The first time I saw the excellent short film THE MILL AT CALDER’S END, it caught me completely off guard. Last year, the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, California celebrated the great Mario Bava with a double feature of BLACK SUNDAY and BLACK SABBATH, two of his most celebrated works. The legendary Barbara Steele was in attendance for a Q & A, and not only because she starred in BLACK SUNDAY, but because she appeared in this little short film that played before both features as well.
Without any introduction or set-up, I had a tough time figuring out why the “actors” in THE MILL AT CALDER’S END looked so… well, bizarre. Their appearances looked so real and yet something was off. It was the “uncanny valley” and my brain couldn’t wrap itself around what was creeping me out about these characters. Was it all CG animation? No, the sets all look too real. That’s when it finally dawned on me that I was watching a film with some of the most authentically realistic looking puppets ever.
For a while now, people have asked “how can I see this short film?!” It had been on the festival circuit for most of last year meaning you could only see it on the big screen, but now we’ve been alerted by director Kevin McTurk that THE MILL AT CALDER’S END, along with his other short THE NARRATIVE OF VICTOR KARLOCH (both co-penned by Ryan Murphy) have been paired together and are now available on a special Blu-Ray release.
THE NARRATIVE OF VICTOR KARLOCH is about an alchemist, scholar and ghost hunter, and follows him as he battles the supernatural forces of the Unknown. KARLOCH also features the voice talents of Maurice LaMarche, Christopher Lloyd & Elijah Wood.
In THE MILL AT CALDER’S END, Nicholas Grimshaw has returned home to unearth the dark secret of the Mill at Calder’s End. This one Features the voice talents of John Alexander, Jason Flemyng, Piotr Michael & Barbara Steele.
You can now purchase a Blu-Ray copy that features both shorts for $20 directly from The Spirit Cabinet website right here. Special features include commentary, VFX breakdown and a slideshow of concept art and behind the scenes photos. Head over to the site and get your copy now! And check out the trailers for both below!