#SDCC14 Exclusive: Guillermo del Toro Gives Us a Look at Crimson Peak; Enter the Jaeger Combat Simulator

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Images From Neill Blomkamp's Chappie Hit Comic-ConOne of the coolest things we’ve done at this year’s Comic-Con was head over to Legendary’s booth to check out their two must-see displays: an Oculus Rift-driven Pacific Rim Jaeger pilot sim and a mini Crimson Peak set that came with a guided tour by Guillermo del Toro himself!

First up was Pacific Rim… Guys, if you can spare some time this crazy weekend to head over and check out this video game tech build on the Oculus Rift, you need to. Describing it will not do it justice, and the experience is so undeniable cool that you’ll want to do it again and again.

The Oculus Rift technology is probably the most crazy and immersive thing we’ve ever seen. Add in some giant Robot vs. Kaiju action, and you have what can only be described as a monster fan’s wet dream! Wow.

Crimson Peak

Crimson Peak

Crimson Peak

From there we spoke with del Toro about Crimson Peak, and he peeled back a few layers of what is no doubt going to be a very spooky Gothic horror experience right down to the house itself, which is home to little details you may not see your first time through. “One of the themes in the movies is butterflies vs. moths,” says Guillermo, pointing to the unique wallpaper within the house. “If you look closely, you can even see some writing,” del Toro tells us while grinning from ear to ear. Sure enough, upon close inspection the word “FEAR” is spelled out very subtly on the printed paper. Very cool.

“What I’m doing with the house is creating sort of an iron maiden trap. This structure literally traps the people who are inside of it. I paid a HUGE amount of detail to this one as Crimson Peak is the first time that I got to combine sort of the fairy tale/Gothic look of my European movies with my American work. I’m in a position now that I can trust myself to do both.”

From there del Toro pointed us toward a couple of the costumes that were on display sandwiched in among an amazing array of props. “Moths and butterflies are a very prevalent theme throughout the movie. As you can see, they’re everywhere in the props and even in the dresses. The two dresses I’ve chosen to display here were picked by the degree of craftsmanship in each. These are made from very authentic types of fabrics and lace. There are motifs in them that are pertinent to the storytelling. We pleated the fabrics exactly as they would have been a century ago. This helps to give the feel of things a dreamlike, fairy tale quality.

“This is mainly a hardcore horror Gothic romance film so with the romance you’ll also have elements of the supernatural, elements of a thriller, and the ghosts… they’re really scary, but the humans in this film are far scarier than the ghosts,” del Toro says with a laugh. “Let’s put it this way… things do not end well for the humans in the movie,” says Guillermo before pointing to an enormous and bloodied meat cleaver and a boning knife which is used specifically to separate flesh from bone. “Both weapons you see here have very prominent roles in the film.

Even cooler? We’re not going to have to wait long to see the spectres show up. “You’ll see the ghosts in the first few minutes of Crimson Peak and throughout the film. There’s many different ones. This isn’t really a haunted house movie or even a ghost story though. One of my main passions in life is to read anything horror related omnivorously. Amongst everything that I’ve read, the Gothic romances have really captured my imagination. Jane Eyre… Great Expectations… whatever you’re talking about, Crimson Peak captures that big sweeping romantic – but ultimately gloomy and scary – feel. It’s not an action horror movie, but it is damned scary.

From the Press Release
Legendary Pictures is constantly pushing the envelope in developing unique ways to bring fans into the incredible worlds that are on display in the company’s movies.

Last year, Legendary brought fans The Godzilla Encounter, and it was one of the most talked about attractions of all-time at SDCC. This year, attendees will not have to leave the show floor to experience Legendary’s movies as the company has combined the innovation of virtual reality with the handcrafted artistry of moviemaking — right in the confines of its booth (#3920). Legendary’s attractions at this year’s show will allow fans to step right into the mind of Guillermo del Toro through an exclusive virtual reality experience – during which they will train to become a Jaeger pilot in Pacific Rim – and an interactive Gothic Gallery that will take fans right into the haunted world of Crimson Peak.

A physical experience handcrafted by Guillermo del Toro himself, fans will get a glimpse behind the curtain of Crimson Peak and an early tease of the ultimate haunted house. Designed in the look of one of the sets of the movie, the Gothic Gallery is a living breathing gallery of curiosities that includes props, costumes, and an atmospheric soundscape designed by Academy Award® Winner Randy Thom. As people walk through, they will get the message loud and clear – BEWARE CRIMSON PEAK!

Additionally, Legendary will host a Golden Ticket contest for Crimson Peak. The winner will have a chance to meet del Toro on Saturday, July 26 that the Legendary booth.

To win the “Golden Ticket,” fans will need to go to a like-gated Facebook application that lives on the Crimson Peak Facebook page where they will be able to enter for a chance to win the grand prize.

The haunting Gothic horror story, directed by the master of dark fairytales Guillermo del Toro, will be released by Universal Pictures on October 16, 2015.

PACIFIC RIM: JAEGER PILOT is the next evolution of the thrilling universe Legendary is creating with director Guillermo del Toro. Created by the leading pioneers of virtual reality, Oculus VR, the attraction delivers a new benchmark in virtual reality experiences as fans will step into a fully-realized Jaeger Combat Simulator and experience what it feels like to pilot a 250-story robot. Created with original film assets from Industrial Light & Magic and developed within Unreal Engine 4, Pacific Rim: Jaeger Pilot provides a thrilling first-person battle between Gipsy Danger and the kaiju codenamed Knifehead.

Crimson Peak

Crimson Peak

Crimson Peak

Crimson Peak

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  • James Coker

    huh…color me highly intrigued with Crimson Peak now