Matthew Robbins

Mia Wasikowska in a scene from the motion picture "Crimson Peak." Credit: Kerry Hayes, Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures

After the not-quite-blockbuster box-office success of Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro’s (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Devil’s Backbone, Cronos) middling foray into big-budget spectacle (Universal recently put a planned sequel on indefinite hold), it was all but inevitable that del Toro would scale back his ambitions, budgetary and otherwise, and return to his horror roots, a return welcomed by del Toro’s relatively small, loyal, vocal fanbase. Return to his roots del Toro indeed does with Crimson Peak, a hyper-stylized Gothic horror-romance/homage that never quite rises to the level of del Toro’s earlier, more accomplished efforts like the aforementioned film trio, but it still offers an abundance of sensory pleasures (albeit less so where narrative ones are concerned) drawn directly from del Toro’s fertile, fervid imagination and his unabashed, love of Gothic horror-romances. (more…)

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It’s not long now until Guillermo del Toro delves back into his world of earth shattering Jaegers and Kaijus battling it out mano-a-mano in the follow-up to the international Box Office smash hit Pacific Rim. However, Toro is currently revisiting familiar territory with his latest Gothic romance Crimson Tide. The film, starring Tom Hiddleston (Thor: The Dark World), Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland), Jessica Chastain (Interstellar), and Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy), is due out later this year, and we have promotional shots of three of its stars. (more…)