Strange, beautiful, and creepy. Beware of Crimson Peak.
Released: October 16, 2015
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Stars: Mia Wasikowka, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam, Jim Beaver, Burn Gorman, Doug Jones
Edith (Wasikowka), a young writer haunted by the ghost of her mother, meets Thomas (Hiddleston), a British land owner looking for investors for mining the red clay on his family’s land, and the two become infatuated with one another. After the death of her father, Edith marries Thomas and moves with him and his sister, Lucille (Chastain), to their crumbling estate. But the marriage is not what it seems and the house is full if secrets and horrors.
Crimson Peak is a beautiful looking movie and very Guillermo del Toro-ish. If you loved Pan’s Labyrinth then you are the perfect audience for this gothic-horror-romance. It took me multiple viewings of Pan’s Labyrinth to enjoy and understand the film and it will be the same for Crimson Peak.
The dialogue could have been distractingly bad or hokey, but the stellar cast kept it from falling into Twilight levels of bad. The ghosts haunting Edith are perfectly spine-chilling and drift in and out of frame enough to keep the potency of the horror story going, but I wish the ghost story would have been more fleshed out. Too much of the movie’s run time is dedicated to getting Edith to marry Thomas and when we finally get to the house, the film has to ramp up quickly so we can have a final resolution in less than two hours.
If you are a fan of del Toro or have been wanting to see a well done gothic-horror-romance, then you will enjoy Crimson Peak. If you are looking to ogle Tom Hiddleston or Charlie Hunnam (and I do not judge, both men are very ogle worthy and that may have been a deciding factor for seeing this movie), you may be a little disappointed or left wondering what in the hell you just watched.