To say Stephen King knows a thing or two about horror is not to go too far out along the proverbial limb. So genre fans may care to take note of the novelist’s highly positive review of Guillermo del Toro’s forthcoming film, Crimson Peak. “Was treated to a screening of Guillermo Del Toro’s new movie, Crimson Peak, this weekend,” King tweeted yesterday. “Gorgeous and just f–king terrifying.” In a subsequent tweet, he claimed that the film “electrified me in the same way Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead electrified me when I saw it back in the day.”
King’s son, and fellow horror scribe, Joe Hill has also weighed in on the film, tweeting that Crimson Peak is “Del Toro’s blood-soaked Age of Innocence, a gloriously sick waltz through Daphne Du Maurier territory.” Du Maurier was, of course, the writer responsible for penning the short stories upon which Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds and Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now were based.
Set for release in October, Crimson Peak stars Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, and Charlie Hunnam. According to the official synopsis, the film concerns a young woman who “when her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay: a place filled with secrets that will haunt her forever. Between desire and darkness, between mystery and madness, lies the truth behind Crimson Peak.”
You can see the trailer for Crimson Peak, below.