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A Spooker spooked!
My entry in Mister Bones' Halloween contest. Lets follow two trick or treaters on their quest for candy, and where it will take them...
About this creation


October 31st 1998

Little Bobbie and Lizzie McAlister headed out like most little boys and girls do on that dark night for a quest of candy. This year they are both old enough to out alone. Feeling proud and responsible the two start walking along the street, knocking on doors, eagerly muttering the cliche saying "trick or treat" and then reaping in the goodies.



After about an hour of trick or treating they come to an apartment of a friend of theirs, Calvin Francis. As they knock on his door, Calvin comes out into the lamp lit street and is startled to meet a little knight and a witch! Trick or Treat! He nervously fills up their pockets with candy and gives them both an ice cream cone then runs inside and slams the door.



Lizzie and Bobbie are walking back to the house, conversing in low tones about the night's adventure. Little did they know that the adventure was far from over...



They are walking when all of a sudden a head appears above the tombs before them. Lizzie's shriek pierces the still night air as they see it is a skeleton head! Bobbie grabs Lizzie's hand and together they run out of the graveyard, careless of the lost candy and back to the house.



The prankster Derik walks back through the graveyard feeling triumphant, laughing at the two stupid little twerps who just peed their pants, when suddenly a dark ominous feeling of dread covers the graveyard like a thick blanket. The silence is deafeningly unbearable. Derik slowly begins to feel nervous and quickens his pace. As he passes the grave of one Timothy McAlister he hears a noise and turns sharply.



To his utter horror, an apparition appears in the tree, wailing a low pithed unearthly groan. Derik tries to scream in terror and even tries to run but he finds himself a mute with feet stuck to the ground as if grown there. The specter looms toward him uttering an evil dirge that makes sends shiver up and down Derik's body. As it floats closer Derik is able to see the bloodshot eyes and hear the words in the dirge.

"Derik Farham, thou thinkest thou hast spooked
the young couple tis true
listen closely for what I say
is from Timothy to you.
Leave them be, trouble them not
if thou dost I will come again.
Thou wilt think twice about what thou has got
when I visit again thou shalt be not sane!

Then as quickly as it had come the messenger was gone. Needless to say that after that Derik was a very good boy and never troubled Lizzie and Bobbie again.



The End

Or is it...





The Build!

This creation was an entry for Mr. Bones Halloween contest. It had to be on an 8x8 base. To all those who took the 8x8 base and put a 48x48 baseplate on top of that, I say you are only cheating yourself. Doing it strictly on 8x8 is much harder. I chose this contest because it would challenge me and hopefully make me a better and more experience builder. And indeed it did.

The First Level!




To those who are wondering this is incredibly fragile. You will notice the windows on the far right are a little out of proportion. This is due to the fact that it is a pain to put them back together after they fall over.



Like all the other condescending adults this one feigns mock horror at seeing two scary trick or treaters that look suspiciously to be Lizzie and Bobbie from down the street! This is probably one of my favorite heads. The simplicity is the best part.



I meant to put a vase in the right to cover up the pin but unfortunately the idea was forgotten.

The Second Level!




Those faces crack me up. Especially with the ice cream plopped on the floor like that.



Note: the skeleton head on a stick is a prank. I clipped it on to the scene with the brown modified tile but it is mainly for a picture facing the grave stone with the prankster holding the head in the background.

The Third Level!




Stereotypical grave yard scene. Graves, dead grass, dead tree and a ghost.
The bully just looks like a bully doesn't he? Skull on a sweatshirt? Yeah!



The shot of the ultimate spooker! This glow in the dark ghost was ideal for this contest. I was a little surprised no one else had the idea of the most classic LEGO Halloween element ever. Tsk tsk. Also notice the Voldemort head.



The bottom scene was the main scene to this MOC. I derived the story and background plot from that.



Yes this is all on 1 8x8. You can see the different scenes in the story.



This creation is about 5 times more fragile than it looks. Getting the levels to be aligned correctly was very frustrating. However completed and photographed it is-- was so I am not complaining.

Thank you Mr. Bones for the great contest. I understand the work and stress involved. This really stretched me and I had a lot of fun with it.

