The official theatrical trailer for Crimson Peak was recently released and it marks Guillermo del Toro's return to the creepy gothic nightmare territory of Pan's Labyrinth and Devil's Backbone. While he's proven with Pacific Rim that he can handle gigantic monsters and robots punching each other other in the face, Guillermo del Toro feels most at home when he's dealing with the spooky atmosphere and things that go bump in the night - even if those things are being hunted down by a big red guy named Hellboy. There's no BPRD team helping out Mia Wasikowska in this trailer, just Tom Hiddleston with questionable intentions and a sinister looking Jessica Chastain.
While it's still disappointing to me that Legendary Pictures passed on Guillermo del Toro's adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness, it is great to see the director back in the land of ghosts, boogeymen and the the thing that hangs out underneath your bed. The new trailer shows off all his best traits and it is awe inspiring to see the masterful level of attention to detail that he can give the inside of a spooky mansion.
Guillermo del Toro Returns to His Horror Roots
It is hard to resist the charm of Tom Hiddleston, I think we can all agree and sympathize with Mia Wasikowska as she gets lured into the ancient home of Hiddleston's Sir Thomas Sharpe - which he shares with his sister, Jessica Chastain's Lady Lucille Sharpe. The trailer is still more of a teaser - only hinting at what might be going on with these suspicious siblings and what they may or may not want with Wasikowska's Edith Cushing. Is she some sacrifice to the ghosts with their unresolved issues? What is up with this house?
A Crimson Peak for Stephen King
Wasikowska's character is an aspiring writer who accepts the offer to the mansion against the better judgement of her childhood friend and love interest, Charlie Hunnam's Dr. Alan McMichael. Here's hoping this isn't the kind of movie that ends up with the Pacific Rim actor coming to rescue the damsel in distress - and I have a pretty good feeling that Guillermo del Toro wouldn't go to such predictable ends. But the writer getting wrapped up in a supernatural mystery angle might have something to do with the accolades that Stephen King is giving the movie, calling it, "gorgeous and just f***ing terrifying".
What is predictable is that Guillermo del Toro would find a role for his good luck charm Doug Jones - and who wants to place a bet that the super creepy shot of that black skeleton-like hand creeping around the terrified girl isn't the hand of the guy who played Abe Sapien and Pan's Labyrinth's Pale Man? You know it is. And you know that Crimson Peak is looking like it'll be the movie that will leave you wanting to keep the lights on in the bedroom for a couple nights afterwards. If you're a fan of the kind of gothic horror that del Toro made his name on, this is one of the most anticipated movies of the year.
What do you think? Are you looking forward to Guillermo del Toro's return to his horror roots? Are you more excited about the prospect of Pacific Rim 2? Which side of Guillermo del Toro do you like better? Take to the comments, dear reader!