There was once a time that Guillermo del Toro was attached to make another film version based on the Disney theme park attraction, The Haunted Mansion. I don’t know what del Toro had planned for that movie, or even if he’s still involved in it in some capacity, but I know one thing, and that’s if del Toro had decided to make Haunted Mansion instead of Crimson Peak, he probably wouldn’t have just won praise from Stephen King. An absolute horror icon who can, without any hesitation, be considered an authority on the genre, King’s praise is gold.. Well, he’s seen Crimson Peak, and he’s very excited about it.
For anyone out there that doubts that in this day and age a haunted house movie can’t be scary, King would like to beg to differ with you. Via Twitter, King had a very strong endorsement of Crimson Peak after he saw a screening of the film, praising the film for its atmospheric and technical achievements.
King’s first pass at a review of Crimson Peak:
Was treated to a screening of Guillermo del Toro’s new movie, CRIMSON PEAK, this weekend. Gorgeous and just fucking terrifying.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 16, 2015
And then he doubled down adding:
CRIMSON PEAK electrified me in the same way Sam Rami’s EVIL DEAD electrified me when I saw it for the first time way back in the day. — Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 16, 2015
That got my attention. Sam Raimi‘s original Evil Dead is one of the few horror movies that still gives me the willies watching it though from beginning to end. In fact, it’s between that, Hellraiser and the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre in terms of movies I can’t watch alone after dark. Call me pathetic if you want, or maybe you’d like to call me a wuss, I don’t care, those movies give me the heebie jeebies, and to have Crimson Peak compared to the likes of The Evil Dead sounds very promising indeed.
Of course, King’s track record on what rocks and what sucks may be up for criticism depending on the eye of the beholder. He’s slammed authors like James Patterson, Stephanie Meyer and Suzanne Collins with many of the same critiques he used to get in terms of quality of their writing. He’s also stated preference for the TV miniseries version of The Shining over the Stanley Kubrick version starring Jack Nicholson.
Still, for horror fans it’s another reason to get excited about the coming release of Crimson Peak, which will be in theaters everywhere this coming October.
Source: Cinema Blend