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The busiest man in genre has found his next directorial
effort, one that harks back to classic haunted houses.
Deadline is reporting del Toro is teaming with PACIFIC RIM
backers Legendary Pictures on CRIMSON PEAK, a film he calls “a very
set-oriented, classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story. It
will allow me to play with the conventions of the genre I know and love, and at
the same time subvert the old rules.”
With a career that’s seen the filmmaker alternate between
grand efforts and more intimate subjects, injecting the same heart and ambition
into all, CRIMSON PEAK and his immediate references should generate plenty of
excitement. And it sounds like no small affair. The DEVIL’S BACKBONE director
speaks of Legendary providing the resources needed to honor films like THE
HAUNTING and THE INNOCENTS. Sounds like a lush, stylistic scare story is in
order and the house design/construction is of utmost importance.
“Films like THE OMEN, THE EXORCIST and THE SHINING, the
latter of which is another Mount Everest of the haunted house movie. I loved
the way that Kubrick had such control over the big sets he used, and how much
big production value there was. I think people are getting used to horror
subjects done as found footage or B-value budgets. I wanted this to feel like a
Its title even sounds classical, possibly referring to the house, or estate, in question, recalling the likes of Hill House, Belasco House, Manderlay (I know REBECCA isn't a ghost story, but it has a haunting estate) and Bly.
I’ve been curious about the double lasting effect of
something like PARANORMAL ACTIVITY. While in its immediate wake there’s been a
glut of found footage, there’s also the success of INSIDIOUS, another haunted
throwback leaning heavily on style. That film’s director, James Wan, is bringing
us two more haunted house tales just next summer with THE CONJURING and
INSIDIOUS CHAPTER TWO, while Mac Carter’s HAUNT is slated for October 2013 and
Vincenzo Natali is currently working on HAUNTER.
Of course, the haunted house is tried and true (and never
really dead), and regardless if reignited interest does have anything to do with horror’s
current franchise du jour, we can’t wait to see what del Toro plans to do with
The announcement also came with a brief update on the
long-gestating AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS. del Toro reveals he still hopes to
do it, and with Legendary Pictures who loves it, but is waiting for PACIFIC RIM
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