Just when you thought Guillermo del Toro couldn’t get any cooler, this morning brings the announcement from the director/writer/producer of the upcoming Crimson Peak that he will be serving as master of ceremonies for the YouTube Space House of Horrors: A Legendary Halloween initiative!
As part of 2014’s Halloween holiday celebration, Legendary and YouTube are partnering to provide the setting and resources to connect with one of the most creative filmmaking communities in the world and seek out the brave new voices in horror. From September 22 – October 28, 2014, YouTube creators will write, shoot and edit their scariest videos at the YouTube Spaces. Creators will have the opportunity to shoot their shorts on cinematic sets inspired by del Toro at YouTube Spaces in Los Angeles, London, Tokyo and New York. The sets vary by Space but include a Great Room from an old manor house lined with walls of books, a sinister staircase and Gothic windows that lead out to a haunted garden; a room filled with exotic & occult artifacts from around the world; an abandoned Solarium cluttered with over-grown plants, birdcages and weathered tools; a claustrophobic attic with foreboding art, dusty mirrors and a hidden trap door.
Take a look at the Great Room and Haunted Garden set designs below:
As well as appearing on individual creator channels, all content will appear on the YouTube Spaces channel, the official Legendary YouTube channel, and will be promoted through social media platforms. Videos are slated to go live between October 21 and Halloween. In celebration of his return to horror with the upcoming Crimson Peak, master of ceremonies, Guillermo del Toro, will select his scariest videos to come out of each region and provide a personal rough-cut creative consultation with the creators. The program’s finale will see Legendary offer one lucky YouTube creator a development deal to realize the full potential of their idea. Del Toro has been a friend to young filmmakers through the years executive producing the feature film Mama after seeing Andrés Muschietti’s short film and helping bring first-time director Jorge R. Gutierrez’s Book of Life to theaters this October.
You can watch del Toro explain it all in the video below!
Crimson Peak, a creepy, gothic romance from Legendary Pictures starring Charlie Hunnam, Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain, co-written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, hits theaters in 2015.