Guillermo del Toro is a geek favorite and each of his films reach semi-cult status with that group of fans, even though they might not be super successful at the box office. He’s the type of director who is very ambitious and often has his plate full of potential projects, many of which never see the light of day. His latest, Crimson Peak, is sure to wow the crowd at the San Diego Comic Con later this month before it arrives in theaters in October.
According to the synopsis on Screen Rant, “Crimson Peak is a 19th century-set, Bluebeard-esque, dark fairy tale that features Mia Wasikowska (Stoker) in the role of Edith Cushing, a young author who agrees to marry the handsome, mysterious, Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston), only to soon realize that her husband is keeping some dark (not to mention, quite dangerous) secrets from her.” The first trailer, seen below, makes the film appear to be a haunted house movie, but del Toro insists that it’s different. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, del Toro described the movie, and more specifically the house at the center of it, in the following way and how he wanted to differentiate it from typical Gothic or period portrayals of old, frightening homes:
“The house is a rotting representation of the family that has inhabited it — it’s like a cage, a killing jar that you use to kill butterflies. The house basically is a sinister, sinister trap.”
“Normally when people address this period, they go for desaturated colors, steel gray, steel blue, or sepia. They are trying to evoke old photographs or silver tinting. I didn’t want that. I wanted the movie to feel lush.”
Similarly, he also played with the typical Gothic horror/romance convention by having the marriage take place much earlier in the movie.
“[Usually] the marriage is sort of the climax or the high point of a story. I tried on Crimson to say that the horror starts after the marriage. This girl wakes up in a strange place, not her own home, not her own bed, and she little by little realizes that she knows less about the man she married than one would expect. The curious thing is the love story really starts when they acknowledge that darkness.”
Guillermo Del Toro (Pacific Rim, Pan’s Labyrinth) co-wrote the screenplay with Matthew Robbins and Lucinda Coxon. Crimson Peak stars Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam, Burn Gorman, Jim Beaver, Leslie Hope and Doug Jones. The movie arrives in theaters in the US October 16. Check out the trailer below.