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I’ll tell you what, it’s been a long time coming. Say what you will about past mainstream Guillermo Del Toro projects, they were never shy of a decent helping of publicity. But when it comes to his latest project Crimson Peak, we’ve has very little to go on apart from a few set photos. Now Apple has been kind enough to release an official trailer for the classical ghost story, and suddenly the level of media quiet makes a lot more sense. Despite this being a classic Del Toro tour of wild imaginative horror, it certainly looks to be a quieter, more emotional sort of film in places. Hopefully the balance will play out well in the story of a newly-wed girl moving into the grand, foreboding house of her new husband and his sister. But why am I telling you? Have a look for yourself, courtesy of Apple:
It seems a little premature to start calling Crimson Peak Del Toro’s masterpiece, but there looks to be a strong enough sinister streak to make this a worthy addition to his canon. Written collectively by Del Toro, Matthew Robbins and Lucina Coxon, the film stars Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Charlie Hunnam and Tom Hiddleston.
Will you be making the climb to Crimson Peak?
Honestly, I was hoping that Guillermo Del Toro would go the whole hog with the marketing campaign for his latest horror flick Crimson Peak and do it just like Pacific Rim. We’d see huge posters draped across buildings with Tom Hiddleston on them looking Victorian and grumpy, team-based websites, action figures, all that jazz. But I guess that Crimson Peak is going to be a different sort of thing to Pacific Rim. Ah well, I suppose it might still be good.
The most we’ve seen officially of Del Toro’s latest, based around a tawdry courtship between Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska and a ghostly gothic manor, is a shot of the stately emblem and a look at Jessica Chastain as Hiddleston’s jealous sibling. Now we have an official shot of Hiddletson looking dapper in what appears to be the foyer of his ancestral home. Take a look, courtesy of Screen Crush:
This all looks to be a return to a familiar groove for Del Toro. The house has a lot of distinct echoes from his earlier work and looks positively magical already. Hiddleston is definitely going for a Mr Rochester style character, a handsome, older bachelor with some grim secrets of his own. Hopefully the film won’t hug that Jane Eyre plot too tightly, but with Del Toro I doubt that will be a problem.
The film is written by del Toro and Matthew Robbins and stars Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam. This project has all the potential to be a commercially viable gothic return-to-form, but with an October 16 release we’llhave a hell of a long time to wait for it.