Directed by Guillermo del Toro, Crimson Peak is set in the aftermath of a family tragedy, when a young, aspiring author (Mia Wasikowska) is torn between love for her childhood friend (Charlie Hunnan) and the temptation of a mysteriously seductive outsider (Tom Hiddleston). Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she 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.
Crimson Peak is much more than a generic horror film (which is no surprise with the legendary Guillermo del Toro behind it!), and is, instead, a real ghost story. It’s difficult for films to genuinely scare you whilst enticing you into its story, but that’s what Crimson Peak does perfectly.
Full of grotesque monsters and jumps in all the right places, the tone and pace are set superbly. The story does take a while to get into, but after a somewhat slow opening, the film completely immerses you into this incredibly atmospheric gothic horror.
With gorgeous costumes and haunting sets lit up by candlelight, Guillermo del Toro’s visuals are breathtaking, as always. The creepy tone follows you around every corner, and whilst the ghosts of this story are only in the backdrop of a much more sinister tale, there’s much more to Crimson Peak than empty jumps in the dark. It’s even quite disturbingly sexy at times, which only adds to the already beguiling environment.
The cast is absolutely incredible, too. Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, and Jessica Chastain are all impressive, and they look stunning in their roles, too. Their chemistry is what takes this film to another level, and the talent really couldn’t have been better picked.
Crimson Peak is set to be released on DVD on 15th February.
DVD extras include:
- Deleted scenes.
- The Light and Dark of Crimson Peak: Follow the phases of production to discover a booming America and a dark and removed England portrayed with a multi-layered sophistication unlike any seen in recent cinema.
- Beware Of Crimson Peak: Tom Hiddleston offers a walking tour of the many secret spaces in Allerdale Hall.
- Feature commentary with Guillermo Del Toro.