Natalia Lusinski
March 05, 2016 9:02 am

Tim Burton’s upcoming Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children has everything a movie should have—fantasy, adventure, unusual family dynamics, romance and… creepy-looking characters. Of course, we should expect nothing less from the acclaimed director, who’s given us some of our fave movies ever, like Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, and The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Now, the first pictures from his latest film are here, and their creep factor—an “11” on a scale from 1-10—shouldn’t surprise any of us. Let’s just say that the twins from The Shining were nothing compared to the ones in Burton’s new flick, which includes actors such as Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris O’Dowd, and Dame Judi Dench.

  Butterfield plays 16-year-old Jake, who has nightmares after a family tragedy. His therapist suggests he goes overseas to find the abandoned orphanage where his late grandfather supposedly lived. (Just that idea alone gave us chills.) But it’s not a normal orphanage… it’s a magical, albeit spooky, place, aka Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, where the kids possess unusual powers.

Eva Green plays their guardian, a shape-shifter otherwise known as an ymbryne, and she protects them from hungry monsters. “She’s like a scary Mary Poppins, and she can turn into a bird,” Burton said.

  Dame Judi Dench is in the film, too, and plays Miss Avocet. “In the peculiar world, women are the protectors,” Burton said. “Miss Avocet is the head of another peculiar school. But, much like the bird in her name, she’s a bit more of a nervous, flighty energy than Miss Peregrine.”

Oh, and did we mention that time moves in an unreal way? No surprise, right?

And what would a fantasy-adventure be without romance?! Jake finds himself drawn to Emma (Ella Purnell). But the catch? In an earlier life, she had known Jake’s grandfather.

The movie is based on the 2011 novel by Ransom Riggs, and Jane Goldman wrote the screenplay. Riggs even had vintage photos in the book, some from flea markets. “They’re quite compelling,” Burton said. “They remind me of old horror movies, or dreams.”

The film is set to be in U.S. theaters on Sept. 30 and you can watch the trailer here. But don’t say we didn’t warn you… once you watch, just like Jake in the movie, it’ll be hard to get the characters out of your head.

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