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
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.)
(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.)