Stephen King Has Seen 'Crimson Peak' Early and Absolutely Loved It

March 17, 2015

Crimson Peak

So far we've only seen a teaser trailer and some first look photos from Guillermo del Toro's anticipated gothic horror flick Crimson Peak. We don't have much to go on yet, but it looks pretty damn creepy, the kind of horror film that usually doesn't get made anymore. And now we have an idea of just how scary it might be. It seems del Toro had an early screening of his film and shared it with some of his friends in the horror business, specifically the master of suspense Stephen King, and he had some exciting praise for the film. Also in attendance and saying kinds words was King's son Joe Hill, also a respected horror writer.

Here's what Stephen King had to say about Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak from Twitter:

And here's what Joe Hill had to say about the film as well:

You can still watch the teaser trailer for Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak right here.

Whether or not you still like King's writing, for the author to be spooked and electrified by a film like this is pretty high praise. And even if you're not sure it's actually scary, both King and Hill agree that it's also beautiful. So if by some chance it ends up not being scary for some people, at least it will be a visual feast. We've got a while before we find out ourselves since the film doesn't come out until the fall, but when we get another trailer, we'll get another taste of what King and his son are talking about.

Crimson Peak is directed by Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pacific Rim, The Devil's Backbone) from a script he co-wrote with Matthew Robbins (Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, Mimic) and Lucina Coxon (Wild Target). In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds…and remembers. Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Charlie Hunnam and Tom Hiddleston star in the film which Universal Pictures & Legendary will release this fall on October 16th.

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Reader Feedback - 22 Comments


I'm so ready for this!

Danimal on Mar 17, 2015



Mr.Sixes on Mar 17, 2015


didn´t Stephen King hate The Shining and made another terrible version? Not sure he´s the guy to trust...

eRIC on Mar 17, 2015


To be fair, the TV version of the Shining was a lot closer to the source material. I think King only disliked the Kubrick Shining because it changed a lot. Stephen King also hated the Lawnmower Man because it had absolutely nothing to do with the original short story.

Mezmo on Mar 17, 2015


Also, SK is not against changing stuff in adaptations of his work, if it's good. See: The Mist. He loved the change that was made to the ending.

bmg314 on Mar 17, 2015


Well I love Stephen Kings legendary work, so yeah I trust him

Max Holt on Mar 17, 2015


Yes, King did not like Kubrick's film The Shining. Which proved to me how low brow and dumb King is. I used to be able to read his books, but got older and smarter and can't be bothered with what I consider to be low brow trash. Sorry if you like his books, but that's my opinion. King's book The Shining was pulp B level stuff. Kubrick, in making his film based, I'll say it again...based, on King's book, esculated it into top notch intelligent horror; in my opinion the best real horror movie ever made. All others in that genre requires such a huge amount of being able to completely and totally suspend disbelief in order to even watch the nonsense, let alone believe it, which I find impossible to do. Kubrick's version flew way, way over the head of King. He simply was unable to esculate his intelligence, comprehension and aesthetic awareness to a level where he could marvel at what Kubrick had made. The TV version of The Shining was an embarrassment! Kubrick was more than likely a genius and a master filmmaker. King is a schlock artist and there can be no intelligent comparison between the two. Now, that's just my opinion and if yours differs you're welcome to it. I'll stick to mine as it's the me! I respect anyone's right to like what they like and not like what they do not like and their right to express those opinions. Debate over these matters and opinions can be invigorating and enjoyable if done intelligently and not with the mentality one could find on any grade school playground; i.e. name calling and labeling, etc.

Bo on Mar 17, 2015


Well, to be fair, for most of us, we see The Shining, and just saw it/experienced it first as a film, we appreciate it as a quality film on its own. King wrote the source material, The Shining is an adaptation of HIS work. So naturally, he would be much more sensitive to any deviations to his material that they felt hurt the quality of the story....and I'm sure it stings him when he sees The Shining, doesn't care for it, only for everyone else to praise it. He couldn't just watch it and judge it as a good movie, or at least it would be a lot harder for him to do so. There have been screenwriters that have condemned films with their names on it, because the finished film is SO FAR from the script they originally wrote. I imagine King might have felt something similar with The Shining.

Chris Groves on Mar 17, 2015


Sure, Chris. Nice take on it. You're emphatic of King and that's cool. He was pretty brutal in his assessment of Kubrick's film which I continue to find a bit amusing. Like a Little League baseball player not liking the way a major league player plays. I don't know, probably a weird analogy. As far as screenwriters go, and I've written a few and have a good friend who won the Oscar for a quite popular movie several years back, we all know we're going to be re-written several times over and our original script is not the one they will shoot. No surprises there as you know when you are being re-written. Take the money and run. Although my friend was not re-written, not for his Oscar winning script, but he had to write over a dozen more drafts for the studio before they were satisfied. I liked his original screenplay much, much more than the version they shot...but who the hell cares?, my friend subsequently has been re-written many, many times on other scripts of his that were produced; as he has re-written other writer's scripts. It's the nature of the beast. Also, many writers are so re-written that they don't even get credit for the finished scipts and nothing of theirs remains. So they don't have to worry about condemning or having their names removed from the credits. It' done for of the biz/beast!

