Stephen King and son Joe Hill praise Del Toro's Crimson Peak

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Mar 17, 2015

Even when you’re as accomplished a filmmaker as Guillermo del Toro, some endorsements must still be exciting to hear.

That had to be the case over the weekend, when del Toro's upcoming Gothic horror movie, Crimson Peak, was screened for no less an authority on terror than Stephen King, who tweeted his approval on Monday (warning: King's tweet contains profanity):

Was treated to a screening of Guillermo del Toro's new movie, CRIMSON PEAK, this weekend. Gorgeous and just fucking terrifying.

— Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 16, 2015

CRIMSON PEAK electrified me in the same way Sam Rami's EVIL DEAD electrified me when I saw it for the first time way back in the day.

— Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 16, 2015

Joining his dad for the special sneak preview was King's son, Joe Hill, who's built his own acclaimed body of work with novels like Heart-Shaped Box and his award-winning comic book Locke & Key. It seems like father and son were on the same page when it came to Crimson Peak:

Remember that list I tweeted the other day, the 13 most beautiful horror films. CRIMSON PEAK is the most beautiful of all.

— Joe Hill (@joe_hill) March 15, 2015

CRIMSON PEAK is Del Toro's blood-soaked AGE OF INNOCENCE, a gloriously sick waltz through Daphne Du Maurier territory.

— Joe Hill (@joe_hill) March 15, 2015

According to Slashfilm, del Toro has more or less completed the film and must feel confident enough to start showing it to VIPs seven months ahead of its release. When two of those VIPs are one of the greatest living horror writers of our time and his formidably talented offspring -- both of whom heaped praise on the movie -- then del Toro must feel like he's on the right track.

We'll see if any more screenings and reactions surface ahead of the movie's release, but in the meantime we'll have to be satisfied with watching the sumptuous trailer again. Crimson Peak stars Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam and opens Oct. 16.