Monday, August 24, 2009

Cthulhu Legos

Do you know who H.P. Lovecraft was? He was a Jazz-age author of horror stories that, when they were published at all in his lifetime, were published in throw-away pulp magazines. He died poor (living for much of his life with his mother) and largely unknown. But his work has become much more "famous" after his death. Today he's widely regarded to be among the most influential authors of horror fiction in the 20th century, alongside the better-known Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King.

In the 1980s, a highly-successful "Dungeons & Dragons"-type game was published based on his work called "Call of Cthulhu," which is also the title of perhaps his most famous story. Since the 1970s, a number of "B-movies" have also been made based on some of his stories. Most are terrible, though 1985's "Re-Animator" and 2001's "Dagon" are better than most. A video game called "Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth" was also released in 2005.

Anyway, his birthday was last week, August 20th. So it's in his honor that I have emebedded below a 30 second parody commercial for a "Cthulhu"-themed Lego set that has been posted on You Tube. If you've never heard of "Cthulhu" or H.P. Lovecraft, I wouldn't bother watching it. But if you have, and especially if you liked "Legos" as a kid as well, I think that you'll enjoy it, especially the last line at the very end...

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