Friday, 13 February 2015

Trailer Check: Crimson Peak (2015)

© Universal Pictures  |  Source: YouTube screenshot

I enjoy a good ghost movie. There's really nothing like squeaking doors, creaking floors and a bunch of old-school puppets to make my heart pound a little faster. So, yes, when director Guillermo del Toro announced that he was planning to revive the classic haunted house genre, I whooped with joy. And now that the first trailer is out, I'm even more excited!

To be honest, come October, buying a ticket for this film really will be a no-brainer for me. The cast is to die for, which is actually quite genre-appropriate, I guess. I'm a fan of Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam, and would watch anything that stared only one of these people. However, now that they've united for this project, Crimson Peak is definitely at the top of my must-see list this year.

But there is more to this trailer than just a quartet of talented actresses and actors in stylish period fashion. First of all, the whole thing is accentuated by a haunting cover version of Nick Cave's "Red Right Hand". Second, the set design looks perfectly lavish, with a sinister estate, harbouring gloomy aisles contrasted against pale snow and colourful costumes. 

Set in 19th century England, the story of a young girl falling for a dark, handsome stranger with a peculiar sister oozes with gothic charm and sinister passions. Additionally, it combines vibes from Hitchcock's Rebecca (1940), Stanley Kubrick's The Shining (1980), Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Fall of the House of Usher", and from a nearby corner Jane Eyre seems to be screaming at you: 'Stay away from the attic!'.

Granted, I cannot hear doors squeak or floors creak in this trailer, I'm nonetheless drawn in by the engaging visuals, the creepy, repressive Victorian atmosphere, the music and all the lovely people flooding the screen. 

Further cast members include Leslie Hope, Jim Beaver and Burn Gorman.

Release: 16 October 2015

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