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MOC: Hill House; Homage to the Horror Genre

Postby einsteinonthebeach » Tue Sep 01, 2009 5:24 am

Here is my latest MOC. I hope you enjoy it!

Hill House; Homage to the Horror Genre; a LEGO Creation by Mark Bauer

Dimensions:40''x25''
Build Time:Approx. 60 hours over the course of 2 months
Pieces Count:Approx. 10,000

Key Features
-Many vignettes related to the Horror Genre [fear of spiders, snakes, dogs, clowns]
-One of the first, if not the first, LEGO Pentagram designs, with cow sacrifice on top default_devg1.gif
-Light up brick feature in the spider cavern

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Re: MOC: Hill House; Homage to the Horror Genre

Postby architect » Tue Sep 01, 2009 11:20 am

Mark,

This is an impressive creation. While I am not into the subject matter, this moc has great details. I particularly enjoy the multi-colored terrain and the angled wall/tower and roof.

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Re: MOC: Hill House; Homage to the Horror Genre

Postby stuifzand » Tue Sep 01, 2009 12:33 pm

Wow! I'm not into the horror genre, but I love your moc.
The scenes are very well done, and the building itself is great :)
I like the jellybean knight gag :lol:
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Re: MOC: Hill House; Homage to the Horror Genre

Postby Memsochet » Tue Sep 01, 2009 1:56 pm

Wow, that's impressive. There's a lot of great detail in this, and it's all executed very well.
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Re: MOC: Hill House; Homage to the Horror Genre

Postby Quickblade22 » Tue Sep 01, 2009 3:37 pm

Wow!! This is an impressive MOC, and a very disturbing scene as well. Props on making it a two piece by using connector pins. I love the way you used the tile pieces on some of the pillars and walls, it just looks so awesome. I also like the use of all those convex roof slopes. They look like scales. Nice addition of the snake in the apple tree. If Stephen King were a minifig, I bet he'd live here.....or at least visit. :wink:
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Re: MOC: Hill House; Homage to the Horror Genre

Postby jovian » Tue Sep 01, 2009 4:28 pm

I love the plate and tile curved stairways, especially the interior spiral staircase in the upper level. The pentagram construction is pretty slick too. Props on representing the dark side! :twisted:
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Re: MOC: Hill House; Homage to the Horror Genre

Postby DaleDVM » Tue Sep 01, 2009 4:56 pm

Indeed this is an incredible creation. Done two months before Halloween as well.

I also love the convex slopes for the roof on the angled walls. The children in the corn is classic! So many small scenes :shock: it is tough to take it all in. The small spiral staircase going to the top level is great. It looks a bit fragile... Is it built exclusively on top of tiles or is it secured at a few points on studs? The dungeons and cave on the back are just awesomesauce on top.

Will this survive until next Brickworld? I would love to see this in person! :wave:
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Re: MOC: Hill House; Homage to the Horror Genre

Postby the_Rascal_King » Tue Sep 01, 2009 5:24 pm

Wickedly cool! These are some brutal Lords and Ladies!
Like many have said, this is jam packed with hilarious scenes. Some of my favorites include the burger munching Queen, the execution of the Jelly Bean Knights, and the jovial body part collector.
The streams of blood are very well done, they pull off the effect flawlessly! I am totally stealing the Aqueduct design at the far back of the upper section.
Chain saw wielding Clown = awesome.
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Re: MOC: Hill House; Homage to the Horror Genre

Postby Soman » Tue Sep 01, 2009 6:09 pm

Amazing job! The detail is outstanding.
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Re: MOC: Hill House; Homage to the Horror Genre

Postby einsteinonthebeach » Tue Sep 01, 2009 6:18 pm

DaleDVM wrote:The small spiral staircase going to the top level is great. It looks a bit fragile... Is it built exclusively on top of tiles or is it secured at a few points on studs?

Will this survive until next Brickworld? I would love to see this in person! :wave:


All of the spiral staircases are connected at 2 points, some more. The large one in the back tower is connected at 3 spots, but it is still pretty fragile. Though this MOC is not intended for play so I'm not too worried.

This will not be around for Brickworld. It is already partly disassembled. I was going to keep it together through Halloween but I've had a lot of new ideas hit me over the last week for an even bigger MOC and I want to get working on it ASAP.

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Re: MOC: Hill House; Homage to the Horror Genre

Postby Griffon » Tue Sep 01, 2009 6:25 pm

Great MOC with great detail and lots of humour! :shock: :shock:
If only i could build so big.
Looking forward to see those new ideas of yours :D
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Re: MOC: Hill House; Homage to the Horror Genre

Postby Username » Tue Sep 01, 2009 8:15 pm

Completely SWEET MOC! Great job. It's huge, hilarious, and has tons of details. Love the Devil Tauntaun. :lol:
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Re: MOC: Hill House; Homage to the Horror Genre

Postby LegoLord. » Tue Sep 01, 2009 11:12 pm

Man... That's detailed and grusome. Congrats!
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Re: MOC: Hill House; Homage to the Horror Genre

Postby nanuck95 » Wed Sep 02, 2009 12:06 am

Amazing detail. The staircases in particular caught my attention, they really turned out great and I especially liked the two spiral staircases on the front going inside. The river of blood is a nice touch as well, I got a kick out of the guy swimming in the pool. The chainsaw clown was great too. Thanks for sharing!
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Re: MOC: Hill House; Homage to the Horror Genre

Postby Blueandwhite » Wed Sep 02, 2009 12:35 am

einsteinonthebeach wrote:This will not be around for Brickworld. It is already partly disassembled. I was going to keep it together through Halloween but I've had a lot of new ideas hit me over the last week for an even bigger MOC and I want to get working on it ASAP.

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This is an incredible MOC. You have a style which is quite similar to Rocko's (which is a very good thing). Your fine details are also top-notch and you've got a great sense of humor. I really like the interiors as well as the upper floor of the MOC. Both are top-notch!

That being said, I'm certainly not one to hold back a bit of friendly criticism. As you're starting something fresh I figure I'll chime in with a few observations. This MOC is very much like 100 vignettes merged into one! This could be viewed as both a gift and a curse. On one hand, there are countless details to take in which makes the MOC very interesting. On the other hand, this MOC could really benefit from a stronger focal point; something to draw in the viewer's attention. With so much happening, the viewer really gets lost in the detail. It's almost like missing the forest for the trees. I actually find the individual modules to be more appealing when viewed separately. This MOC reminds me of public displays where a number of great MOCs are shown on one table yet your eyes are moving around so quickly you don't have time to stop and savour the details. The children of the corn scene in particular seems to be almost too distracting.

Now, don't take this the wrong way. I'm not suggesting that you should cut back on your detailing (keep your standards high). I simply feel that a more pronounced focal point would go a long way to making a MOC like this even better. Interestingly enough, when the two modules are separate, the MOC actually has a more pronounced focus. The pentagram in the first module serves as an excellent focal point and the main gate/stairway in the second module works as a focal point as well. When the two modules are brought together the impact of each is lost.

You're a phenomenal builder and I really look forward to seeing what you have in store for us next! Good work.
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