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

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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 - 18 Comments

1

I'm so ready for this!

Danimal on Mar 17, 2015

2

October GOD DAMMIT

Mr.Sixes on Mar 17, 2015

3

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

4

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

5

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

6

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

Max Holt on Mar 17, 2015

7

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

8

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

9

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

10

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

11

If there's one thing Stephen King knows it's quality movie making: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygWMy-QQNbw

Dan Hibiki on Mar 17, 2015

12

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

13

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

14

Can't disagree with with you there.

Tester on Mar 17, 2015

15

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

16

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

ragethorn on Mar 18, 2015

17

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

Bodeanicus on Mar 19, 2015

18

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

Mark Brackney on Mar 21, 2015

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