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'Crimson Peak': A first look at Jessica Chastain in Guillermo del Toro's Gothic chiller

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Crimson Peak
Kerry Hayes

After rock’eming and sock’eming some robots in his anime-influenced Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro is returning to the cold, dead arms of horror—and the director hopes that his next movie Crimson Peak will help bring the genre back to its gnarled, twisted roots.

“It’s very much in an old mold with a little bit of extra depravity and brutality sprinkled in,” says the director, who found inspiration in classic gothic films like The ­Innocents and Rebecca. Set in the 19th century, the film stars Mia Wasikowska as a new bride who discovers that her husband (Tom Hiddleston) is a tad…off. Jessica Chastain plays her sister-in-law, a role that turned out to be more intense than she anticipated.

“It was really draining, emotionally and spiritually,” says Chastain. “The experience took more out of me than anything I’d ever done. When I finished I had to take some time off.” For an actress who’s been averaging three movies a year—and 2015 is no exception—that’s saying something.

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