Crimson Peak: Guillermo Del Toro's Newest Horror Film

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This Friday the film Crimson Peak opens and I, for one, am extremely excited not just because it looks amazing, but because it is from the mind of my favorite director Guillermo Del Toro. Crimson Peak is a gothic romance that depicts the journey of Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowski) through the home of Thomas (Tom Hiddleston) and Lucille Sharpe (Jessica Chastain). The home of the Sharpes has a dark past and an even bigger secret that cannot be discovered. How will Edith cope with the horrors of the Sharpes?

Trailer from Legendary's Youtube channel

Crimson Peak comes out this Friday, but Guillermo Del Toro has so many other films that can be celebrated and watched if you can't make it to the theaters this weekend. My personal favorites are Blade II, Pacific Rim, and Hellboy. There are numerous other critically acclaimed films Del Toro has created such as Chronos and Pans Labyrinth, these films I appreciate but the other films I rewatch more frequently.

Del Toro is a director and writer who continues to impress with his vision and ability to convey those visions to the big screen through the use of practical and visual effects. Also his method of getting a desired performance from actors is amazing. Del Toro actually creates 10 page character bios and background for the films he works on and gives them to the actors so their performances convey these undertones of character history. That passion for his work is what makes Guillermo Del Toro such an incredible filmmaker and why he has established himself as one of the greats.

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One of my favorite films that Guillermo Del Toro has directed is Blade II starring Wesley Snipes as Blade and Kris Kristofferson as Whistler. It is the best of the Blade Trilogy, in my opinion. Del Toro's contributions to the furtherance of the Blade films mythology were the recreation of the concept of the reapers. The reapers are what made the film so compelling and interest. The concept of a common enemy to Blade as well as vampires that required both sides to defeat. This was the reason that made me such a fan of Del Toro.
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Hellboy is a movie based on the B.P.R.D. comic book series that Del Toro is a fan of, so he wrote and directed the film adaptation. This film was just a larger jump in the ability of Del Toro to utilize practical and visual effects to convey a better story. The practical makeup mixed with visual effects on Hellboy (Ron Perlman) made the film so much better. But without the direction given by Del Toro this film could have faltered with the characters turned into hokey joke. The concept of a hell baby fighting the supernatural could be a bit ridiculous but Del Toro made the characters compelling and the story truly come alive.
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Finally, Guillermo's last film Pacific Rim, a kaiju film, is one to remember and an awesome action film. This is the culmination of Del Toro's effects knowledge supported with a story outline. Although I enjoyed the film and recommend it to everyone, the story was not the greatest in my opinion. The real shining stars are the visual effects and how the giant robots ad monsters were animated.

Guillermo Del Toro specifically acknowledged how both were huge in scale, therefore the animation is slowed so visual effects have weight to them instead of their fast moving counterparts in the Transformers franchise. That detail effected the entire film because of the feeling evoked by the visual effects on the big screen.

For all these reasons and more Guillermo Del Toro has continued to be a filmmaker that creates other worlds for his audience that are so incredible to watch. I know I am going to go see Crimson Peak this weekend and hope you do too in order to support this incredible filmmaker and his original voice in film.