Crimson Peak (2015) Movie Review

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2015 | R | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance
119 minutes /

User Score: 54/100

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Crimson Peak Review


In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds - and remembers.

Crimson Peak (2015) is an American drama fantasy horror movie that is filled with gothic romance, thrills, and mysteries. Director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), Hellboy (2004), Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), Pacific Rim (2013)) did a spectacular job writing the screenplay and executing it. Del Toro said a lot of great things about his film. A few of the things he said were: "ghost story and gothic romance," "a very set-oriented, classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story” and "I think people are getting used to horror subjects done as found footage or B-value budgets. I wanted this to feel like a throwback." Guillermo del Toro and Matthew Robbins screenplay get straight to the point with a few surprises that viewers will not see coming. The movie contains sexual content with nudity, violence, suspense, frightening scenes, incest, thrills, heartbreaking drama, hauntings, a few bad language and a fabulous screenplay.

Edith Cushing ( Mia Wasikowska - Alice in Wonderland (2010), Stoker (2013), Jane Eyre (2011), The Kids Are All Right (2010)) deceased mother visited her in spirit form. Her mother’s ghost warned her to "Beware of Crimson Peak" around the turn of the 20th century. The movie fast forwards to fourteen years later where we see Edith becoming an author. Edith prefers to write ghost stories instead of romance novels like her editor wants her to. Sir Thomas Sharpe ( Tom Hiddleston - The Avengers (2012), Thor (2011), Thor: The Dark World (2013), Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)) is an English aristocrat searching for investors. He asked Edith’s father Carter (Jim Beaver - Supernatural (2005), Adaptation. (2002), Next (2007), Deadwood (2004)) to invest in his clay mining invention. Carter declined the offer because of Thomas’ numerous previous failures as Edith is becoming fond of Thomas and vice versa. Edith’s mother spirit visited her again to give her the same message "Beware of Crimson Peak".

Edith went against her father’s wishes and became romantically involved with Thomas leaving her father with no other choice but to hire a private investigator. The investigator found very disturbing information about Thomas and his sister Lucille ( Jessica Chastain - Mama (2013), The Help (2011), The Martian (2015)). After several scenes including a brutal scene, Edith is living with Thomas in England with his sister Lucille in their Allerdale Hall mansion. Allerdale Hall was breathtaking in its glorify beauty decorated with beautiful fabrics, stones, and architectural details. After a few more scenes, Edith learns a great amount of truth about the mansion that is also known as Crimson Peak but is it too late since she already started to cough up blood and is slowly becoming weak?

The movie overall was an excellent watch with minor complaints. The movie was almost flawless with the exception of two actors not fulfilling their roles as their performances were sometimes unbelievable. The screenplay was seamless, and I did not find any plot holes although I found one goof that I cannot mention because it will give away the story. The sets, music and special effects were/are excellent including the cinematography. Everyone who loves a good horror drama movie involving romance should watch this movie.

About Crimson Peak 2015

Title: Crimson Peak
Year: 2015
Runtime: 119 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance
Score: 4.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.65/5 stars from 169 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 169
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Doug Jones, Javier Botet, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, Justin Moses, Jessica Chastain, Jonathan Hyde, Ron Bottitta, Erik Bauersfeld, Charlie Hunnam, Bill Lake, Sean Hewitt, T.J. McGibbon, Danny Waugh, Karen Glave, Burn Gorman, Jim Beaver, Sofia Wells, Bruce Gray, John Carter Craig, Jim Watson, Joan Washington, Alec Stockwell, Beatrice Basso, Anneliese Goldman, Brigitte Robinson, Jenna Weir, Kimberly-Sue Murray, Cyndy Day, Gillian Ferrier
Writers: Guillermo del Toro, Matthew Robbins
Director: Guillermo del Toro