HAPPYTIME MURDERS is a gruesome puppet murder mystery you might have seen before

Any fans of Angel out there? If so, you're familiar with the story of murderous children's puppets from "Smile Time" in Season 5. In that, villianous muppets for public television used the medium of "edutaintainment" to literally suck the lives and happiness out of unsuspecting children to gain enternal life.

In the upcoming feature, Brian Henson's (Jim Henson's son who is directing the project) THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS treads on similar territory to showcase the darker side of the brand.

The just released concept art is below. If you've seen the episode of Angel (one of my favorites during its run) then you'll definitely see a resemblance. However, since that show was anything but a ratings juggernaut it's safe to say that the majority of the population has been caught unawares.

According to Entertainment Weekly's blog Inside Movies, the just-released images shows disgraced ex-cop Phil Phillips. The film takes place in a world where puppets are acknowledged but are second class citizens to humans. Phil is searching for a serial killer who murdered his brother and is now targeting cast members of ’80s television show, The Happytime Gang. The catch? The clues to the killer’s identity begin to point back to Phil himself.

Not much is known about HAPPYTIME MURDERS, except that Katherine Heigl is set to star. This will be a much needed change from Heigl's normal repetoire of films. I can only hope that by adding muppets, her performance will become bearable.

No word yet on a release date for HAPPYTIME MURDERS.


Source Inside Movies


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Growing up in sunny San Fernando Valley (just 30 minutes from the bright lights of Los Angeles!), Kristal escaped the heat and blazing sun by hiding in movie theaters for days at a time. Well, not literally, but the truth is very close to that. Her love for movies is only eclipsed by her love for television and Harry Potter (see picture). With a soft spot for movies that fall into the “So Bad They’re Good” category, she regularly watches B-movies (THE BLOB), 80s comedies (EARTH GIRLS ARE EASY), and sci-fi from the 50s and 60s (THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL). She also refuses to grow up if that means she has to hide her love for Disney and Pixar films. And yet, her favorite movies of all time don’t fall into any of these categories (FIGHT CLUB, MOULIN ROUGE). Go ahead, ask her why! In her free time, she enjoys reading graphic novels or books that are soon to be turned into movies, watching hours and hours of television, and spending way too much time on Twitter.

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