Comic-Con: Guillermo Del Toro Shows 'Crimson Peak' Footage

The clip debuted during the Legendary panel at San Diego Comic-Con.
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The clip debuted during the Legendary panel at San Diego Comic-Con.

Guillermo del Toro, one of Comic-Con's most beloved filmmakers, electrified the audience in Hall H with footage of his Gothic horror film Crimson Peak.

Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam and Jim Beaver star in the film.

Del Toro drew big cheers from the women in the audience for saying that having two daughters and a strong wife made him want to tell a Gothic tale with strong women in it. He called the film a Gothic romance with twists that were "gender liberating."

He then showed off a long trailer that he warned would contain some spoilers. Chastain's character is revealed to be decidedly villainous, with her and her brother (Hiddleston) using Wasikowska for some cruel and unknown purpose.

Among the potential spoilers in the trailer: Wasikowska's character has seen ghosts all of her life. After things turn very bad at Crimson Peak, she realizes the ghosts had been trying to warn her.

The trailer featured plenty of gruesome ghosts, with Hiddleston saying shooting the final act of the film was emotionally draining. "The last act of the film is an emotional roller coaster. It exists at a very intense pitch," said Hiddleston. "I personally find the last 45 minutes of this film is headlong and thrilling. There is twist after twist and you don't know where it's going to go."

Del Toro trotted out his cast. Hiddleston revealed that del Toro gave all of his actors detailed, 10-page biographies of their characters, with everything from their secrets to a bad afternoon they had in childhood. "That kind of detail is what we should all do with every character," said Hiddleston.

Del Toro charmed the crowd with his farewell wish for what he hoped people would take away from the movie. "I hope you guys enjoy the hell out of it," he said — a nod to his Hellboy. "I would say Hell yeah!"

Crimson Peak is set for an Oct. 16 release.

  • THR Staff