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It was last September when we got the first word on Jon Keeyes’ The Mechanical Grave, and now the project is complete and ready for viewing at film festivals and conventions as well as on DVD. Check out the flick’s artwork, a photo gallery, and more info on Highland Myst Entertainment and Wolfclan Productions’ steampunk-horror extravaganza.

From the Press Release:
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.

“We rounded out the cast with Erin Marie Garrett as our Sacrificial Girl along with Trey Walpole, Chad Cox, James Cable, and Chuck Huber – all friends of ours and very accomplished actors,” says Keeyes. “And by many great fortunes, we had nearly twenty people from Airship Isabella, The Steampunk Illumination Society, The Celestial Rogues, Airship Nocturne, and The Mal De Ojo come out to fight and die as The Minions.”

Burnley gives a bit of background on the project, “Since the majority of steampunk is set in Britain, we wanted to do an American take on it. New York City seemed like an obvious locale. And the year, 1895, was brought about because we felt it would be a great thing to have Theodore Roosevelt as a character. Roosevelt was police commissioner in 1895 so that was why that year was chosen. It just so happens we picked an extraordinary time period. So many events were either happening or fate was moving in the directions to make them happen. That was pure luck that we’re happy to exploit.”

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Get your headphones ready, Warhammer fans because State of Decay and Darksiders 2 composer Jesper Kyd is back to score the upcoming Warhammer title Vermintide 2! The game will be coming to PC and consoles early this year.

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Three tracks from the score can be heard below.

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Starring Addison Timlin, Ian Nelson, Larry Fessenden

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From the Funko Blog:
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