored Panda got in contact with Feed-the-good-wolf, the person behind the dreamlike photo of an altar inside an underground church which had over 24K upvotes on Reddit. "I took it with an iPhone 4 at the salt mines in Poland," they said.

"There was an eerie medieval vibe in the church but it was very surreal too. It's a mixture of the textures and lighting as well as the fact that there were so many right angles that make the pic look like a video game," Feed-the-good-wolf explained. "This altar is entirely carved out of salt."

#3

Amazing Shot Taken At The Right Time And In The Right Place. These Antennas On Top Of The San Francisco Sutro Tower Look Like A Ghost Ship

Amazing Shot Taken At The Right Time And In The Right Place. These Antennas On Top Of The San Francisco Sutro Tower Look Like A Ghost Ship

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troufaki13
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2 months ago

And the chimney on the right looks like someone is saluting the ship O.O

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#4

The Emperor's Corridor In The Czech Republic Looks Like A Real Life Skyrim

The Emperor's Corridor In The Czech Republic Looks Like A Real Life Skyrim

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Raine Soo
Community Member
2 months ago

This is magnificent.

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#5

This Forest With Trees Covered In Green Moss Right After All Of The Colorful Leaves Fell To The Ground In Basque Country

This Forest With Trees Covered In Green Moss Right After All Of The Colorful Leaves Fell To The Ground In Basque Country

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Elsker
Community Member
2 months ago

Next day, the dawn was a brilliant fiery red and I wandered though the weird and lurid landscape of another planet; for the vegetation which gives Mars its red appearance had taken root on Earth. As Man had succumbed to the Martians, so our land now succumbed to the Red Weed...

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We also looked at some tips online and learned that pretty much everyone can take cinematic photos.

To start, ask yourself what makes something look picturesque in the first place. Study your favorite movies. But don't just watch them, try to identify how you can interpret their essence visually.

You don't have to stick to one particular genre when looking for cinematic inspiration. Yes, you can learn a lot from watching action movies but there's also animation, documentary films... the list goes on. You can broaden your influences by researching lists of films online, such as IMDb's Top 50 Most Beautiful and Visually Stunning Movies.

#6

The Sun Hit This Freshly-Paved Tarmac Just Right And Made A Real-Life Rainbow Road Through Polarized Lenses

The Sun Hit This Freshly-Paved Tarmac Just Right And Made A Real-Life Rainbow Road Through Polarized Lenses

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KamiKhan
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2 months ago

This is insane!

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#7

Volcanic Ash Cloud In Chile Looks Like A Giant Monster Summoned From The Underworld

Volcanic Ash Cloud In Chile Looks Like A Giant Monster Summoned From The Underworld

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Danieletc
Community Member
2 months ago

I am AshGroot!

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#8

Oppstryn, Norway Looking Like A Dreamland

Oppstryn, Norway Looking Like A Dreamland

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Raine Soo
Community Member
2 months ago

This is so beautiful and serene.

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If you find a movie you really like, write down everything you love about it. Observe how every shot is composed, and pay attention to how the lighting establishes the mood of each scene. Filmmaking and photography may be different platforms, but they share many rules. Subsequently, you can easily apply what you learn from watching movies to your photography.

Next, capture images with a prime lens. Movie cameras rarely use zoom lenses since a lot of cinematographers actually prefer using fixed prime lenses—they're a whole lot sharper than lenses with variable focal lengths. Plus, they also provide incredible bokeh that helps isolate the subject from the background.

Then, learn to shoot raw. JPEG is a type of file that you can readily use right out of the camera but having the ability to edit it broadens the scope of possibilities with the image. RAW files allow you to make significant changes to them without destroying their overall look.

#9

This Photo Of My Son Looks Like A Horror Movie Poster

This Photo Of My Son Looks Like A Horror Movie Poster

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Lis Daglish
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2 months ago

Why am I more scared of how off that left wall is...?

