The gothic period horror film is directed by “Pan’s Labyrinth” director Guillermo del Toro, the Spanish master of horror. After directing a non-horror movie (“Pacific Rim”) in 2013, the director is creeping back to his Spanish horror roots through “Crimson Peak”, a film he co-wrote with Matthew Robbins and Lucina Coxon. It is produced by Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Callum Greene, and himself while Jillian Share executive produces. Sexual and violent content are expected as it is a character-driven film that has been rated R.
“Crimson Peak” was labelled by Empire Magazine as one of the films to watch in 2015. According to Empire Magazine, Mia Wasikowska is a young woman who falls in love with Sir Thomas Sharpe, a mysterious yet charismatic suitor (played by Tom Hiddleston) and is taken back to his ancestral home. However, it is from there that she discovers more about her husband, including his jealous sister (played by Jessica Chastain) and “more than a few skeletons in the closet”.
The official synopsis is as follows:
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.
It was revealed that Benedict Cumberbatch was originally sought for Tom Hiddleston’s role but eventually dropped out of the production. “Interstellar” actress Jessica Chastain stars in the film as Lady Lucille Sharpe, the sister to Sir Thomas Sharpe while Charlie Hunnam plays Edith Cushing’s childhood friend, Dr. Alan McMichael.
Co-produced by Legendary Picture and Universal Pictures, “Crimson Peak” is slated for release on 16th Oct 2015.