One of Fall 2015’s titles to watch for is, no doubt, Crimson Peak, which is Pan’s Labyrinth and Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro’s blend of Gothic romance and supernatural horror. The film takes place in 19th century England and stars Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, Stoker) as a young author who marries a mysterious man (Tom Hiddleston) and goes to live with both him and his sister (Jessica Chastain) in their crumbling mansion. Turns out, that may’ve not been a great idea…
Crimson Peak also reunites del Toro with Pacific Rim co-lead Charlie Hunnam, with the latter playing the longtime friend of Edith Cushing (Wasikowska), who is wary of Edith’s choice in husband. However, it’s the twisted (love?) triangle formed between Edith, Thomas Sharpe (Hiddleston), and Lucille Sharpe (Chastain) that lies at the heart of a story that’s as heavy on symbolism and subtextual meaning as the eponymous mansion, where the Sharpes reside.
Hiddleston, speaking in the new Crimson Peak featurette (which you can watch above), notes that the movie is about “the disintegration of the triangle” between Edith and the Sharpes, as dark secrets are revealed and the ghosts of the past (literally) threaten to destroy the blossoming love between Thomas and Edith. The Crimson Peak estate itself is essentially the fourth main character in the film (as the cast and del Toro note in said featurette), and recently del Toro once again described the building as being akin to a butterfly-killing jar, when he spoke to TIME (see below):
The house in Crimson Peak is just basically a killing jar for butterflies: It has no intention to suffocate the butterfly, but it will. It doesn’t enjoy life, but it’s not an evil place. It’s just a place where sorrow and loss and pain and many, many dark things have happened. But it doesn’t have that evil quality of the house [in] Shirley Jackson’s Hill House or the house in The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. It doesn’t have that sentient quality.
As a storyteller, del Toro is renowned for his talents at crafting richly-detailed settings, and that won’t change with Crimson Peak, judging by the trailer footage for the movie. Meanwhile, those who’ve been waiting for del Toro to return to his roots in dark fairy tales – now that he has spent much of the past decade working on comic book adaptations (Hellboy II: The Golden Army) and/or genre films and TV shows (Pacific Rim, The Strain) – shouldn’t be disappointed by Crimson Peak‘s unconventional love story either, if looks are anything to judge by here.
The Crimson Peak script was penned by del Toro and Matthew Robbins (Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark), with Lucinda Coxon (The Danish Girl) going uncredited for her script revision work. It will be interesting to see if the narrative that those three have put together matches the quality of the film’s production design, while also providing as much thematic substance as del Toro’s most widely-acclaimed work to date (see: Pan’s Labyrinth, The Devil’s Backbone).
Crimson Peak opens in U.S. theaters on October 16th, 2015.
Source: Legendary Pictures
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