After first sharing details of the movie at last year's Comic-Con, acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro returned to San Diego today (July 11) to talk up Crimson Peak ahead of its October release. He was joined for the panel by the stars of the movie, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, and Jessica Chastain.
Those in attendance were treated to a trailer, which brought together clips from those previously released, along with a few added scenes before the chat got underway. The trailer has not yet been released online, however at the Legendary booth, they did have the one below playing for fans to enjoy throughout the four-day event.
Mexican-born del Toro praised Legendary Pictures for having faith in him wanting to undertake an English film suitable for older audiences, and commented on the strong relationship they had with one another.https://twitter.com/Legendary/status/619992220096040960
He then went on to insist that Crimson Peak defies the typical gender roles often established within many other movies by saying:
“It’s a straight gothic romance. But some of the gender roles are a little more liberated. I have two daughters and there is a secret gender war.”
On working with del Toro, Hiddleston couldn't offer up enough praise, telling the packed hall:
"I just had the best time. Guillermo has an enormous imagination, and getting to live inside that imagination with all of his detail and rigour and precision was a huge pleasure."
He also warned those who planned on seeing the film that the last 45 minutes are, as tweeted by Legendary films:
"headlong and thrilling."https://twitter.com/Legendary/status/619991552073428992
It was also announced during the panel that the house featured within the film, (which was built on a sound stage and then torn down) Allerdale Hall, would create the basis for a maze for fans to explore (and likely scare themselves silly in!) as part of Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights running from September 18 to November 1.
Crimson Peak will be released on October 16.