~Blake




Comments

 I made it 
  October 25, 2010
Quoting Hans DendauwNPD Don't feel that way! Some might see that as a plus. Don't forget that judging is subjective and one thing the judges have shown is that their tastes are as diverse as their personalities. Good luck and I look forward to your entry!~H
Well not only did you extend grace but you also just said cheer up. And indeed I shall knowing I have you encouraging me.
Quoting Mr. Xenomurphy Bear up.
Pun intended.
 I like it 
  October 25, 2010
Quoting Blake Baer feeling thoroughly bewildered and perhaps a little cheated that I did a selection from before 1970.. sigh...
In that case Id be in trouble since Shining is from 1980. But many of the best horror movies are from before that time and Im sure youll do great. Bear up.
 I like it 
  October 25, 2010
Don't feel that way! Some might see that as a plus. Don't forget that judging is subjective and one thing the judges have shown is that their tastes are as diverse as their personalities. Good luck and I look forward to your entry!~H
 I made it 
  October 25, 2010
Quoting Hans DendauwNPD Monster Movie Diorama: Not a vig, but a diorama with the base being at least 16x16. In this, you must build a scene from a monster movie, no restrictions on which one, so you want to do modern, go ahead.
Well supported! However I find further along a permalink to a Dem Bones comment, stating "A classic film like that would be allowed. Let's say a monster from any movie originally made prior to 1970, ok?" http://www.mocpages.com/group_conversation.php?id=13791&topicid=57465#comment-602723 And even further along in the conversation... "I said BEFORE 1970. Now, check the year the movie / book came out first. " http://www.mocpages.com/group_conversation.php?id=13791&topicid=57465#comment-604237 However I just found that those were in response to R1 questions so I suppose I must now indeed insert foot...;) feeling thoroughly bewildered and perhaps a little cheated that I did a selection from before 1970.. sigh...
 I like it 
  October 25, 2010
Taken from the rules link on the homepage: Round 2 Categories: Monster Movie Diorama: Not a vig, but a diorama with the base being at least 16x16. In this, you must build a scene from a monster movie, no restrictions on which one, so you want to do modern, go ahead.' Now you don't have to wait for a response, just insert foot.~H
 I like it 
  October 21, 2010
Awesome build, this is great!
 I like it 
  October 19, 2010
5,5,5 - brilliant!
 I like it 
  October 16, 2010
5,5,5= 15 points. This is one of the best stories i've read from this contest yet! The build is also very well done!
  October 16, 2010
Originality: 5 , Presentation: 4 , Build: 4 = 13
 I like it 
  October 16, 2010
Great work!
 I like it 
  October 15, 2010
Originality: 5 , Presentation: 5 , Build: 5 = 15
 I like it 
  October 14, 2010
Interesting, and pretty cool story as well.
 I like it 
  October 14, 2010
Excellent build here Blake. While I do tend to agree with Luke a little bit, there is nothing in the rules against creating multi-levels and using them in the flow of your story. This reminds me of the good ol' days where being spooky didn't consist of ungodly amounts of blood and gore. Just some good fun all around. Score of 15. Good luck with the other judges!
 I like it 
  October 14, 2010
You did really well on this build. The three levels look great individually, not to mention all together, and the story with each of them is perfect. Good job Blake!
Blake Baer
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cam m
  October 13, 2010
Very cool! I liked all the special effects :)
 I made it 
  October 13, 2010
Quoting Chuke Lapman I see multilayered vignettes as just a cheat as a 48x48 baseplate (barring stuff like Stuart Lucus's R4 entry, where it actually serves a purpose)
Cheat? Nah! While it is not in the rules the thought that one creation(one base) is alluded to. And while the overhang is allowed as a way to skirt the 8x8 rules I chose to go old school and challenge myself.
 I like it 
  October 13, 2010
Great plot! Really like the effect! Also, using the tree to hold the entire structure was a stroke of genius! Good luck on the contest!
  October 13, 2010
I see multilayered vignettes as just a cheat as a 48x48 baseplate (barring stuff like Stuart Lucus's R4 entry, where it actually serves a purpose), but that's just me XD Cool story and build and good luck in the contest.
 I like it 
  October 13, 2010
Excellent work here! You made great use of the limited space, and best of luck in the competition.
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  October 13, 2010
This is sweet. I have just completed a 13 level creation, so I know how hard it must have been to get yours to balance. Excellent work!
 I like it 
  October 13, 2010
Nice job on the vig.
 
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