CRIMSON PEAK: Guillermo Del Torro`s Gothic Horror Gets Haunting Teaser Trailer

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Here is that Guillermo Del Toro that we all fell in love with. The director is back to horror and suspense in a big way in the teaser trailer for his upcoming gothic horror film Crimson Peak. The sets are amazing. The production design is off the charts on this one. And we all know that Del Torro can bring the scares. Why oh why must we wait until October?

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. 

Crimson Peak stars Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam.

You can watch the trailer below. We also have the new poster and a gallery of images for you to peruse. You can click on each image to make the fear bigger. 

What I really hope for is that Guillermo personally hire someone with a skill-set outside of photoshop create a truly marvelous poster for this film rather than this one-sheet doozie. I already say this film deserves better than this one, which does the film a disservice. 
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DarioArgentoFebruary 13, 2015 2:15 PM

Every shot without a CGI ghost looks incredible. Maybe Del Toro can make the supernatural CG scary. I doubt it, but that doesn't mean the movie won't be great anyway.

Mr. CavinFebruary 13, 2015 4:11 PM

Just looks like a bunch of fake crap to me. This is not at all the Del Toro I fell in love with. By the by, what definitions are you guys using regarding "teasers" and "full trailers"? In the last couple days I've seen speedy sixteen-second flashes and full two-minute previews all referred to as teasers. Is there an industry standard?

Andrew MackFebruary 13, 2015 4:35 PM

Likely has to do with time until the film releases. This far from the release date would qualify it as a teaser? Honestly I am just following the lead of the trades here. Closer to the release date I expect the next one will be called 'Full' trailer.

Mr. CavinFebruary 13, 2015 4:48 PM

Oh interesting. I would have never thought of that as criteria. But it makes total sense. I thought it was about length, maybe; or perhaps production detail. I seems like I remember back when teasers were first becoming a thing, they might include titles, for instance, but not credits--and sometimes no visuals, even. Just fifteen seconds of music and something iconic, like a static shot of a hockey mask (to be thematic). So these longish previews, with the movie plot articulated and a good look at all the actors (and tiny credits at the end) feel more like full trailers to me.

Devorah Lynne DishingtonFebruary 13, 2015 11:12 PM

Actually, Del Toro PREFERS to have REAL people, so a lot of these are REAL people in special effects make - up with prosthetics, like Pan's Labyrinth and Mama, to name ONLY two! Thus, the casting of Mr. Doug
Jones and Javier Botet equals a REAL person playing the piano, sitting in the tub, running in the company yard, and grabbing the shoulder of Edith.

CJFebruary 14, 2015 12:25 AM

Stunning sets and costumes.

I'm not sure if the CGI shit was supposed to be scary. Because it never is.

Ard VijnFebruary 14, 2015 8:45 AM

Basically we do not make the decision whether or not something is a teaser, a preview, a clip or a trailer: the publicist releasing it does.

Andrew MackFebruary 14, 2015 11:27 AM

Gosh. Didn't realize Javier was cast in this. I met him in Austin a few years ago at FFest. Tall and thin as a rail. Mind you I'm plus-sized so anyone can look rail thing standing next to me. He was there for one of the earlier REC films. Kind of freaked him out by freaking out about meeting him.

DJ_BobbyPeruFebruary 14, 2015 12:21 PM

The movie looks good, but the trailer wasn't great, if that makes any sense.

Unflinching_EyeFebruary 14, 2015 7:04 PM

The thing we aren't seeing in this trailer is the violence, which del Toro has said before is going to be shocking, a la Pan's Labyrinth. You rarely see that in gothic supernatural romances like this. That could serve to ratchet up the tension somewhat.

Unflinching_EyeFebruary 14, 2015 7:05 PM

That's good to know! Doug Jones is fantastic.

LA JulianFebruary 14, 2015 11:28 PM

I don't think anyone at the studios knows how to make good trailers any more. Either they give away the entire movie in the trailer, or they don't put enough in to make it clear what kind of film it is, or they managed to make it seem like something completely different and thus attract the wrong audience/repel the people who WOULD like it.

Mind you, this has always been something of a problem, something that is clear now that we can watch the original movie trailers for classics, and see if they were intriguing or not (it's very obvious why the first Star Wars movie got its momentum by word of mouth!) but I think it's a pretty sad situation, when amateur and fan-made trailers aka "vids" are far more effective at selling a movie or TV show than the professional attempts to promote it.

LA JulianFebruary 14, 2015 11:31 PM

The funny thing is, there really isn't all that much violence in Pan's Labyrinth! It just feels that way, because it's treated so very differently than in most action movies. But in terms of actual gore shown, it's far closer to the 1940s than the 2000s, with most of it being fleeting or even implicit, but off-camera...

Unflinching_EyeFebruary 15, 2015 2:49 AM

With all due respect Julian, I'll have to disagree :) There are a number of moments of EXPLICIT gore in Pan's that hit me quite hard. And I'm a seasoned old gorehound!

The first time I saw it I was deeply shocked when Capitan Vidal smashes the man's face in with a bottle. It's extremely graphic and very confronting. Take another look (in slow motion no less) here:

Other examples: the pale man graphically bites the head off of a fairy, and then the outstretched arms and head of another. That REALLY got under my skin!

The scene where Vidal sews up his Chelsea smile also makes me cringe in pain every time!

If I remember correctly, the torture does take place off camera, so you're right there ... but I think it's safe to say that Pan's is GDT's goriest movie by a country mile.

It's not wall-to-wall grue like a splatter flick of course, but I'd argue that it's not the amount of gore in a movie, but how emotionally affecting it is!

