Guillermo del Toro hasn't directed a movie with proper R-Rated horror elements in nearly a decade, but that will change later this year with the upcoming Crimson Peak. The film takes place in 19th century England and stars Mia Wasikowska as Edith Cushing, a young woman who falls hard for a mysterious, handsome, fellow by the name of Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston).
Thomas thereafter brings Edith to his childhood home - a crumbling mansion "atop a mountain of blood-red clay" that has secrets that will forever haunt Edith, as the official Crimson Peak synopsis puts it. Jessica Chasten costars in del Toro's haunted house feature as Thomas' sister, Lady Lucille Sharpe, while Charlie Hunnam (fresh off collaborating with del Toro on Pacific Rim) rounds out the main cast as Dr. Alan McMichael: Edith's longtime friend, who is wary of the mysterious Sharpes from the get-go.
The first Crimson Peak trailer set the tone for del Toro's horror movie quite nicely, without revealing too much about the film's storyline/secrets at the same time. Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures have unveiled a second theatrical preview that, naturally, ends up being somewhat more revealing than its predecessor - but at the same time, avoids giving away any major plot points or details about the Crimson Peak narrative (which del Toro crafted alongside his longtime collaborator, Matthew Robbins (Don't Be Afraid of the Dark)).
We also have a new Crimson Peak motion poster (unveiled on the film's official Facebook page), which you can check out below:
Check out the new motion poster for #CrimsonPeak, and look for the new trailer tomorrow!
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Crimson Peak's story and characters were heavily informed by the Gothic literature penned by such touchstone authors as Emily Brontë (Wuthering Heights), Charlotte Brontë (Jane Eyre), and Ann Radcliffe (The Mysteries of Udolpho), as del Toro himself has happily admitted on numerous occasions in the past. However, an equally big (if not bigger) selling point of the film is the production design of the eponymous setting: a house where the hallways are haunted by some grotesque-looking specters and the very foundation of the building appears to be bleeding.
The past couple del Toro-helmed films released since Pan's Labyrinth (Hellboy II: The Golden Army and Pacific Rim) were overall well-received but definitely geek-friendly blockbusters. It's for related reasons that some of the filmmaker's fans have already begun referring to Crimson Peak as a return to form (of sorts) to the darkly adult and literary-minded fairy tales that del Toro made his name with - Spanish-language features like Pan's and The Devil's Backbone, which blended del Toro's strong world-building with more ambitious and high-art storytelling.
For our money, we're fans of both types of del Toro movies - and are just happy that Crimson Peak actually got made, unlike other projects he's worked on recently (cough, At the Mountains of Madness, cough). That del Toro's new film is a haunted house throwback with great visuals (and the promise of a genuinely creepy story), that's just icing on the cake.
Crimson Peak opens in U.S. theaters on October 16th, 2015.
Source: Universal Pictures/Legendary