Crimson Peak Gives You A Reason to Head to the Theaters This October

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“Ghosts are real, that much I know. I’ve seen them all my life…” So says main character Edith Cushing (played by Wasikowska).

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Here we see one of the many homages paid to The Shinning in this film.

TITLE: Crimson Peak
DIRECTOR: Guillermo del Toro
SCREENWRITER: Guillermo del Toro (written by) and Matthew Robbins (written by)
PRINCIPAL CAST: Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam, Jim Beaver, and Burn Gorman
SUMMARY: When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay: a place filled with secrets that will haunt her forever. Between desire and darkness, between mystery and madness, lies the truth behind Crimson Peak. (Courtesy of Legendary Films)

From the opening scene of this movie, del Toro manages to completely immerse you into this ghostly Victorian world filled with shimmering crimson and electric blue. Vivid colors that contrast well with the drab gray colors of the Victorian era in which it is set. Creeping up the stairs to Edith’s bedroom we see a ghastly specter played by fan favorite Doug Jones (pale man and Fauno from Pan’s Labyrinth). “Beware of Crimson Peak,” he whispers.  What is Crimson Peak? We’re left wondering as the movie continues on like a haunted house attraction.

…and much like a haunted house attraction, the movie relies a little too heavily on jump scares. Thankfully there are some great gore scenes, and heart thumping suspense toward the end that evens it out a bit. Between the horror we see a near perfectly acted drama unfurl. The one exception being the mediocre (not horrible) Wasikowska who still manages to occasionally shine.

The biggest standout in this movie was the cinematography, and the set and costume design. The three combined really suck you into the movie and liven up an otherwise lackluster plot. Yes, there is some down side to this movie, and it’s almost completely the writer’s fault. Shocking to believe considering it was written by Mathew Robbins (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Sugarland Express, and Batteries Not Included) and del Toro himself, until you consider that the last time the two got together they made the completely uninspired Don’t be Afraid of the Dark (2010) remake. Add in a few lame “iris outs,” a CGI book opening to denote that the prologue was over and the story was truly beginning, and you’ve managed to make a great movie just pretty good.

Don’t let that get you down though. This movie is worth seeing in theaters and probably worth purchasing when it comes out. I’ll most likely be watching it again before it’s out of theaters.

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