Filmmaker Kevin McTurk with a puppet for a character in his 2015 Victorian ghost story short film, The Mill at Calder’s End. The character was inspired by (and is voiced in the film by) 1960s Gothic horror icon / actress, Barbara Steele. (


About the Film…

“The Mill at Calder’s End is told with a passionate sense of storytelling in a medium that both enshrines and reinvents the old classics.”

– Guillermo Del Toro

In the remote village of Calder’s End stands an old windmill, a repository of dark secrets. Nicholas Grimshaw has returned to this haunted place, intent on breaking an ancient family curse…

From: Kevin McTurk
Genre: Gothic Horror
Duration: 14 minutes
Availability: Worldwide


The Mill at Calder’s End is a Victorian ghost story puppet film in the tradition of Edgar Allan Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, and the gothic horror films of the 1960s.

The film utilizes 30-inch-tall “bunraku puppets” and traditional in-camera practical effects.

It features the voices of Jason Flemyng (Snatch, The Missing) and horror legend Barbara Steele (Black Sunday, The Ghost, Silent Scream, Fellini’s 8 1/2).

(Above: Left: Gothic actress and horror icon Barbara Steele. Center: Steeles inspired ghost puppet during amd underwater green-screen filming session. Right: The full 30″-tall puppet.)

Watch the trailer here at Vimeo…

Order the Blu-ray or DVD here that includes both of McTurk’s short Victorian Ghost Story puppet films: The Mill at Calder’s End, & The Narrative of Victor Karloch…

Watch the trailer for The Narrative of Victor Karloch, Kevin McTurk’s first Victorian Ghost Story, here…

(Above: Left: The poster for Kevin McTurk’s first Victorian ghost story short film, The Narrative of Victor Karloch. Center: The 30″ puppet of Victor Karloch, inspired by (and voiced in the film by) actor Christopher Lloyd (Taxi, Clue, Back to the Future). Right: Lloyd with his Victor Karloch puppet on the set of the film.)