The first trailer for Guillermo Del Toro's latest horror project, Crimson Peak, hints that this Halloween's horror movie season might just be the most petrifying yet.
Starring Tom Hiddleston, who played Loki in Marvel's The Avengers, alongside Charlie Hunnam and Mia Wasikowska, the film tells the story of a Victorian-era woman who falls for a stranger and moves into his sprawling mansion. Only she soon discovers that both he and the house are not all what they seem.
Del Toro, known for the horror cult classic Pan's Labyrinth, makes his reappearance on the scare scene after taking time out to helm the fantasy/sci-fi movies Hellboy and Pacific Rim.
The trailer opens up to snow, serenity and a river of crimson-colored blood. A knife wielding Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska), a young author who falls in love with a mysterious man, seems to be stalked by an unseen presence.
"Ghosts are real... this much I know," she says as PJ Harvey's haunting piano rendition of Nick Cave's Red Right Hand plays in the background.
Things then take a step back, suggesting the opening scene appears towards the end of the movie.
We're teased with the visceral scene of blood and horror, only to be thrust back to where it all began: this creepy castle-like mansion...
We can't garner too much about the plot from the trailer, but there are one or two flickers that suggest we're in for a few shocks. This brief scene of a demonic-looking creature in the bath tub, for example...
The trailer climaxes with a falling (perhaps flying?) lady dressed all in white, before the long-fingered demon from the bath tub reappears placing a hand on Edith's shoulder. It's enough to make your skin crawl...
According to various media reports, Hiddleston stars as Sir Thomas Sharpe, Edith's husband, who is described as a "charming hero with a mysterious past."
Throughout the trailer we see him exchange ice cold glances with Dr. Alan McMichael, played by co-star Charlie Hunnan, perhaps suggesting the pair to be love rivals. Indeed on the movie's wikipedia page, the character of Dr. McMichael is described as "quiet, shy, thoughtful kind of stoic, taciturn, very learned guy who is madly in love with the female hero."
Read more below, but first, watch the full trailer for [Crimson Peak](movie:774042):
While Crimson Peak may look like a typical gothic romance, director Del Toro has promised there will be lots of action. In a recent interview with Shock Till You Drop, he said,
“[Crimson Peak] has moments that are very visceral, physical violence. You’re in this sort of sedate romance and then there is this brutal moment where you’re like, “Whoa!” And it has a lot of kinky moments."
"It’s an adult movie, an R-rated movie, pretty adult. Shockingly different from anything I’ve done in the English language. Normally, when I go to do a movie in America for the spectacle and younger audience, for Blade or whatever. This movie’s tone is scary and it’s the first time I get to do a movie more akin to what I do in the Spanish movies."
I don't know about you but I can't wait for this! Del Toro's work is always breathtakingly good; his unique style combined with this plot and cast will surely be a match made in heaven.
Is Crimson Peak the next horror classic we've all been waiting years for?
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