The Mechanical Grave (2012) is a short steampunk film directed by Jon Keeyes and written by Charles Burnley and Jon Keeyes for Highland Myst Entertainment and Wolfclan Productions. Starring Jonathan Brooks as “Edgar Allan Poe”, Nicole Leigh as “Mrs. Emma Louise Entwistle”, Matthew Tompkins as “Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt”, Michael Crabtree as “Detective Wayne”, and Charles Baker as “the demon Neshrew”.
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 of a young woman, 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.
Girls, guns or zombies? Steampunk girls, guns and clockwork automatons!
Not rated. 15 minutes. Watch the teaser trailer here …
My thoughts… The Mechanical Grave is a major steampunk success! The film is well-written and well-acted! The costumes are well-designed, too, particularly Mrs. Entwistle’s elegant Gothic-Victorian dress with a top hat and goggles for added steampunk chic! Rent or buy this film! It’s worth it!
Read my original post on MHE (here).