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MOCer Cup Round 3: Going Down?
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
About this creation
For the 2017 MOCer Games' Third Round of the MOCer Cup.
I've been pitted up against Oliver Becker and his fantastic build that's going to mop the floor with me.
Our round was entitled Heeeere's Johnny! in which we had to build a scene from a classic horror movie.

I decided to stick with the Shining. Which is Rated R by the way. There's language, violence, brief nudity, intense imagery, it's awesome. Makes you wonder why the judges chose this theme as they're all younger and have expressed they haven't seen much in the way of horror. That pop culture zeitgeist keeps on atruckin' don't it?



Stanley Kubrick's The Shining from 1980 is filled with classic moments. Room 237, Red Rum, Danny on his Trike, the Hedge Maze, even the opening is spectacular and memorable with that Volkswagon Beetle driving on that road with all the scenery that suspiciously look like Oregon instead of Colorado because the hotel they shot exteriors for was the Timberline Lodge in Oregon and yadda yadda yadda, but I chose the scene that was used for the trailer. Danny Torrance is looking down the hall that leads to the elevators. He "Shines" and a door opens and it is filled to the top with blood that comes spilling out and splashing on the walls.

The Shining Trailer

A word of caution, if my description didn't clue you in enough, this contains a lot of blood, so if you are squeamish, you're not going to watch this trailer.



For those that haven't seen the movie, here's a little synopsis.

The Shining is a story of a family that takes care of the Overlook Hotel in Colorado during the off-season. In the winter, the roads are too slick and the snow is too heavy that having the hotel open for business is not worth the trouble, which means the family can’t even leave. Cabin fever isn’t unheard of, but this hotel messes with your mind and makes you crazy, seeing things that are not there, even the walls and rooms seem to be changing. Danny already has an ability to “Shine." He can see and hear things from the past and present and strange visions of the near future, but his father, Jack, goes nuts and tries to kill his wife and son to please the hotel.

From what I have heard, Stephen King is actually not happy with Stanley Kubrick’s take on the story because there are too many changes, but as a horror film, this is far more entertaining than the more faithful 1997 miniseries.

By the way, because just about all of us are too young to know this, the “Heeeere’s Johnny” line is a reference to the opening of the television talk show, The Johnny Carson Show from 1962 that lasted all the way up until 1992. It makes no sense if you have no idea what that is, which I guess still works since Jack is losing his mind, but it’s one reference that dates the movie a bit. I mean, there’s a number of things, but that line and action is always referenced in other things, when it itself is a reference. Doesn’t really hurt the overall enjoyment of the movie, it’s just a little overused and I wanted to educate. Because if you're going to make a reference, you might as well know what you're referencing.

And for all you Kubrick and Shining fans out there. There is this fantastic conspiracy theory documentary called Room 237. People are bonkers, and yet some of them actually make sense which is concerning. Here's a trailer.

Here's a few more images just because.







Behind Room 237
Or is it 217?

And yes, I am doing this 4th Wall crap a lot of people do.

I'm not happy with this build. If you check out the conversation describing Round 3, I got really excited because my dad and I have been burning through Stephen King movies and miniseries all summer and for a few summers now, and Stephen King is known as the King of Horror. I also saw I was up against Oliver Becker, so I knew I had to do something really good. That meant my ambitions were way up there, and that's dangerous territory for them. I was going to build five scenes from five different movies and compile them all into one build that looked like a film strip. I had synopses for all the movies, my opinions, and HTML in place for trailers, it was going to be presentation on a different level. I tried building one scene from The Mist, and it took three days and I still never finished it. Then I get a Bricklink order that contains hair that I am wanting to use for a Stephen King minifig and the hair came completely chewed up, not to mention another piece was chewed up, a part was missing, and I already had pieces I had to lose because he didn't have them in stock, so that put me in a bad mood. Then, more excuses that are all somewhat within my control and I squeezed this build out in two days. All work and no play may make Jack a dull boy, but all play and no work makes Jack a moron. I used up all my tan bricks, all my usable reddish brown, and I'm missing stuff from the scene because the trailer I used as a reference was not the full 4:3 format that had more floor, part of a ceiling with a candelabra chandelier thing, not to mention my build was too small to even include the furniture, so screw it all. I'm loosing to Oliver, which I anticipated, I just wish I had given it a much better shot. But at least I built something... previous competitor I shall leave nameless.
( =_=)

Here, look at it one more time if you can stomach the awfulness of it all.



At the very least, I hope you learned something. Be it useless knowledge, something that will help you win at Trivial Pursuit, or learning from my mistake.

