Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming ‘Crimson Peak‘ has been a little light on details so far and a new interview has aimed to change that. If you’ve been dying to know more about the film and what it will be about, then we have you covered!
The movie is a gothic horror piece that will be a far cry from the big budget ‘Pacific Rim’ in style and will clearly borrow from what he’s done in his earlier works. The film is set to star Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam in the lead roles.
First, here’s the official synopsis of the film so you’ll have a clue as to what I’m talking about!
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 and remembers.
Horror, del Toro, and a movie about an author? I am all over this one already!
So what are some key pieces about the film we’re going to be seeing? Well for one, del Toro wants the film to be rated R and believes it will be due to the content being “kinky and violent.” Also, it is a personal piece for him and one he’s wanted to put together due to his love of Gothic romances. He actually wrote the screenplay for this in 2006 so it’s been on his back burner for 8 years! For the actors, he also wrote each of them a 10-page character biography that they were to memorize and use as a reference to how they should portray their characters.
On the look of the film, for the special effects side of things they went an interesting route and used traditional camera tricks and actors as ghosts as he didn’t want to use CGI. Also. he wanted the final product to look like a Mario Bava Technicolor movie so we’re going to be getting an older feel to what we see on screen. To help achieve this look, the house and everything in it was built specifically for the film.
Speaking of the look, del Toro wanted a gigantic chandelier to be used in the film. The studio told him it was going to cost too much but agreed when he offered to pay for half of it himself. I wonder if he got to keep the prop? Still, the majority of the effects for the film were practical over CGI. It is rather impressive to note that with practical effects they only had 68 days to film the movie while ‘Pacific Rim’ had 100 and ‘Hellboy’ had 135.
There is a lot more details out already about the making of the film and what you can expect to see from it but those are the highlights so far.
Are you looking forward to del Toro’s ‘Crimson Peak’? Do you think he works better in horror or big summer blockbusters along the lines of ‘Pacific Rim’? Share your thoughts below!