The Last Horror Blog: 7 Horror Classics Redone in Lego

The Last Horror Blog: 7 Horror Classics Redone in Lego

May 01, 2015

From The Lego Movie to countless videogames re-creating popular titles like Star Wars with the iconic blocks, it’s apparent that taking big name franchises and turning them into colorful squares is a recipe for success. Fans, however, have known this for years and have been using the popular Lego sets and the principles of stop-motion animation to create hilarious and awesome updatings of popular Hollywood movies.

No genre is immune from a good Lego-ing – including horror. There’s something inherently charming about seeing your favorite monsters turned into adorable blocks in low-fi films, and today we bring you some of the best.

 

Hellraiser

Clive Barker’s Hellraiser, with its sadomasochistic demons from Hell and extreme gore, seems like an unlikely title to get the Lego treatment, but that’s what makes these Lego shorts so impressive -- well, that and the dedication to shooting each scene one frame at a time on custom-built sets.

This short, from YouTuber JanSze123, features some of the film’s most iconic scenes. Watch Frank return from the dead (great use of hamburger), see The Lament Configuration open the pathway for Pinhead to return to this realm, and check out those infamous chains.

The film is really well done (not always a given with the Lego productions) and is enhanced by using dialogue and sound cues directly from the feature film. Who knew sadomasochists from Hell could be so adorable?

 

Jaws

Here’s to swimmin’ with block-legged women.

Countless Lego auteurs have taken a crack at Steven Spielberg’s Jaws, but this might be the best one simply because it’s so exhaustive. Where many Lego filmmakers aim to keep their movies short and sweet, this two-part re-creation of Jaws is massive in its scope. The execution is pretty great, too.

Set sail on the Lego Orca as Quint, Brody and Hooper hunt a nefarious great white shark (which isn’t made of Lego, instead appearing to maybe be a model from the Movie Maniacs Jaws diorama). Creator Dan Parks hits all the major story beats -- kudos for his fantastic re-creation of the shark on the blackboard drawing of the town hall meeting -- and manages to make it look amazing in the process.

This version of Jaws might be the most epic fan-made movie in the entire subgenre. Watch Part One below, then catch the second installment here.

 

The Shining

We know that Stephen King isn’t a big fan of Stanley Kubrick’s take on The Shining, but maybe he’d enjoy this Lego version.

The short hits the high notes, including the always popular “here’s Johnny!” sequence, but my personal favorite moment is the blood from the elevators. It looks like cherry Kool-Aid, which is totally awesome.

The Shining is pretty popular amongst Lego’s legions of auteurs – you could spend the better part of an afternoon watching all the homages to one of Kubrick’s most beloved films.

 

Tenebre

Dario Argento’s Tenebre isn’t the kind of film you’d expect someone to re-create using Lego blocks, but that’s what YouTube user Gionboard has done with this short – sort of.

Rather than re-create the entire story of author Peter Neal and the vicious murders trailing him throughout Rome, this short instead focuses on one of the film’s most memorable scenes.

Late in the film, actress Veronica Lazar meets a grisly end after running into a madman with a hatchet. It’s an artsy moment as her severed arm shoots blood all over the wall like abstract art. It’s a beautifully gory sequence, but it feels totally different (in a cool way) in Lego form.

Hopefully someone tackles Suspiria one of these days.

 

Shaun of the Dead

This ambitious project aimed to re-create the majority of Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead – in shot-for-shot fashion – and is really pretty amazing, even though it appears to have only lasted for two installments. Doing stop-motion work is hard enough, but having to do it and build the Lego sets? I’m guessing that turned out to be a full-time job instead of a hobby.

In this segment, we see Shaun and Ed having their infamous first encounter with the walking dead. It’s really well done (even though filmmaker Stevimated points out that he didn’t have the legs of his Lego actors moving in the shots), with the onscreen action matching the offscreen soundtrack of the movie perfectly. It’s unfortunate that Stevimated never finished the full feature – I’d have loved to see what he’d have done with some of the most unforgettable sequences.

 

Saw

Say what you will about the Saw franchise (and my opinion is that it went on for far too long), but it’s hard to deny that the original film is a pretty interesting horror effort. James Wan and Leigh Whannell crafted a really intriguing story that pays off in a big way in the final moments. Those moments are re-created in this video.

Obviously, there are some pretty major Saw spoilers here, so proceed with caution if you still haven’t seen the movie (and if you haven’t, what are you waiting for?). But those of you who have are likely to find this re-creation really impressive.

 

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Tobe Hooper’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one of the most famous grindhouse films in history, so it seems natural that someone would take a crack at a Lego version. This is the fruit of their labor.

The short uses Hooper’s film as an inspiration to tell its own story about two people who run afoul of the cannibal family, but it feels a lot like the original. The moment that impresses me most is the way that Lego Leatherface actually chainsaws through the screen door on the front of the Sawyer house. Sometimes it’s the little things…

The saw is definitely family in this frighteningly good little feature.

 

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