First Trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s CRIMSON PEAK

I'm not necessarily a fan of Guillermo del Toro’s, but I certainly don't dislike what he has built and what he has going on. He is a director of a distinct flavor more than style and has used his power to bring wider audiences to the likes of solid horror flicks such as The Orphanage and Mama. In his own creations he has delivered the likes of Hellboy and its under appreciated sequel while consistently capitalizing on the artistic and critical success that was Pan's Labyrinth. As I seemed to be in the minority on Pacific Rim (fine, but not amazing) I found myself feeling on the outside of understanding what made del Toro singular in his approach that made his film worth celebrating more than those delivered by the likes of Shawn Levy or Michael Bay. I realize there is more of an artistry to the way del Toro looks at the detail and pulls meaning from his creature designs and shot choices, but I've never seen him as something of the auteur he has been credited with. If he is to prove me wrong though it looks as if he might do so with his latest, Crimson Peak. Visually, the film looks breathtaking and is a teaser in the true sense it doesn't give away much of the story, but only hints at certain dynamics. For not already being sold on the combination of director/star/concept I actually found the clip extremely enticing and look forward to what the film has to offer with the thought of not watching any further marketing items in hopes of making the experience of actually seeing the film all the more thrilling. As excited as I am to see the likes of Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain and Tom Hiddleston in a movie at all it does feel like somewhat predictable casting. Being as great as each of them are though I'm anxious to see them flourish with this material. Crimson Peak also stars Charlie Hunnam, Doug Jones, Burn Gorman and opens on October 16th.

Synopsis: Legendary Pictures’ CRIMSON PEAK, a co-production with Universal Pictures, is a haunting gothic horror story directed by the master of dark fairy tales, Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy series, Pacific Rim), written by del Toro and Matthew Robbins and starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam. In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds…and remembers. Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, del Toro and Callum Greene produce, and Jillian Share executive produces.

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