This is a first; a film (albeit a short one at 15 minutes) that has elements of horror displayed with steampunk Victorian-era infused with sci-fi. Or at least that’s what it looks like to me, I haven’t seen it yet. Only this trailer and review.
The 15-minute short film The Mechanical Grave is already playing at steampunk and comic conventions around the country, and audiences are heralding it as “the best realization of steampunk yet seen in movie format.” DVDs of The Mechanical Grave are now available exclusively through Highland Myst online.
The year is 1895. Steam-powered ships fly through the air. Clockwork robots have replaced servants. And a grisly murder has taken place in the dark night of New York City. Called to the scene of the ritualistic murder, newly appointed police commissioner Teddy Roosevelt discovers Detective Wayne and his police officers power usurped by two special investigators appointed by the White House: occultist Edgar Allan Poe, a clockwork automaton housing the soul of the literary legend, and Mrs. Emma Entwistle, a dangerous assassin with a unique connection to the Otherworld. When they elicit information from the demon Neshrew, a much darker and more dangerous plot of world domination is uncovered.
Welcome to the world of The Mechanical Grave. Steeped in the popular steampunk and horror genres, the story paints an alternative history of the Victorian Era world. Founded in the science fiction of steampunk grandfathers Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, The Mechanical Grave is an exciting adventure filled with robots, assassins, steam and clockwork powered inventions, magicians, demons, supernatural beings, and a life in which magic is very real, although taboo.
Directed by twelve-year genre veteran Jon Keeyes (American Nightmare, Living & Dying) and written by Charles Burnley (Yankee Rose), The Mechanical Grave was filmed in Dallas, Texas, through the producing collaboration of Wolfclan Productions’ Matthew Tompkins and Highland Myst Entertainment’s Jon Keeyes.
The Mechanical Grave stars Nicole Leigh (Karma Police, Home Run) as Mrs. Emma Louise Entwistle, head of the White House’s supernatural secret service known as The Office of Esoteric Sciences (The OES), along with Jonathan Brooks (Phobia, Spilt Milk) as Edgar Allan Poe, an automaton housing the famous poet’s soul and now working for The OES as an expert occultist. Joining them are two dynamic veteran actors. Matt Stephen Tompkins (Missionary Man, Killing Down) stars as Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt, who discovers he holds some magical secret unknown even to himself, and Michael Crabtree (Temple Grandin, Tender Mercies) as the cynical Detective Wayne, who wants nothing more than to find another honest cop in New York City. Last but not least, Charles Baker – a series regular on the popular TV hit “Breaking Bad” – appears as the smarmy demon and deliciously evil Neshrew.
You can buy it for $12 (yikes- $12 for 15 minutes) here: