As Guillermo Del Toro’s Victorian Horror Fest Is Unleashed Online Early, We Get Our First Glimpses Of The Cast, The House, and The Undead.
By Sarah Jayne Alexander
Just as we thought it was safe to wrap things up and get ready for the weekend, a gift from the movie gods lands in our laps, and boy, what a gift it is. Proof that not all Friday the 13th’s are bad news, Legendary and Universal Pictures have released this official first-look international trailer online and it is absolutely phenomenal. The film-due for cinematic release in October was kept under wraps more than most of the productions being film throughout 2014. Minus a few set pictures of Tom Hiddleston looking dapper in period costume, the actual storyline was neither here nor there. Guillermo Del Toro ( Pans Labyrinth/The Strain) only let slip early on during filming in Toronto that the premiss for his latest offering was going to be a Dark Gothic Romantic Horror which would take him back to the genre of some of his most loved films (The Devils Backbone/Mimic/MaMa) and make us wish it would hurry up and be Halloween season already.
You can check out the creepy new teaser trailer here:
Crimson Peak is set in 19th Century Cumbria, England and follows the story of young British Author Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikiwska) who after suffering a family bereavement is swept up by the charming and mysterious Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston) and ends up moving to his extremely large family home (which looks like a set from Universals Halloween Horror Nights) after their marriage. The house is also inhabited by her new husband’s eccentric sister- Lady Lucille Sharpe (Jessica Chastain) whom she only meets upon arriving. As you do….
It becomes apparent quite quickly that she has made a monumental mistake as things begin to go a little more than bump in the night (see creature crawling up out of the floor) and everything that seemed strange to begin with,actually is. Dr. Alan McMichael (Charlie Hunnam) is a quiet, thoughtful, average guy who is also in love with Edith and wants to take her away from the house and its creepy guests but as these things (tend) to play out, we’re pretty sure its not going to happen without a fight from the opposing siblings.
Del Toro who wrote, produced and directed Crimson Peak labelled the film as primarily a “Ghost story and Gothic Romance” and described it as “a very set-oriented, classical but at the same time modern take on the old fashioned ghost story” adding that it would allow him to play with the genres’ conventions while subverting their rules- “I think people are getting used to horror subjects done as found footage or B-value budgets. I wanted this to feel like a throwback with the mansion, period costume and overall look of the characters” We are totally getting that from the small amount of footage shown in today’s teaser and as it is only a teaser we’re expecting a full length trailer to follow in the coming weeks. SO.MUCH.EXCITEMENT.
Guillermo Del Toro is currently working on ‘Pacific Rim 2’ due for release in 2017 and the second season of his TV show ‘The Strain’
What are your initial thoughts after watching the first Crimson Peak teaser? Let us know in your comments and tweets!
Crimson Peak will open in cinemas on October 16th 2015.