Ard VijnFebruary 15, 2015 5:29 AM

You and Javier next to each other must have been quite a sight! You'd be hard pressed to convince extraterrestrials that you two belong to the same species of earthling.

Ard VijnFebruary 15, 2015 5:30 AM

Do tell me you have pictures!

Ard VijnFebruary 15, 2015 5:34 AM

I think you and Julian actually agree, and I'm agreeing with you both!

Unflinching_EyeFebruary 15, 2015 6:49 AM

Having reread Julian's comment, I think you're right :)

LA JulianFebruary 15, 2015 8:46 AM

The bottle thing IS shocking -- but most of it's the "noises off" and the reactions of the other soldiers. That's what I mean.

And compare it to the casual bloody violence of, say, any Bourne movie or pretty much ANY action movie of the last twenty years, like V for Vendetta with throats getting slashed right and left, or this week's current favorite, Kingsman. On the one hand, it's much less gory and doesn't take that much screen time.

On the other hand -- it FEELS like it does, and that's because there is such a difference in how it's treated. Violence in del Toro movies is respected as something with profound moral implications and consequences, such that the deaths of random Redshirts becomes the stuff of nightmares. It isn't glamourized at all, which is why it sticks in the memory and looms so large.

The reactions to the bit with the head biting is sort of funny to me, because it is directly referencing a very famous Goya painting, "Saturn devouring his children," which is both a mythological reference itself to the story of the Greek elder god also known as Kronos, and one created in response to the violence and social disarray of Spain in and after the Napoleonic Wars.

Goya's drawings and paintings of wartime reprisals and atrocities, and his symbolic renderings of the psychologically imbalanced state in which the Inquisition still had control over artists and authors, are also the stuff of nightmares, and that's why del Toro keeps evoking him in his own pictures.

But again, more is implied than shown, which makes the parts that are shown all the more shocking. There's only a few brief seconds of bloodshed in the reenactment of Goya's Saturn, and in the surgery scenes -- it's the long, slow, menacing leading-up to them that makes it so nerve-wrenching when they finally happen!

Given a Hollywood and a fandom which giggles at violent dismemberment in things like Wanted and Saw and Tusk as "Cool!" and shrugs off the slaughter of untold bystanders in pretty much every action and disaster movie, giving no moral weight to the killing of enemies at all in things like Man of Steel, who would have predicted that a single scene of decapitation of a character just met and with no lines, hardly gorier than the Rancor in ROTJ, the placement of a few stitches in a scene evoking The Fugitive, Ronin, and yes The Dark Knight, and one curb-stomping beatdown of a random bystander would be the things that haunt us? When "torture-porn" is an "edgy" genre, for Hestia's sake?!

But it's that radically different attitude that makes us take pause and flinch away -- we empathize with the victims, not the powerful who get away with murdering them, and that's the difference between del Toro's framing and even the ones where murder and torture are used to show how awful the bad guys are, like puppy kicking.

We're not supposed to identify in these cases with the victims, but with the heroes -- and heroes in movies aren't supposed to ever be vulnerable, not really. A few manly tears (more likely some jaw-clenching glowers) over the fate of the last fridged girlfriend or family, and that's all.

ShalimarFebruary 15, 2015 12:56 PM

“I think it's safe to say that Pan's is GDT's goriest movie by a country mile.”
del Toro can do gory. Either you’ve forgotten about Blade II, or you haven’t seen it.

Unflinching_EyeFebruary 15, 2015 2:25 PM

You're right, I haven't seen it in quite a while, and I don't remember it being that gory. Isn't the gore in that more of an over the top comic book style, and not as hard-hitting as it is in Pan's? I'll have to give it a rewatch sometime.

ShalimarFebruary 15, 2015 3:57 PM

True, being an action film, some of it adheres
to an over the top comic book style. However, there are some sequences I do
find disturbing, such as the opening introduction with Nomak.

DJ_BobbyPeruFebruary 15, 2015 11:11 PM

I think they should make trailers as kind of 'mood' pieces, with only some hints at the plot and a series of visually intriguing shots. The recent Star Wars, Godzilla, and Mad Max trailers do that, and those were the best new ones I can remember. This trailer might be going for that, but it needs better music and editing.

Unflinching_EyeFebruary 16, 2015 6:35 AM

I know that Goya painting, but I had no idea that del Toro was referencing it in that scene. I just googled it to refresh my memory, and it certainly does share a striking resemblance. I'll have to look up Goya's other works to see if I can spot more similarities to GDT's imagery and themes. Thanks for pointing that out, it's really interesting :)

Mr. CavinFebruary 16, 2015 6:36 AM

Like the Criterion Collection's "Three Reasons" videos.

LA JulianFebruary 16, 2015 9:48 AM

You're welcome, and have fun! There are other artworks besides Goya, too. Do you want me to tell you which I've noticed so far? Or would you rather make your own discoveries uninfluenced first?

(One of them is even confirmed as an influence on his imagery in the Devil's Backbone commentary, but I didn't learn that until several movies later.)

LA JulianFebruary 16, 2015 10:58 AM

My sense is that they were signalling to fans of shows like Penny Dreadful and yes, Peaky Blinders, that this is in that same family of self-aware Victorian horror, so it might be effective in that regard? I'm not sure about the trend of different trailers to appeal to different audience segments, although it's better than ones that fail to appeal to anyone by too generic a touch, but I agree entirely that they need not to give too much away. It's a challenge, finding that balance of leaving you wanting to see more, and not giving too much away -- the perfect visual elevator pitch, as it were.