Oh My Goth: Crimson Peak Trailer Delivers The Goods

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There’s fantastic news for fans of Hammer horror and good, old-fashioned gothic haunted house films: Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak creeps into theaters in October.

When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay: a place filled with secrets that will haunt her forever. Between desire and darkness, between mystery and madness, lies the truth behind Crimson Peak.

From the imagination of director Guillermo del Toro comes a supernatural mystery starring Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Charlie Hunnam.

I can scarcely imagine a better cast! Tom Hiddleston was exquisite as emo vampire Adam in 2013’s Only Lovers Left Alive, and Mia Wasikowska brought brooding heroine beauty to her portrayal of Jane Eyre in 2011. Jessica Chastain has her own haunted history, having starred in 2013’s Mama, while Charlie Hunnam certainly proved his worth in del Toro’s Pacific Rim.

Del Toro knows how to make beautiful, emotionally engaging, and frequently frightening films, as Cronos, The Devil’s Backbone, and Pan’s Labyrinth have all revealed. At this year’s Comic Con, del Toro talked about his inspirations for Crimson Peak. “I wanted to create a really classical, lush, lavish gothic romance that hasn’t been done for a while,” he explained. “It’s a female-centric movie that has strong protagonists.”

Watching the trailer I thought about Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Dracula, and even Bluebeard. It’s beautiful, atmospheric, grand, and breathtaking in that swoony, tormented romance kind of way. The creatures, the costumes, the hair, the house, the looming sense of dread, Tom Hiddleston crawling over Mia Wasikowska in bed… ahem.

It not a surprise to learn that del Toro was also adamant about his desire for being “earnest” in a recent interview with Collider about the film, but it is delightful news. Instead of being ironic or making fun of things, del Toro would rather subvert the themes of Gothic romance, disclosing that while Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca all informed Crimson Peak, it was the book forms of those stories that found their way into the film, not the movie adaptations.

Crimson Peak looks like the perfect film to celebrate fall and the best holiday of the year, Halloween. It opens on October 16.

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