Tim Burton's latest film, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, continues his trademark dark, gothic and eccentric style. [Photo / China Daily]
Monsters feeding on human eyeballs? If a child has a father like Tim Burton, that may be the bedtime story.
Scary but interesting－that's how Hollywood's "King of Quirk" defines the scene that the director features in his latest film, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.
"I always find poetic and emotional moments in horror films," Burton says on the Beijing stop of the film's promotional tour. The film will open on the Chinese mainland on Dec 2－about six weeks later than the US release.
From Edward Scissorhands and Planet of the Apes to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the prestigious auteur is known in Hollywood as a master of dark, gothic and eccentric hits, and the new film continues his trademark style.
For fantasy-film fans, the visual feast has already won acclaim from overseas viewers. The movie site IMDb.com gives the film 7 points out of 10.
The movie is adapted from US author Ransom Riggs' debut novel of the same name, which ruled The New York Times' children's chapter list in 2012.
Something of a young-adult version of X-Men, the 127-minute film centers on a teenager who stumbles upon a group of children possessing paranormal abilities on a Welsh island in 1943. The boy helps his new friends to fight against eyeball-eating demons.
Again relying on his extraordinary imagination, Burton visualizes the fantastic settings in the novel on the big screen.
In a trailer tailored for the Chinese market, viewers can watch Miss Peregrine, the title role who protects the children from monster-eating demons, transform into a bird; a teenager lighter than air float on top of a tree; and a young girl eat chicken using teeth in the back of her head.