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Del Toro reveals Gothic fascination

Published 13/05/2015

Director Guillermo del Toro said his latest film had taken nearly nine years to finish
Director Guillermo del Toro said his latest film had taken nearly nine years to finish

Director Guillermo del Toro says the concept for his latest movie is inspired by the fact that he is "more terrified of living human beings than dead ones".

Del Toro is referring to his latest project, Crimson Peak, a Gothic horror story with an all-star cast.

Featuring the likes of Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Sons of Anarchy's Charlie Hunnam, the movie is co-written, directed and produced by del Toro.

Revealing that the movie has taken nearly nine years to finish, he said: "I'm an avid reader of Gothic romance in the most traditional sense of the term - darker, brooding, unsettling stories about star-crossed lovers, against a backdrop that is very, very baroque and often tinged with supernatural stuff.

"So I've always wanted to create one of those, but at the same time I wanted to do sort of an anti-romantic romance."

The movie follows the main character Edith's (played by Wasikowska) journey to a haunted house of sorts.

Instead of using a green screen to create some of the spooky characters through CGI, he used real performers.

He said: " I think it's the same reason why I like to build sets: the actors can react to a presence on the set, floating in the middle of a corridor or a room, or coming out of the muck.

"By using real performers, I think there is some strange verisimilitude and power similar to having a real set.

"I love having a proper set to play in, as opposed to a green screen.

"It may not be good for everyone, but it sure is good for me."

Crimson Peak is due to be released in October 2015.

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