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#10

This Looks Like A Screenshot From A Video Game But Is Actually A Real Altar From An Entire Church Carved Underground In A Salt Mine In Poland

This Looks Like A Screenshot From A Video Game But Is Actually A Real Altar From An Entire Church Carved Underground In A Salt Mine In Poland

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Madison Feehan
Community Member
2 months ago

Can I get one of these for my house?

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#11

This Old Town In Japan That Looks Like A Movie Set

This Old Town In Japan That Looks Like A Movie Set

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Susan Green
Community Member
2 months ago

I can’t believe how gorgeous this is.

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Explore angles. Every element of an image influences how the audience feels when viewing your work, and this includes using angles to establish different moods. Just by changing your camera position, you can change how people perceive your photo as well. 

For example, the eye-level shot replicates how we usually see other people and helps us connect with the subject on a more intimate level.

You can also set the mood with lighting. The two main types of lighting you can begin with are soft lighting and hard lighting. Movies often use soft lighting to make scenes look dreamy and heavenly, and apply hard lighting to set a more dramatic tone.

#12

I Drove Into A Deep Winter Forest At Night, And It Looks Like In Some Stephen King Story

I Drove Into A Deep Winter Forest At Night, And It Looks Like In Some Stephen King Story

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Raine Soo
Community Member
2 months ago

It looks like something is going to jump out in front of you. And, you can't turn the car around.

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#13

Long Exposure Photo Of Drones Circling Mountains Makes Them Look Like Sci-Fi Landscapes

Long Exposure Photo Of Drones Circling Mountains Makes Them Look Like Sci-Fi Landscapes

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Danieletc
Community Member
2 months ago

When big rocks go to heaven.

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#14

This Cemetery Fire From Yesterday Looks Like A Horror Movie's Climax

This Cemetery Fire From Yesterday Looks Like A Horror Movie's Climax

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Danieletc
Community Member
2 months ago

You'll see that it is... tomorrow....

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#15

San Francisco Is Looking Like Blade Runner 2049

San Francisco Is Looking Like Blade Runner 2049

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Raine Soo
Community Member
2 months ago

I have never seen San Fransico this way. It's downright ominous.

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Lastly, get creative with color grading. It's a subtle enhancement that you can use to complete the movie look you are going for. This process is used to manipulate the tones and hues, emphasizing its overall mood. 

So you can slide the temperature to the yellow side if you want your photo to look and feel warmer and to the blue end if you want to evoke a colder response. Adjust the values of your hues, saturation, and luminance (HSL) until you achieve the color palette that you want.

Follow these steps and who knows, maybe your picture will end up in our next list!

#16

"Earth Pyramids" In South Tyrol, Northern Italy Looks Like An Alien Movie Set

"Earth Pyramids" In South Tyrol, Northern Italy Looks Like An Alien Movie Set

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Danieletc
Community Member
2 months ago

World's largest lava lamp.

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#17

This Is What An Empty 787 Looks Like

This Is What An Empty 787 Looks Like

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I I
Community Member
2 months ago

star trekky

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#18

Space Needle In Seattle Over Clouds Looks Like The Cloud City From Star Wars

Space Needle In Seattle Over Clouds Looks Like The Cloud City From Star Wars

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Raine Soo
Community Member
2 months ago

It does, and it's so cool!

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#19

These Lights On The Ground That Look Like The Start To A Video Game Quest

These Lights On The Ground That Look Like The Start To A Video Game Quest

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Madison Feehan
Community Member
2 months ago

And nobody's going to point out the characters walking towards the first quest?

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#20

Mont-Saint-Michel In France Looks Like The Disney Logo In Real Life

Mont-Saint-Michel In France Looks Like The Disney Logo In Real Life

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Tomáš Houdek
Community Member
2 months ago

Actually Disney was inspired by Neuschwanstein castle in Germany

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#21

My Orange Toolbox Looks Like A Real Life Pickup Item Under My Room's Blue Light

My Orange Toolbox Looks Like A Real Life Pickup Item Under My Room's Blue Light

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Hermitbunny
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

First aid kit +2

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#22

The Fog Made The Stadium Look Like An UFO

The Fog Made The Stadium Look Like An UFO

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Raine Soo
Community Member
2 months ago

It's time to re-think those UFO sightings.

