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Guillermo Del Toro On "Crimson Peak" Tone

By Garth Franklin Monday July 1st 2013 11:07AM

Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro says that his next film, the gothic horror tale "Crimson Peak" at Legendary Pictures, will be on the opposite end of the scale to his usual Hollywood big-budget spectacles.

The "Pacific Rim" director tells STYD that a better comparison is his acclaimed Spanish-language films "The Devil's Backbone" and "Cronos". He says:

"'Crimson Peak' is a much, much, much smaller movie, completely character-driven. 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. 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.

[This] 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."

Charlie Hunnam, Mia Wasikowska, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jessica Chastain star in the film which begins shooting February 2014. Pre-production is currently in full swing.

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