Beware of Crimson Peak! Written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, Crimson Peak might be said to be a classic horror movie about a haunted mansion, with everything that follows this (overused) setting. And, by all means, everything seems to suggest that. But can Del Torro put a new twist on the haunted house genre? Well yeah, I mean Charlie Hunnam from Sons of Anarchy is in the movie, so you know he’ll kick some ass, somehow…
Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) moves with her new husband, Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston), to his house in the rural England, after a tragic event in her family. However, she is torn inside not just by the recent events, but also between her feelings towards a childhood friend and her newfound love.
As said, this seems to be the classic horror story, especially because the official synopsis also mentions that the new house itself breathes, bleeds, and remembers. You have the tragic event in the main protagonist’s family, you have the love triangle, and you have the supposedly haunted house. What more proof should there be that this is the typical haunted house movie?
But even if it is so, this is no reason at all to miss Crimson Peak when it will be released (which is on the 16th of October 2015). Guillermo del Toro has proved time and time again that he can do wonders with the most ridiculous concepts. And the most recent one is, obviously, Pacific Rim (and the upcoming Pacific Rim 2)– giant robots fighting giant monsters (Hellboy falls into the same category and fans are still waiting for the final installment of this trilogy to happen).
And while the director’s storytelling (as far as the narrative and the depth of the ideas are concerned) might be considered flawed in such projects, he more than makes up with amazing visuals and an amazing atmosphere – whether it is just the attention to the special effects, whether it is the multitude of colors and nuances used in order to bring creatures to life and instill awe in the viewers, whether it is the thought and imagination put into the creation of the said creatures, his movies never failed to amaze.
Speaking about this particular movie, even he admitted that it is intended to be a classical take on horror stories, simply because the market has become oversaturated with found footage or B movie horrors. So this will indeed be a throwback to the times when jump scares weren’t such a fad and actually meant something.
In the end, everybody can agree that this is not just another haunted house horror with the necessary psychological twist. Besides the terrific atmosphere and the stunning visuals, besides the movie being R-rated already, quite a lot of talent has been amassed in order to make this film happen.
Thus, besides the leads Mia Wasikowska and Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain portrays Lady Lucille Sharpe (the sister), Charlie Hunnam is Dr. Alan McMichael (the childhood love), and Doug Jones appears in an unspecified role (given his track, he’ll most likely be one of the creatures in the film). Ron Perlman isn’t mentioned anywhere, so his mug will probably be missed.
Until now, the marketing campaign has unleashed 1 teaser trailer and 2 full trailers for Crimson Peak. And they are definitely worth the while, just like the movie itself.
Crimson Peak stars Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, and Charlie Hunnam. It is directed by the Guillermo del Toro and it will be released on the 16th of October 2015.
Crimson Peak takes a fair amount from The Amityville Horror, but that’s ok. We think Del Toro will give enough creative input to make this movie a hit, come Halloween.