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Check Out The Hauntingly Beautiful Trailer For The Henson-Produced Puppet Film THE NARRATIVE OF VICTOR KARLOCH!

Beaks here...

Created by Kevin McTurk and produced by Heather Henson's Handmade Puppet Dreams Films, THE NARRATIVE OF VICTOR KARLOCH is a sort of haunted Jules Verne yarn about "an alchemist, ghost hunter and scholar" who investigates matters of the supernatural. It began life as a radio drama tailored specifically to blind children (with surround sound and tactile special effects), and, over the last two years, has metamorphosed into a fanciful, lovingly crafted puppet film. The movie features the voices of Christopher Lloyd and Elijah Wood, and puppets were created in their likeness.

I've been privileged to catch glimpses of McTurk's work over the last year or so as the film has come together. Now that he has an official trailer to share with the rest of the world, I'm thrilled to present it on AICN. 


The Narrative of Victor Karloch [Official Trailer] from Kevin McTurk on Vimeo.


I love the look of the storm-swept ocean and the ghostly world lurking at the bottom of the ocean. For more on the production, visit McTurk's website Rest assured that we'll keep you updated on this very cool project as it gets closer to release.

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  • Nov. 30, 2011, 1:44 p.m. CST


    by The_Samaritan

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 1:46 p.m. CST


    by Frojitsu

    I must see this.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 1:51 p.m. CST

    I guess that's kinda cool

    by Sardonic

    I admire them for trying to do something different, but honestly it looks like it would be really hard to take seriously at all.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Finally, the Team America sequel!!!

    by Jay Eyler

    Boy, they sure have aged.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 2:24 p.m. CST

    I'd lay good money on this being a BNAT13WOLF premiere!

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Very interesting looking. Extremely odd looking. The photo real puppets of Elijah Wood and Christopher Lloyd are creepy as Hell, and it's a strange concept to make them look so lifelike, but not give them moving mouths or worry in the slightest that all the wires are clearly visable. We're meant to clearly see this as the puppet show it is. I love the sort of Jules Verne meets H P Lovecraft vibe this gives off. I don't know if this is a short film or a feature, Beaks doesn't say and I can't find it on IMDB, but I'm guessing it's a short film. With Elijah becoming a regular BNAT attendee, I could easily see this playing the show.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 2:28 p.m. CST

    I can see the strings!

    by future help


  • Nov. 30, 2011, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Did anyone see the movie "Strings"?

    by sweeneydave

    I loved that movie. Recommended it to everyone. But it still seems like nobody has heard of it.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Narrative -

    by lochkray

    Fuck, yeah!

  • No, seriously - I love 'Captain Scarlet'! I'm digging the fact that someone made something original for a change. Creepy and cool. And pretty much anything that Christopher Lloyd is in is cool.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Should have gotten Phillip Huber

    by Musicman247

    Seriously. Those puppets look good, but Huber's work is amazing. Especially in Being John Malkovich.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 4:22 p.m. CST

    I own "Strings" on dvd!

    by Ang_Lee

    HA! I didn't think anyone else knew about it either.That's the first thing i thought about when i saw this trailer. Yes, worth checking out.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Strings is a great movie

    by Crooooooow

  • I mean, yeah, it's well filmed and all that, but I think it would be hard for me not to feel like it's a film of some kids and their dolls.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 5:42 p.m. CST

    I don't know, I'd rather see this live.

    by Ricardo

    Looks like what the John Cusack character from Being John Malkovitch would do if he didn't find the portal and was given greenlight to do a movie. Plus, that trailer is so horribly edited...

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 5:44 p.m. CST

    I hope Prometheus can scare me like this!

    by marineboy

    Think this is where horror has gone wrong in recent years...too much cgi, when there's true terror to be had from marionettes. Something about their detachment, lifeless animation. I heard they're using puppets in Prometheus, would be awesome to see some giant creation lurching forward again like the Alien Queen of old :)

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 7 p.m. CST

    Hasn't been an actual...

    by MaxHeadroom

    There hasn't been an actual puppet, puppet movie in a long time.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 8:20 p.m. CST


    by Darth_Kong

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 11:42 p.m. CST

    These are fucking puppets, people!

    by Queefer Sutherland

    Puppets! PUPPETS! Wake up, idiots! This might have been cool on some stupid fucking DVD-ROM back in the computer stone age, but please, not now. A bunch of guys filmed themselves playing with dolls. And now they want us to watch it! Damn, how sick is that?

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 3:45 a.m. CST

    The problem with puppet movies is...


    ...that they're full of puppets!

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 4:39 a.m. CST

    what was the name ?

    by higgledyhiggles

    of the czech(?) puppet thing in the forest with weirdo creatures and a car ? when is that coming out damnit...?

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 5:46 a.m. CST

    I saw Strings

    by Zorak5

    Beautiful film. I'm all for more puppet movies and working in genres we don't often see them in.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 6:19 a.m. CST

    it looked like dark crystal mixed with fraggle rock..

    by higgledyhiggles

    not this, that other one from a while back someone rack what`s left of their brain.. mine has worn out.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Kinda reminds me of Stingray....and I like it!

    by Damned if I can login

    Just can't get enough of Gerry Anderson's work. My 7yr old daughter absolutely LOVES Fireball XL5, despite the fact that it's in B&W.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 12:25 p.m. CST

    "Just can't get enough of Gerry Anderson's work."

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    Amen to that, brother! Watched all of that stuff as a kid - Stingray, Fireball-XL, Captain Scarlet. I own the DVD boxed sets of 'Captain Scarlet and the Mysterions' and his live action series 'UFO'. They both look beautiful on my HD big screen. 'UFO' is especially compelling when you watch the whole series: Straker's personal story arc is fascinating to watch, and Ed Bishop (who also voices Captain Blue in 'Scarlet') really nailed it. Great stuff.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Goddamn that looked awesome

    by MurderMostFowl

    I disagree about the dark crystal comments here... this is very forwardly and obviously set to be a live puppet tale. That is so fucking creative I can't believe it hasn't been done recently. It's basically showing the state of the art of live puppetry, and that looks amazing. They could have done this CGI, rotoscoped, or even puppetry with digital augmentation or live action but they didn't... they went with something else and that's awesome. This is showing us the ART of a puppet story.... and it rocks.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Two thoughts

    by viks

    1. This movie would probably be pretty good... if it weren't puppets. 2. That puppet looked so much like Elijah Wood, I recognized him before I read the cast.