If any of you read my “Most Anticipated Movies of 2015” article from a couple of weeks ago, you’ll remember my number one choice was a ghost story with gothic charms called Crimson Peak. Now, the Guillermo Del Toro flick has dropped its first trailer, and man oh man do we have a gem on our creepy little hands.
At first glance, it is easy to see that Guillermo is back in full force. As much as Pacific Rim was a treat in many respects, this is the classic Del Toro we’ve grown to love. He clearly is in his element here, creating a new spooky tale of both romance and danger. With hints of Rebecca and even Flowers in the Attic, Crimson Peak references an incredible amount of famous tales, and yet brings new angles to ghost stories of the past.
Here cinematographer Dan Laustsen is working some cinematic magic, showing all his talents here. The set design by Jeffrey A. Melvin and Shane Vieau also adds to the creepy nature of the piece, and leaves many of us questioning the history of this particular estate.
Another big question in regards to this current batch of scenes is Jessica Chastain’s role. Coming off like a more sexy rendition of Rebecca‘s Mrs. Danvers, Chastain’s character clearly has an agenda, one that might involve some jealously about her brother’s recent marriage. And the creepy realness Jessica is portraying here is just brilliant, showing a new side of the actress we haven’t seen much of before.
And if you’re a Tom Hiddleston fan (like this writer is), then you’ll be happy.
No seriously, trust me…..
……You’ll be happy. #takethatChristianGrey
But, of course, the real star of this trailer is Mia Wasikowska. In most films starring this haunting beauty, I am never really rooting for her. She’s often typecast as “the creepy Victorian girl” in many of her past projects, which I feel she is given more for her visual appeal rather than her acting chops. But finally, Mia is given the perfect role that works to her strengths, and probably, will allow me to really become a fan of hers.
Also, did anyone happen to catch the song playing in the trailer? It’s a cover of “Red Right Hand”, which, if you know your Del Toro knowledge, was used in the first Hellboy film. Connective thread or just fun fan Easter Egg? Who knows.
And finally, let’s play my favorite Del Toro related game: Which Monster is Doug Jones Playing? If you’re a Del Toro fanatic, you know that in the majority of his films, Doug has played at least one of the creatures shown in the story. From what I can see in the shots shown, he most likely might have done some motion capture work for the monster that is crawling out the floor in the hallway, and the one that touches Mia’s shoulder near the end. But will this be Mr. Jones only role in the film? Curious minds are indeed curious.
Overall, this is an excellent trailer. Edited to perfection, showing just the right amount of the plot without giving too much away, we definitely have another Del Toro classic on our hands. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go turn a light on…. it’s getting a little spooky in here.
So what did you think of the Crimson Peak trailer? Comment below with your thoughts and feels. Cause trust me, I’m sure you’ve got some.