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Crimson Peak (2015)

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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.

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Guillermo del Toro
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mia Wasikowska ... Edith Cushing
Jessica Chastain ... Lucille Sharpe
Tom Hiddleston ... Thomas Sharpe
Charlie Hunnam ... Dr. Alan McMichael
Jim Beaver ... Carter Cushing
Burn Gorman ... Holly
Leslie Hope ... Mrs. McMichael
Doug Jones ... Edith's Mother / Lady Sharpe
Jonathan Hyde ... Ogilvie
Bruce Gray Bruce Gray ... Ferguson
Emily Coutts ... Eunice
Alec Stockwell Alec Stockwell ... Finlay
Brigitte Robinson Brigitte Robinson ... Secretary Jane
Gillian Ferrier ... Society Girl
Tamara Hope ... Society Girl
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Storyline

Edith Cushing's mother died when she was young but watches over her. Brought up in the Victorian Era she strives to be more than just a woman of marriageable age. She becomes enamored with Thomas Sharpe, a mysterious stranger. After a series of meetings and incidents she marries Thomas and comes to live with him and his sister, Lady Lucille Sharpe, far away from everything she has known. The naive girl soon comes to realize not everything is as it appears as ghosts of the past quite literally come out of the woodwork. This movie is more about mystery and suspense than gore. Written by @Avivafae

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody violence, some sexual content and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Haunted Peak See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,143,310, 18 October 2015

Gross USA:

$31,090,320

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$74,679,822
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kingston Ontario was used as a shooting location. Market Square and Ontario Street doubled for Buffalo See more »

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Dr. Alan claims that it would be impossible to fake a ghost photograph with glass plates. In fact at the time a lot of 'ghost photos' were made with glass plates, because the expensive plates were re-used, and if not cleaned properly, a 'ghost' image would remain. See more »

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Edith Cushing: Ghosts are real, that much I know. I've seen them all my life...
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The Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures opening logos are bloody red with creepy music and humming in the background. See more »

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Referenced in Animals Unleashed: Crimson Beak (2016) See more »

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In the Sails of Your Dreams
Written by Guillermo del Toro and Fernando Velázquez (as Fernando Velásquez)
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Bloody Visual Spectacle
17 October 2015 | by ThomasDrufkeSee all my reviews

Guillermo del Toro is that kind of superstar director that brings audiences to the seats no matter the genre of film. Much like Nolan, Spielberg, and Tarantino, Del Toro draws fans to see the next visual spectacle he brings to the screen. Make no mistake about it, Crimson Peak is an awe to see on the big screen, especially in IMAX. Unfortunately I think the marketing team hurt Del Toro's film this time around. The trailers were centered around this house and the ghosts that supposedly haunted it. While I loved the trailers for what they were, they didn't properly represent the movie as it actually is, which is most definitely a Gothic romance.

The film stars Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, and Charlie Hunnam. We focus on Edith, played by Wasikowska as she deals with a recent family tragedy without anywhere to go and no one to stay with. Enter Hiddleston and Chastain, playing Thomas and Lucille respectively, who seem to target Edith specifically. As Thomas and Edith grow closer to each other, he brings her to his childhood house, which is conveniently miles away from the next home or any part of civilization. It also happens to have an issue with the red clay that stains the snow around the house and floods underneath during the winter. This gives the whole feel of the movie a bloody undertone.

While the film isn't really a horror film, it certainly has frightening elements. Edith is constantly haunted by not only the ghosts of Crimson Peak but her mother's for whom she basing a book around. The strongest aspect of Crimson Peak is the visual spectacle you're given. Whether it's the costume design, special effects, or the sets themselves, this film is gorgeous. So there's no denying that seeing it in theaters is the way to go. The problem is that the film itself isn't all that original, and the characters aren't all that interesting. The first act is rather slow but the climax most definitely makes the film worth seeing. The performances are all great, in particular Wasikowska and Chastain, which in some way make up for the lack of character development. Go see the movie if you want to see a visual spectacle, but not if you want a horror-ghost centered film.

+Visually stunning

+Performances all around

+Climax

-Not all that scary

-Starts slow

6.8/10


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