Crimson Peak tells of an aspiring author that is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider in the aftermath of a family tragedy. As she tries to escape the ghost of her past, she’s swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds, and remembers.
Before I review this film, I do have to state I’m not a fan of the horror genre and what draw me into watching this film was it’s director, Guillermo Del Toro. Upon seeing this film, it reminds me of Del Toro’s Spanish language effort, Pan’s Labyrinth in its tonality, essentially single location story, and creature creation. He has a brilliant sense to create unique worlds and with his ability to balance both practical effects and CGI makes the worlds he has created more real.
The tension of the film builds well, especially with its fear of the unknown a thread that linked the film together. This is added to by the visions of beauty in its decay with the details intricate in every detail.
Jessica Chastain’s Lucille is by far the most interesting and psychotically creepy character. She stole the film with her cold-heartedness. Hiddleton’s Thomas seems kind and sweet hearted next to Lucille, despite his tendencies. He’s ultimately manipulated by Lucille to commit these acts against Mia Wasikowska’s Edith, in this portion of the tale. The weakest of the three is W. as her performance seemed superficial against the stunning work of her co-stars and the gothic tale being woven around her.
Although it does have its scares and general creepiness, it’s more of a gothic romance with horror blended in.