Guillermo Del Toro’s Crimson Peak premiered at Austin’s Fantastic Fest this past weekend, and while full reviews are embargoed until mid-October, the first reactions to the highly anticipated Gothic horror movie have surfaced on Twitter.
Pacific Rim was a movie which divided critics and even the most loyal of the filmmaker’s devoted fanbase, but it thankfully sounds like Crimson Peak is something of a return to form for Del Toro as he goes back to his roots. It’s odd then that Universal has decided to hold back reviews until so close to the movie’s release, but there have been reports of some behind the scenes issues (they refused to co-finance Crimson Peak with Legendary Pictures upon learning that it was going to be R-Rated), so that could explain why they’re not overly interested in giving it a huge push.
After all, this kind of horror movie is a tough sell with a PG-13 certificate, never mind with an R. The early buzz could still help Crimson Peak at the box office of course, but we’ll just have to wait and see on that for the time being.
The cast of Crimson Peak is led by Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, and Mia Wasikowska, and it’s set to be released on October 16th. Check out the reactions below and let us know what you think.
Still sort of annoyed that I can't review Crimson Peak until mid-October. Embargoes should not apply to film festivals. Anyway it's great.
— Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) September 27, 2015
CRIMSON PEAK: Frighteningly beautiful – crazy creepy but not jump-scary. Some of Jessica Chastain's finest work. Gorgeous stuff, dug it lots
— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) September 26, 2015
Crimson Peak is wonderfully designed and Jessica Chastain maniacally owns every scene she's in. Although, could use more scares & melodrama.
— Jordan Raup (@jpraup) September 26, 2015
CRIMSON PEAK is darkly dreamy and savage and I liked it. Jessica Chastain is mesmerizing.
— Russ Fischer (@russfischer) September 26, 2015
If you love the films of @RealGDT you will love Crimson Peak. It’s gorgeous, gross but also romantic. There’s so much atmosphere it nuts.
— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) September 26, 2015
I wish Universal luck with CRIMSON PEAK. I liked it a lot, but there's no hook, in the best possible way, for "selling" its complexities.
— Todd Gilchrist (@mtgilchrist) September 26, 2015
Loved CRIMSON PEAK. Elegant, beautiful, and scary. #FantasticFest
— Alan Cerny (@NordlingAICN) September 26, 2015
CRIMSON PEAK: almost a Tom McCarthy-level rebound from the disastrous Pacific Rim. CG ghosts are a crime but the rest is gorgeous gothic fun
— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) September 26, 2015
'Crimson Peak' is GDT's spin on a love story in that he latches onto love's horrors. Takes a while to click, but it does.#FantasticFest
— Matt Goldberg (@MattGoldberg) September 26, 2015
CRIMSON PEAK: A classical ghost story punctuated by gnarly violence and images of terrible beauty. This is movie is sumthin' else.
— Jacob Hall (@JacobSHall) September 26, 2015
— George A. Hickman (@popmortem) September 26, 2015
Crimson Peak is a visual, gothic masterpiece full of amazing imagery. Brutal but basic. Jessica Chastain is awesome. Period. #FantasticFest
— Jeremy Kirk (@JeremyKKirk) September 26, 2015
Source: Slash Film