Del Toro’s ‘Crimson Peak’ Promises Gothic Aesthetic and Horror

I can’t say how excited I am for this October release. Generally, in terms of my horror preferences, I’m not a huge follower of the “creature” genre, like gremlins, aliens, and weird things of that sort. However, I do have a liking for Guillermo del Toro’s work. ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,’ was about evil fairy monsters that liked human teeth, and I actually really enjoyed it. It freaked me out, the plot kept me entertained, and there were zero drops of blood to tantalize. The same goes for ‘Mama,’ a  2013 release about a twisted, yet again evil spirit-like monster that sucked people’s souls right out of them if they got in the way to her adopted children. It was scary as hell! I actually thought it was del toro this whole time until it dawned in me. Sssh.  So when I saw creepy, skeletal hands pop up in this trailer, I knew del Toro was down for his monster making magic once again. He also snagged Jessica Chastain, who kicked ass in Mama.

Just from still pictures and this recent trailer, the setting for Crimson Peak reminds me of Wurthering Heights and a book called Black Rainbow by Barbara Michaels. Very dark, very dangerous, and very supernatural, with dashes of romance, murder, and the unavoidable, tragic ending for at least two characters.

Upon viewing the trailer the first time, I was instantly reminded of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 MASTERPIECE, ‘Dracula.’ I get the feeling both are set around the same time period, judging from the costumes and the architecture, from what I could see. Then I started noticing some extreme similarities, at least in my mind. Don’t get me wrong, any comparisons to ‘Dracula’ are a-oh-fucking-kay in my book.

For instance, the similarity to Tom Hiddleston’s look and Gary Oldman’s circa 1992:

tom                                                      gary

That could damn well be Hiddly under that top hat. His paleness also hints that he’s going to be a bit of a freak, along with the movie’s brief synopsis: “Young author Edith Cushing discovers that her charming new husband is not who he appears to be.” Pretty clear now, I’d say.

I also couldn’t help but notice Edith’s (Mia Wasikowska) ugly but strikingly familiar dress in the trailer as well…

mia                                      1-lucy

White, poofy-shouldered, high necked ugly drapery-dresses, right? A girl can’t forget a dress like that in her lifetime, come on.

I could be entirely mistaken on my next point, so correct me if I’m wrong. Charlie Hunnam’s character has a slight accent. Did anyone else pick that up? Watch the trailer again and let me know. He says under 10 words but I swear I hear a Southern flair or at least American twang. If this IS the case, then my next eerie similarity is between him and the character Quincy P. Morris, one of Lucy’s many suitors from ‘Dracula.’ This one happened to be from Texas. Hmmmm.

charlie                                                           morris

They both wear hats too! Good god! That’s a bit of a stretch but still: these are kind of trademark hats. Character defining hats. Men who have southern accents and fight charming bad guys wear such hats. Okay, I’m done.

Even the promotional posters for the two films bear a resemblance. Both feature a crest of sorts. I can’t make out the words on the crest for the CP poster but I’m sure it’s something Latin and foreboding, considering it forms a makeshift skull.  If this movie isn’t Gothic romanticism revitalized, I don’t what else is.

cpeak                                                               dracual

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