Film: Crimson Peak
After quite sometime away from the genre in which he made his name, in 2015, we have the next thrilling chapter of mystery and intrigue from acclaimed fantasy/horror auteur: Guillermo del Toro. Set in 19th century Cumbria, Crimson Peak encapsulates a strategically uniform plotline, that will undoubtedly unfold into an outpouring of twists and turns as the relationship of the two lead characters is tested to breaking point. While it is often described as a ‘classic gothic romance’, del Toro himself has always moved to quash that emerging preconception of the film, suggesting that while that is one of the key generic elements of the film’s narrative, he intends to accentuate the contrast by employing more than enough gore and violence to quell any horror fan’s appetite. When hearing the word ‘gothic’ in terms of a horror film, one might be drawn think of something like Henry James’ The Turn Of The Screw, however with Crimson Peak, that appears to merely be a reference to the crumbling old mansion that acts as the film’s centerpiece. We are as good as assured – if recent interviews are to be trusted – that as haunted house pictures go, this will have far more in common with legendary productions like Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining – referred to as the ‘Mount Everest of the haunted house movies’ by del Toro himself’. The film stars Mia Wasikowska (Alice In Wonderland) and Tom Hiddleston (Thor & The Avengers) as the antecedent newlywed couple: Edith Cushing – a young author – and Sir Thomas Sharpe – sparsely described as ‘a charming hero with a mysterious past.’ A past that Charlie Hunnam’s (Sons Of Anarchy, Pacific Rim) character, Dr. Alan McMichael – a shy, learned childhood friend of Edith (whom he is hopelessly in love with) – will presumably look to uncover and exploit to its bitter end. Other supporting & main cast members include Jessica Chastain (Interstellar, The Help) as Sir Thomas’ sister, Lady Lucille, Leslie Hope (24) as Dr. McMichael’s mother and Burn Gorman (Torchwood) as a minor character named Holly.
Crimson Peak will be released from 16th October 2015 | Words by Alex Graham