For the 2017 MOCer Games



Comments

 I like it 
  August 25, 2017
Excellent scene!
 I like it 
  August 23, 2017
Awesome! A great take on a very iconic scene. For people like me who know the film, this scene is instantly recognizable. The Shining is my favorite horror movie! While it is different from the book and the more accurate 1997 remake with Stephen Weber, it is still a really great horror movie in it's own right. I love the Alien-series too but they're in a different genre to me, and while the Hannibal-movies do fall in the horror/thriller genre, the original The Shining movie is just on another level when it comes to scaryness (is that a word?). It just contains so many truly eerie scenes and doesn't rely on cheap shock-tactics - like many more modern horror movies do - to scare people. Brilliant work :-)
  August 23, 2017
Horrifying indeed! Though your opponents entry captures the feel of the category better, so he got my vote.
 I like it 
  August 23, 2017
As I said before, it is extremely hard to pull off real horror with plastic bricks. I feel neither of you managed to effectively scare me. Both of you, however came close and I appreciate your inclusion of source material. I watched the whole trailer and read most of the synopsis. This gave me a greater appreciation for your build, but when it comes down to details - as it did, since you both did well on the category - Oliver's just takes the lead. Good work from both of you.
 I made it 
  August 23, 2017
Quoting Ben Cossy Love seeing the Behind the scenes shot of the scene, I've never seen something like that before with a scene, well ok I have actually seen something like that before. Btw this totally looks just like the scene in the movie, the one I've only seen parts of, but I did like that scene ... scene scene scene!
Have you seen Celine scream at the scene on the screen?
 I like it 
  August 23, 2017
Love seeing the Behind the scenes shot of the scene, I've never seen something like that before with a scene, well ok I have actually seen something like that before. Btw this totally looks just like the scene in the movie, the one I've only seen parts of, but I did like that scene ... scene scene scene!
 I like it 
  August 23, 2017
This is a pretty solid entry, but unfortunately I'm voting for Oliver for similar reasons as Justin.
 I like it 
  August 21, 2017
I like elementary MOCs as you did here, MC Legoboy! I do them regularly to get my "flashing" ideas handled... ;) This scene you made is absolutely recognizeable as "Shining"! As I considered what movie I like to choose (regarding the "hint" to "Shining" from the judges) I remembered a great MOC on MP of the "Shining" set with several locations/scenes, don't know who was/is the creator! (Maybe you look for it ...) And this one is top- notch and not to excel, imo... So I kept up with "Frankenstein", and because of a personal bonding to my youth I got a run while building my MOC... ;) Greets!
 I like it 
  August 21, 2017
Nice! I feel you under-rate yourself a bit. Watched the trailer. Scared for life. XD. I'm not a big horror fan, but Stephen King is good. Movies seem to hash up his books, tho. (The dark tower a good example) keep up the nice, muderours, vile and blood-filled work!
 I like it 
  August 21, 2017
Well, I wrote a comment but apparently the filters have tightened up here even more than in the past. I'll look for it and edit it if it wasn't completely deleted, but anyways, this is actually really good. I think Oliver has you, but this is nothing to be down about. Still a great job and best of luck!
 I like it 
  August 21, 2017
Very impressive work! I personally liked Oliver's better, not just build-wise, but movie choice-wise. Great build though, the blood is pretty neat, though like Justin it took me a bit to realize it was blood. Again, amazing work!
 I like it 
  August 21, 2017
As a long-time fan of Stephen King, I really like this build, although it's not enough against Oliver's... still, I learned something and that's always good.
 I like it 
  August 20, 2017
I've never seen the film, but man, I feel like I have now. Your recreation is great. But the wedge plates really sell the feel of the blood. I also like the amount of effort you always put in to your descriptions, I doubt they give points on that, but if they did, you would always win. Anyway, amazing work, and good luck!
 I like it 
  August 20, 2017
Congrats to both of you for making it so far! Both of you have a very unique approach to MOCing that's been awesome to watch these last couple of rounds. Oliver: wow! You captured the drama and raw horror of this moment beautifully with not just the build, but the unique lighting too. I love the all the different apparatus in the room. MCLegoboy: you have a point with the whole age range thing. I definitely did not think of that when writing the categories. Then again, City ultimately picked the categories for this round, and you and your opponent are safely within the appropriate age range, although I don't know if I can say the same for the other judges. I like the accuracy of your build to the intensely disturbing and terrifying scene it represents, although it did take me a second to realize it was blood. The room is very well recreated, and the red stuff itself is well rendered to look like the real thing. In the end, though, even given the content of the elevators in MC's build, I have to go with Oliver's entry, since the horror of his scene was more tangible in his build, especially with his first shot. Congrats to both of you once again, and good luck with the other judges!
 I like it 
  August 20, 2017
Very nice work indeed. I've never seen the Shining (or many horror movies for that matter), but the eerie nature of the scene certainly matches the vibe of the genre! Good luck mate!
 
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