4 Revelations from the 'Crimson Peak' Panel at Comic-Con

This is Guillermo del Toro's "adult" and "artistic" horror movie.

4 Things We Learned from the 'Crimson Peak' Panel at Comic-Con
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The deep darkness of Guillermo del Toro's new horror movie, Crimson Peak, lends it a rare sense of gothic romance and grandeur. Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, and Jessica Chastain star, but the giant Victorian mansion built for the movie is just as much a character. Del Toro, Wasikowska, Hiddleston, and Chastain showed up at Comic-Con to talk about the movie Saturday, and here are a few highlights from the panel.

1. Guillermo del Toro Wanted to Do Something Classic and Artistic

While explaining his mindset for Crimson Peak, the director said he wanted to make a "gothic romance" that would fit in with the classic stories of the genre. In keeping with that goal, he promised there wouldn't be any kinds of twists that didn't fit into the time period or style of the film. He's serious about embracing this style, and serious about creating something artistic, even though his more artistic pictures have usually been in Spanish.

"I'm very very happy to say that I felt for the first time completely free to make an adult movie in the English language," he said. "And I hope you guys enjoy the hell out of it."

2. Del Toro Didn't Change the Lead Character for Tom Hiddleston

Benedict Cumberbatch was originally cast to play the lead in Crimson Peak, but after he dropped out, he was replaced with Tom Hiddleston. We're sure the Internet would be happy either way. Guillermo del Toro revealed during the panel that he didn't need to rewrite the role or tailor it specifically to Hiddleston. He just subbed one in for the other.

3. Tom Hiddleston Is a Hall H Legend

Anyone reading this won't be surprised to learn Tom Hiddleston is extremely well loved at Comic-Con. Del Toro joked as he came out that no one should cheer for Hiddleston when he comes out, but that didn't stop them from giving the Loki actor a huge welcome. As the panel was ending and the actors were exiting, Hiddleston leaned down into one of the microphones and told the assembled masses, "I love you all." Panel host Chris Hardwick added, "And now you're all pregnant."

4. A Crimson Peak Horror Maze

After screening new footage from the movie, Guillermo del Toro revealed that he's working with Universal Studios to create a Crimson Peak maze for Universal's Haunted Horror Nights this fall. Here's the official announcement.

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