Sunday, August 21, 2005

This fall promises not one, but two films to influence a new generation of goth kiddies:

From writer Neil Gaiman, designer/director Dave McKean, and Jim Henson Productions, Mirror Mask hits theaters September 30th.

MirrorMask is the story of Helena, a fifteen-year-old girl working for her family circus, who wishes-quite ironically-that she could run away from the circus and join real life. But such is not to be the case, as she finds herself on a strange journey into the Dark Lands, a fantastic landscape filled with giants, Monkeybirds and dangerous sphinxes. Helena searches for the Mirrormask, an object of enormous power that is her only hope of escaping the Dark Lands, waking the Queen of Light and returning home.

Word has it that McKean spent 18 months in post-production with a crew of only 17 grad students and spent a mere four million dollars making the film. Unbelievable for a Hollywood feature dripping with so much pure eye candy.

Tim Burton's second stop-motion feature length film Corpse Bride arrives Sptember 23rd and stars the voices of [surprise!] Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter.

Corpse Bride carries on in the dark, romantic tradition of Burton's classic films Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas. Set in a 19th century European village, this stop-motion, animated feature follows the story of Victor (Depp), a young man who is whisked away to the underworld and wed to a mysterious Corpse Bride (Bonham-Carter), while his real bride, Victoria (Watson), waits bereft in the land of the living. Though life in the Land of the Dead proves to be a lot more colorful than his strict Victorian upbringing, Victor learns that there is nothing in this world, or the next, that can keep him away from his one true love. It's a tale of optimism, romance and a very lively afterlife, told in classic Tim Burton style.

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