Tim Burton has been a bit hit or miss in his later years (to say the least), but his latest film looks like it might possibly, hopefully be the closest thing to a return to form since Frankenweenie. A new featurette encourages that optimism by taking you inside the fantastical world of Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children — come for Eva Green, stay for charmingly creepy little kids in burlap sacks.

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children looks like Burton’s version of X-Men, which sort of makes sense since it does have a script by First Class scribe Jane Goldman. It basically looks like the inside of Tim Burton’s brain, or at least how I imagine it — with all that gothic whimsy, you might assume that he invented this world himself, but Burton’s new film is based on a book series by Ransom Riggs, who used beautiful and eerie vintage photographs to create an original narrative.

What he came up with serves as the basis for Burton’s film, which — as the title suggests — centers on a home for children with peculiar abilities. The outsiders live under the care of Miss Peregrine, who has created a “time loop” to protect them from encroaching enemies, essentially resetting the clock so they repeat the same day over and over again.

Here’s the official synopsis:

From visionary director Tim Burton, and based upon the best-selling novel, comes an unforgettable motion picture experience. When Jake discovers clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he uncovers a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realizes that safety is an illusion, and danger lurks in the form of powerful, hidden enemies. Jake must figure out who is real, who can be trusted, and who he really is.

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children stars Asa Butterfield, Chris O’Dowd, Samuel L. Jackson, Judi Dench, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Ella Purnell and Terence Stamp, and hits theaters on September 30.

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