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#23

This Spot Looks Like A CGI Render To Me. Seriously One Of The Craziest Places I've Ever Seen. Oregon Coast

This Spot Looks Like A CGI Render To Me. Seriously One Of The Craziest Places I've Ever Seen. Oregon Coast

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Doubleheader
Community Member
2 months ago

If you have ever seen the animated Oregon Travel commercial, then know that it's really not that far off from the real thing! Oregon has some really beautiful sights. I will miss it here.

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#24

I Covered A Door In Mirror Paper Squares And Now It Looks Almost Like Some Sort Of Portal

I Covered A Door In Mirror Paper Squares And Now It Looks Almost Like Some Sort Of Portal

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Danieletc
Community Member
2 months ago

Time to head down that rabbit hole, Neo.

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#25

Frozen Water And Waves Of Lake Michigan Makes Something That Looks Like It's Straight Out Of Game Of Thrones Or Saw

Frozen Water And Waves Of Lake Michigan Makes Something That Looks Like It's Straight Out Of Game Of Thrones Or Saw

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Raine Soo
Community Member
2 months ago

You need to cross these giant shards of ice to reach the Iron Throne.

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#26

My Picture Of Today’s Sunset Looks Like It Is From GTA

My Picture Of Today’s Sunset Looks Like It Is From GTA

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Joseph Karthic
Community Member
2 months ago

Both Michael car and franklin bike...

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#27

A Friend On Social Media Spotted This One Pixel Glitch In The Matrix, India

A Friend On Social Media Spotted This One Pixel Glitch In The Matrix, India

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Danieletc
Community Member
2 months ago

Well, now you'll have to dust the rest.

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#28

Photo I Took On My Phone Looks Like Live Action GTA

Photo I Took On My Phone Looks Like Live Action GTA

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Joseph Karthic
Community Member
2 months ago

More like NFS Heat...

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#29

A Quest!

A Quest!

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
2 months ago

!!!

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#30

Shot This Photo Of A Neighbor Kid As A Giant Storm Was Passing The Other Night

Shot This Photo Of A Neighbor Kid As A Giant Storm Was Passing The Other Night

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I I
Community Member
2 months ago

the walking dead's Carl

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#31

My Picture Made It Seem Like I Was A Locked Character

My Picture Made It Seem Like I Was A Locked Character

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Susan Green
Community Member
2 months ago

Are you sure you’re not?

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#32

This Tower We Found In An Irish Forest Looks Like Something Out Of A Fairytale

This Tower We Found In An Irish Forest Looks Like Something Out Of A Fairytale

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J. F.
Community Member
2 months ago

Did you call for Rapunzel?

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#33

The Reflection Of The Lights In The Room Behind Me Make It Look Like The Sky Has A Trap Door

The Reflection Of The Lights In The Room Behind Me Make It Look Like The Sky Has A Trap Door

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troufaki13
Community Member
2 months ago

It's a portal to another dimension

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#34

Fire In East St. Louis Last Night Looks Like A Scene From A Movie

Fire In East St. Louis Last Night Looks Like A Scene From A Movie

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troufaki13
Community Member
2 months ago

This church belongs to hell now muahahahahhaha

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#35

Cloud From The Storm Today Looks Like A Horror Movie

Cloud From The Storm Today Looks Like A Horror Movie

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Draco's Dragonfly
Community Member
2 months ago

Just another few seconds and the house will be sucked into the clouds.... I could totally imagine that happening!

