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Director Guillermo del Toro 'Surprises' in New, Anticipated 'Crimson Peak' Film

First Posted: Jul 14, 2015 05:45 PM EDT
Actress Mia Wasikowska

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Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro is constantly finding creative ways to reinvent the horror genre with his eccentric, mysterious dark yet whimsical nature.

In his new gothic romance, "Crimson Peak," del Toro continues to spread his artistic wings and brings his fans to new heights with a spooky haunted house intertwined with an alluring romance that is both sweet and sexy.

The Mexican director is returning to his horror roots with this highly-anticipated film, reminiscent of his Spanish classics -- "The Devil's Backbone," "Cronos" and "Pan's Labyrinth."

"Crimson Peak" is a huge contrast to his fantasy/sci-fi "Hellboy" movies, "Pacific Rim," and his animated films, "Kung-Fu Panda 2" and "The Book of Life" (with illustrator and co-creator) Jorge Gutierrez, proving that he's a master of versatility.

Dubbed a "haunting gothic horror story," del Toro and the cast of "Crimson Peak" shared their insight of the film and marveled at del Toro's "beautiful storytelling" in the new "A Look Inside" featurette for "Crimson Peak."

In the featurette, you can see how the house is "a principle character" in the eerie film.

"Constantly you feel that the house is filled with ghosts," del Toro explained in the featurette. "The beauty of the movie is a part of the storytelling. This is a different slant to everything that you normally see in the horror genre."

"Guillermo is incredibly skilled at holding back surprises. He is the primary interpreter of gothic romance in contemporary cinema," said "Crimson Peak" star Tom Hiddleston, also in the featurette. "It's very, very scary indeed."

In addition to Hiddleston, "Crimson Peak" features Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam and Jim Beaver.

Recently, del Toro and the cast appeared at the San Diego Comic-Con panel for the upcoming film where he "declared that he had decided to make a film that empowered women," TIME reports.

"There is a secret gender war," del Toro told "a 6,000-strong audience to cheers, promising that he would 'liberate' the gender roles in his 1900s gothic romance."

Del Toro added that "the women in his life, especially his daughters, inspired him to create strong female characters in films like 'Pan's Labyrinth, 'Pacific Rim' and the upcoming 'Crimson Peak.'"

"Crimson Peak" is directed and co-written by del Toro and Matthew Robbins. Executive producers include Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, del Toro, Callum Greene and Jillian Share.

Check out Guillermo del Toro in the "Crimson Peak Featurette - A Look Inside."

If you haven't seen it yet, check out the official trailer for "Crimson Peak," which hits theaters on Oct. 16, 2015.

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