What’s up with the red balloons tied to drains in Sydney?

Just a little creepy


By Su Fen Tan

What’s up with the red balloons tied to drains in Sydney?

The creepy message above accompanied the red balloons that were tied to the drains in various locations across Sydney, spray-painted on the road—probably not the sight you’d want to come across when you’re walking home alone late at night. If the scene sounds like something out of a Stephen King novel, well, that’s because it kind of is…

A post shared by Syfy Australia (@syfyau) on


The red balloons are actually part of a promotional campaign for the new horror film It, an adaptation of the Stephen King book of the same name. In the novel, It/Pennywise the Dancing Clown uses balloons to lure his victims to his sewer lair. Bill Skarsgård stars as the shape-shifting killer clown in the movie, which just hit cinemas today.


After watching It, King stated his stamp of approval: “I had hopes, but I was not prepared for how good it really was. It’s something that’s different, and at the same time, it’s something that audiences are gonna relate to. They’re gonna like the characters. If you like the characters, if you care, the scares generally work. I’m sure my fans will enjoy the movie.”


Related stories:

All the films you can catch at the Japanese Film Festival 2017

7 Classic horror movies to binge watch this Halloween

‘Stranger Things’ to happen in Season 2

Explore More