Bo on Mar 17, 2015


I was under the impression King's major criticism of Kubrick's adaptation was that the book is about depression and inner-turmoil, whereas the film features pretty explicit hauntings which excuse the main character's behaviour to a large degree. Well, that and the reduction of Wendy's character from an intelligent woman with her own motivations to a screaming, largely helpless horror cliche. Both of those are valid criticisms in my book. Kubrick made an excellent film out of The Shining, but it wasn't an adaptation of The Shining in spirit. I can understand why King would be peeved. Can't say my opinion of King's writing differs wildly to yours, though the man himself would probably be among the first to admit that.

PJWillman on Mar 18, 2015


Excellent comments! Thank you, Mr. Williams. Well, I see the film to be very much about inner turmoil, depression, delusion and hysteria (Wendy's character). It might be important to remember that many critics of Kubrick found him to be quite misanthropic...which I find pretty amusing. So I think The Shining might be a shining (sorry) example of a misanthropic look at mankind and human behavior. I also thought the 'hauntings', as you stated them to be, were Jack's inner demons exteriorized in the form of hallucinations. The whole party/ball scene with the bartender. The red (hell) bathroom scene with the 'caretaker' Grady being a prime example; also a very scary and very, very funny scene. Grady's line, "I corrected them" comes to mind. Very funny stuff. Excellent English actor and in many of Kubrick's films; also excellent in Barry Lyndon, my favorite Kubrick film, by the way. Philip Stone is the actor's name who played Grady, if I'm not mistaken. I also thought the film was a very well though out incisive take on the nuclear family with the deluded male, the hysterical female, and the screwed up kid because of the parent's dysfunction. I'm also happy Kubrick did away with the silly hedges becoming alive thing in the book. The maze in his film held much more potent metaphoric meaning because of that, in my opinion. Look, I don't hold King in very regard and have no problem admitting that. So, whatever he thinks about anything, especially film, I've no interest in. As I said, he has no idea what Kubrick did and sure, it's understandable that he therefore did not like what was done to his, again, in my opinion, very mediocre book. I still very much appreciate and acknowledge the Kubrick film for its many, many attributes. The acting, the set decoration, the photography, how Kubrick shot and edited it. Just really, really high-gear stuff. Cinema at the highest level. Thanks again for your intelligent views. Much appreciated.

Bo on Mar 18, 2015


While I agree Kubrick was a genius, I'm going to have to disagree on "Barry Lyndon." While an absolutely beautiful film, it is ruined with Ryan O'Neal's atrocious acting. It's that bad. Even so, Kubrick's "bad" films are superior to most people's "good" films.

Bodeanicus on Mar 19, 2015


Okay, that's cool, Bodeanicus for you to disagree, but I will have to emphatically disagree with you re: Ryan O'Neal. That's was the general consensus at the time of the film, which I thought was just crazy! Look, if you agree that Kubrick was a genius, than you might be giving that genius of his short-shift. You see, I thought it was brilliant casting on Kubrick's part as the character of Barry was a perfect fit for O'Neil's persona. I won't even attempt to dissuade you as I've been there and tried to no avail. One either sees that or they don't. Regardless, Barry Lyndon is a very, very funny and scathing look at the absurdity of human beings and their silly and stupid behavior. The narration and the actor who narrated are simply, in my opinion, beyond the pale; just brilliant, on the mark, and again, very, very funny! But hey, thanks for your response to my comments and the expression of your opinion. And you are certainly correct that Kubrick's 'bad' (of which I cannot name) films are superior to most people's 'good' films. Dat be for sure!!.lol....

Bo on Mar 20, 2015


When Stephen King says it's very good it's very good! I did read allot of novels of him and he knows his stuff! And the teaser was very nice!

ari smulders on Mar 17, 2015


If there's one thing Stephen King knows it's quality movie making:

Dan Hibiki on Mar 17, 2015


Actually, quite the opposite.. Although he writes great novels, he sucks at picking good movies.. each time he has done so they have sucked

Tester on Mar 17, 2015


I check his best list every year, and not everything is great, but most of them are! It's a matter of taste...

ari smulders on Mar 17, 2015


Can't disagree with with you there.

Tester on Mar 17, 2015


Great news for GDT. I am so ready for CRIMSON PEAK. I just hope people don't overhype the f--k out of it like PACRIM. CRIMPEAK should kill all of us GDT fans, but I have serious concerns about its box office numbers.

DAVIDPD on Mar 17, 2015


Trailer looked like garbage. Could be a marketing ploy. I'll wait until I see it.

ragethorn on Mar 18, 2015


What, no super heroes? What kind of movie is that?

Bodeanicus on Mar 19, 2015


Hmmmmmm...... I always thought King was mostly Pissed-Off with most of his Adaptations.

Mark Brackney on Mar 21, 2015

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