To say Stephen King knows a thing or two about horror is not to go too far out along the proverbial limb. So genre fans may care to take note of the novelist’s highly positive review of Guillermo del Toro’s forthcoming film, Crimson Peak. “Was treated to a screening of Guillermo Del Toro’s new movie, Crimson Peak, this weekend,” King tweeted yesterday. “Gorgeous and just f–king terrifying.” In a subsequent tweet, he claimed that the film “electrified me in the same way Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead electrified me when I saw it back in the day.”
King’s son, and fellow horror scribe, Joe Hill has also weighed in on the film, tweeting that Crimson Tide is “Del Toro’s blood-soaked Age of Innocence, a gloriously sick waltz through Daphne Du Maurier territory.” Du Maurier was, of course, the writer responsible for penning the short stories upon which Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds and Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now were based.
Set for release in October, Crimson Peak stars Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, and Charlie Hunnam. According to the official synopsis, the film concerns a young woman who “when her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger 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.”
The first trailer for Crimson Peak is out, it’s set to be released on October 16th, 2015.:
Following up his biggest undertaking yet with Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro is going back to his horror-tinged roots with Crimson Peak, led by Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, and Charlie Hunnam. Hopefully the ideal Halloween treat, the gothic horror story follows an author who finds out her husband has some secrets — all set in a haunted house.
“Crimson Peak is a much, much, much smaller movie, completely character-driven,” del Toro tells STYD. “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.” Said to have moments that include “very visceral, physical violence,” get a peek below thanks to the debut of the first trailer, which shows off the film’s immaculate design and a hint of the story.
Legendary Pictures’ CRIMSON PEAK, a co-production with Universal Pictures, is a haunting gothic horror story directed by the master of dark fairy tales, Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy series, Pacific Rim), written by del Toro and Matthew Robbins and starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam. 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, bleeds…and remembers. Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, del Toro and Callum Greene produce, and Jillian Share executive produces.
Here’s the first still of Tom Hiddleston in the upcoming High Rise, released by Empire
Set in 1975, High-Rise documents the shocking breakdown of class and social structures within a brand-new high-tech London apartment building as its residents, including Laing, slowly give in to their more animalistic impulses, turning the building into a bacchanalian den of iniquity.
The movie, which has been taken to market in Berlin by Hanway Films, boasts an astonishing cast headed up by Hiddleston, along with the likes of Luke Evans as class warrior/documentarian Richard Wilder, Jeremy Irons as Anthony Royal, the building’s architect, Sienna Miller as Charlotte, Royal’s aide, and James Purefoy as upper-class nitwit, Pangbourne.
Wheatley, of course, is the director of the likes of Kill List, Sightseers and A Field In England, and his first film in almost two years (for him, that’s a Kubrickian hiatus) is cause for excitement all by itself. Add that cast, writer/editor Amy Jump and producer Jeremy Thomas into the mix, and the scene is set for an intense, claustrophobic and extraordinarily dark vision of humanity.
“The book makes as much sense now as it did then,” Wheatley told Empire when the movie, which was filmed last summer in Northern Ireland and will be released later this year by StudioCanal, was first announced back in 2013. “It was written in the ’70s, projecting itself into a near future, but we live in that future now. We’re almost in a new version of the ’70s.”
For another exclusive shot from the film, along with quotes from Hiddleston and Evans, make sure to pick up the next issue of Empire when it goes on sale on February 27.
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