Little house of horror: Alberta artist creates tiny replica of 'It' house
'It's an escape for anyone who will look at this model, and for me'
When Lance Cardinal saw the spooky estate in the blood-chilling remake of Stephen King's It, he couldn't help but bring it to life.
The northern Alberta artist spent hundreds of hours over two months building a perfect model replica of the Neibolt House.
King's most notorious haunted estate is a key location in both the book and the films.
It is abandoned and creepy from the outside, and filled with endless horrors on the inside — thanks to the homicidal clown that lurks within.
The smaller version is its own little house of horrors, said Cardinal.
"It's an old Victorian home with turrets and old, broken-down windows and doors, and siding that's decrepit and old and falling apart," Cardinal said in an interview with CBC Radio's Edmonton AM.
Cardinal hopes his smaller version still has the same big scare factor for die-hard horror fans.
"I think there is a lot of investment that people put into pop culture icons of this kind," said Cardinal, a member of the Bigstone Cree Nation in Calling Lake.
"I love pop culture myself so I like to capture these things that evoke memories or instill a feeling that someone felt when they watched the film."
Cardinal built the entire home from scratch, based on photographs from the set, which was built specifically for the film in Oshawa, Ontario,
He ended up using everything from Styrofoam to scraps, as materials.
Cardinal said he's heard accolades from the film crew, and received a message of thanks from the owner of the property where the set was constructed.
It's not the first time one of Cardinal's tiny masterpieces has earned a nod from Hollywood. In 2009, when photographs of his replica of the Muppet Theatre were shared online, they went viral and eventually caught the attention of the Jim Henson Company.
Within a few weeks, Cardinal received a personal letter of thanks from the Henson family.
Cardinal began creating miniatures 35 years ago, in Grade 2 — and it remains one his favourite creative escapes.
"For me, creating something in replica or in miniature, especially down to every single detail, it's an escape for anyone who will look at this model, and for me myself to escape my own reality.
"This is kind of my passion."