Crimson Peak ‘Shockingly Different’ for Guillermo del Toro


In the midst of the whirlwind Pacific Rim press tour and the prep work he’s doing for “The Strain,” Guillermo del Toro is currently in early pre-production for Crimson Peak for Legendary Pictures. Shooting doesn’t begin until February 2014, but a cast is already in place. Charlie Hunnam, Mia Wasikowska, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jessica Chastain will star.

“‘Crimson Peak’ is a much, much, much smaller movie, completely character-driven,” Del Toro told “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.”

“The thing I do in those movies is recontextualization, take a movie and then move it into a completely different place,” he added. “Like a Gothic and then move it into the Spanish Civil War [‘The Devil’s Backbone’]. This is a Gothic romance, haunted house, in the north of England.”

And how is the house of Crimson Peak looking? “The house is looking great. We started scouting two months ago and are deep into the design and it looks fabulous. Obviously, I’m going to buy a lot of the props,” Del Toro laughed.

Tonally, Del Toro said Crimson Peak “has moments that are very visceral, physical violence. You’re in this sort of sedate romance and then there is this brutal moment where you’re like, “Whoa!” And it has a lot of kinky moments. The only kinky moment I’ve ever shot is the leg f**k in ‘The Devil’s Backbone.’ [laughs] This has a little more kinkiness than that.”

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