Spooky handmade puppets bring this short horror film to life

Puppets are just about the creepiest things around, and that’s why a new short horror film called “The Mill at Calder’s End” looks like it will be a real winner. Hollywood puppeteer and special effects artist Kevin McTurk (who’s previously worked on films such as Batman Returns, Jurassic Park, and The Aviator) is leading the project, which was funded on Kickstarter last year. The film’s called a “Victorian ghost story,” and McTurk says the work is inspired by such literary giants as Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft.

Now there’s a truly spooky trailer for the short film, which is shot entirely with hand-crafted puppets controlled by skilled handlers. The figures — which are roughly two-and-a-half feet tall — are known as bunraku…

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