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Shock Till You Drop has an amazing interview with Guillermo Del Toro about Crimson Peak – made back in March – and he shared a lot about the film so far.

The film stars Mia Wasikowska as Edith, a young woman who crosses paths with two siblings from England, Lady Lucille Sharpe and Sir Thomas Sharpe (Jessica Chastain and Tom Hiddleston). Charlie Hunnam’s Dr. Alan McMichael has had his eye on Edith for quite some time, so when Edith heads out of town with Thomas, he’s not too happy about it. However, Dr. McMichael’s broken heart is the least of Edith’s worries because soon after arriving at the Sharpe’s house, she comes to realize something’s not quite right with the place.

Crimson Peak will be released only in October 16, 2015, but we’re excited already about it. You can read some excerpts below, and head over the STYD website for the full interview:

It’s part love story, part ghost story. “The reason I was attracted to this thing is that, when one story ends, the other one flows, you know? Like, you have, I think, a really good love story and when that ebbs, the ghost story kicks in, and then the complete psycho story picks up, you know? So my hope is, I don’t want to do a straight gothic romance. I want to do it hardcore, which is different. But I don’t want to do it exactly the way it has been done. I want to bring different stuff.”

Mother Sharpe is responsible for it all, but will only appear in the film in a portrait hanging in the living room. “This is the guilty party of everything that happens.” Discussing the actual painting, del Toro explained, “The photo of the lady was taken by David Cronenberg’s daughter and that’s what we based the light on.” He added, “This is a very typical pose of a landowner portrait in Victorian portraiture. The cameo on her neck is the cameo that was my grandmother’s, and it’s the cameo that is [in] The Devil’s Backbone on the character of Marisa Paredes, and it’s the cameo that Jessica wears. And the ring on her finger [is] the ring that Thomas gives Mia as an engagement ring when they’re gonna marry.”

What we know about the Crimson Peak ghosts. “I wanted to do it on camera. I didn’t want ghosts that felt translucent. I wanted ghosts that were there. But they’re very, very special and peculiar and nice … There’s basically two or three forms they have and they are there with the actors. The actors turn around and there’s the mother*cker.”

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