What Guillermo Del Toro’s Crimson Peak Is And What It Isn’t

Yesterday, Harry Knowles responded to the good news of Guillermo Del Toro‘s Crimson Peak moving forwards with his ideas on what the film will entail, and he seemed to think it was an adaptation of Richard Mathieson’s Hell House :

If this is based on a previous Haunted House script by Del Toro and Matthew Robbins…  then folks, hold on to your bowels.   I read that script over a decade ago and it was called Hell House.  It was tremendous.   It was a script that was never bought out right.  Obviously the script would have to lose all of the “Hell House trappings” as that would necessitate making the movie with Fox.   Instead, they’re taking their characters and trappings which were scary.   NORDLING seems to see this as a PG13…   and having read that early script – it is possible, but the intensity of the scares might push it to R territory.   Guillermo finally making his Haunted House SCARE flick is going to be a very good thing.

Good guess, but wrong. Del Toro clarified on the Del Toro Films forum:

 CP is not Hell House at all. Nothing could be further from that. CP is a spec script Matthew and I wrote right after Pan’s Labyrinth. It stayed mostly under the radar but I have been pushing it quietly. Universal has been very supportive and wanted to do it. It’s set at the turn of the century and it is a Gothic romance with ghosts. When I use the GR term I use it not in the Barbara Cartland model but rather in a Bronte fashion. Dark and stormy and wind-swept.

This is my first foray into horror since Sci-Fi/Horror Mimic. DBB was more of an essay on ghosts than a ghost story and, except as producer, I have not returned to scary stuff in a long time. Glad you guys are jazzed. So am I!!

And so am I.

Not sure I agree that The Devil’s Backbone isn’t a ghost story as well as an essay on ghosts, mind.


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