Just when we thought Ransom Riggs’ best-selling novel, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, couldn’t get any more peculiar, award-winning director Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) got his hands on it and turned it into the stuff dreams are made of—or should we say nightmares? We recently attended a sneak peek screening of the movie adaptation and can officially confirm that it’s everything and more than we imagined while devouring the book! Here’s what you should know before you hit the theaters this weekend:

1. Tim Burton = genius. We can think of no one better than the mysterious and eccentric Tim Burton to direct a movie about mythical monsters, levitating children and time loops.

2. Ransom rules. As with most movie adaptations, there are a few differences here and there, but for the most part, this movie is exactly what Ransom put into writing. No crazy discrepancies here!

3. We <3 Ella Purnell and Asa Butterfield. These two were made to play main characters Emma and Jake, and their chemistry is undeniable. Can you say #relationshipgoals?

4. 3D makes everything better! When a movie has as many larger-than-life, fantastical elements as Miss Peregrine’s, watching it in 3D like we did is a must.

5. Haven’t read the book? No prob. While we highly recommend it for obvious reasons, you don’t have to have read it before you see the movie.

Be sure to check it out yourself when it hits theaters this Friday, Sept. 30!