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Alchemist and ghost hunter Victor Karloch (voiced by Christopher Lloyd)
has just received a package from an associate of his, William Merriwether
(Elijah Wood), who only recently tested Professor Marley's (Maurice
LaMarche) diving bell, which he had to abandon after an octopus attack,
which forced him to explore the ocean floor - that was littered with
sunken ships of all eras, complete with the rotten bodies of the sailors
that sunk with them. And suddenly, William faces what appears to be a
Knight Templar who hands him a
gift, a gift with which William ultimately turns to Victor Karloch -
not knowing what powers it might unleash ...
The Narrative of Victor Karloch is pretty much a triumph of
shadow puppetry, an artform rather neglected in this day and age of CGI
effects - but this film, a sort-of steampunk horror story, shows that with
great model work with attention to detail that also prove the pure joy of
creating them, one can still create great out-of-this-world worlds by
hand, worlds that really suck you in like vintage adventure novels (which
were more likely than not an inspiration for this), that really challenge
and inspire the imagination.
Now this one is definitely worth a watch, and the only complaint I have
is that it seems like the first act of a bigger story - and I want to see
the rest of it!!!
By the way, you can check out the whole Handmade Puppet Dreams-series
https://www.amazon.com/v/handmadepuppetdreams - and for the