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#36

The Corridors In My Hotel Look Like A Retro Fps Game

The Corridors In My Hotel Look Like A Retro Fps Game

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J. F.
Community Member
2 months ago

Given the floor I would say that's on purpose (awesome non the less)

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#37

A Picture Of My Kids At The Zoo Turned Out More Like A Scene From A Horror Movie

A Picture Of My Kids At The Zoo Turned Out More Like A Scene From A Horror Movie

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Draco's Dragonfly
Community Member
2 months ago

Creepy!

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#38

Hong Kong Protests Look Like A Dystopian Future

Hong Kong Protests Look Like A Dystopian Future

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Eliška Hůlková
Community Member
2 months ago

Because it is dystopia?

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#39

I've Been Told My Photo Of Half Dome Looks Like A Videogame Render

I've Been Told My Photo Of Half Dome Looks Like A Videogame Render

Oxus007 Report

Eva the Egg
Community Member
2 months ago

Amazing shot tho!

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#40

So Last Night's Fog And The Street Light Made My House Look Like A Scene From A Horror Movie

So Last Night's Fog And The Street Light Made My House Look Like A Scene From A Horror Movie

DarkDankDemon Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
2 months ago

Your house is reminiscent of the Amityville Horror house.

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#41

Lena Pillars, A Natural Rock Formation In Yakutsk, Russia Looks Like The Wall From Game Of Thrones

Lena Pillars, A Natural Rock Formation In Yakutsk, Russia Looks Like The Wall From Game Of Thrones

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Raine Soo
Community Member
2 months ago

"Winter is coming."

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#42

Ice Storm Makes North Georgia Look Like Something Out Of An Apocalypse Movie

Ice Storm Makes North Georgia Look Like Something Out Of An Apocalypse Movie

Avcracy Report

Danieletc
Community Member
2 months ago

And most of "The Walking Dead" is shot in Georgia, US, no less.

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#43

The Massive Underground Cathedral Protecting Tokyo From Floods (This Isn't A 3D Render)

The Massive Underground Cathedral Protecting Tokyo From Floods (This Isn't A 3D Render)

BeardedGlass Report

Nicolas Pilot
Community Member
2 months ago

It was a cut and cover project, easier than tunnelling

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#44

This Photo I Took Of A Building In San Antonio Looks Like It's Straight Out Of An Alien Invasion Movie

This Photo I Took Of A Building In San Antonio Looks Like It's Straight Out Of An Alien Invasion Movie

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Susan Green
Community Member
2 months ago

Whoa that’s scary looking!

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#45

I Genuinely Thought My Car Was Hovering Over The Parking

I Genuinely Thought My Car Was Hovering Over The Parking

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I I
Community Member
2 months ago

glitched out

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#46

A Creepy Little Christmas Tree Fully Decorated In The Middle Of The Woods. Powered By What Looked Like Mini Solar Panels

A Creepy Little Christmas Tree Fully Decorated In The Middle Of The Woods. Powered By What Looked Like Mini Solar Panels

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Raine Soo
Community Member
2 months ago

If I came across this, I would turn around and run!

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#47

My Front Porch View Looks Like A Scene Out Of Stranger Things

My Front Porch View Looks Like A Scene Out Of Stranger Things

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ThatOneCrazyFanGirl
Community Member
2 months ago

Those wildfires were crazy!!

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#48

Apartment Hallway In Dallas, TX Looks Like A Scene From The Titanic

Apartment Hallway In Dallas, TX Looks Like A Scene From The Titanic

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Eliška Hůlková
Community Member
2 months ago

Guys, is the water supposed to be there?

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#49

The Way The Snow Melted In My University's Courtyard Makes The Floor Look Like A Video Game

The Way The Snow Melted In My University's Courtyard Makes The Floor Look Like A Video Game

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Raine Soo
Community Member
2 months ago

Tetris, anyone?

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#50

Photo I Took On My Phone Looks Like Live-Action GTA

Photo I Took On My Phone Looks Like Live-Action GTA

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Milan Culik
Community Member
2 months ago

How did you take it? With your mouth?

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