There is a cathedral in western France called the Chapelle de Bathléem, located about 12 miles outside the city of Nantes, that features stone grotesques in the unexpected forms of Gremlins, Mogwai, the Xenomorph, and even Goldorak. You might assume that these photos have been photoshopped, and we wouldn’t blame you, but based on our research it appears that they are completely authentic.

The cathedral dates back to the 15th century, but these awesome cinematic grotesques were created during building restoration that took place between 1993 and 1995. If gargoyles and grotesques are meant to fighten off evil spirits and protect the structures upon which they perch, why not use a few modern creatures from time to time?

We think it’s completely awesome.

[via Obvious Winner and Geek-Art]