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.
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
Director Guillermo del Toro gave actress Jessica Chastain the script after working with her on Mama (2013) and thought she would play the lead role, Edith. After reading the script Chastain asked to play the character of Lucille, which she thought as more interesting and challenging which del Toro agreed to. See more »
The movie begins in the year 1901 (see Carter Cushing's checkbook date). A reference is made to an "autocar" - early reference to an automobile, picking up guests during the rain at Carter Cushing's home. A Ford Model-T, five-passenger touring car pulls up to the house, but the earliest Model T didn't appear until 1908, and it was marketed to the middle class. Automobiles in 1901 were barely more than the "horseless carriage" idea, with buggy-type bodies, wires wheels, and often only a front seat for two. Covered cars with second-row seats weren't readily available, and any vehicle would have been a very expensive, high-end car to function as a chauffeured vehicle for multiple riders in this upper class setting. A vehicle that would have been more appropriate would have been a Haynes-Apperson, Stearns, Locomobile, American, or Stanley, and those probably wouldn't have operated in such inclement weather. A horse-drawn, enclosed carriage would have been more appropriate for the chauffeured scene. One other street scene in New York shows a more appropriate car for the period, similar to the curved-dash Oldsmobile runabout type. See more »
Ghosts are real. This much I know. The first time I saw one I was 10 years old. It was my mother's. Black cholera had taken her. So Father ordered a closed casket, asked me not to look. There were to be no parting kisses. No goodbyes. No last words. That is, until the night she came back.
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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 »
Crimson Peak is one of the most artistic horror movies I've seen in recent times.
Crimson Peak is one of the most artistic horror movies I've seen in recent times. The movie's aristocratic splendor won my heart and is one of the main highlights of the movie. All the main characters in this movie are rich and you will realize why once the movie culminates in its climax. And then there are the ghosts. Now I have to admit that I have seen "better" ghosts in other horror movies because the ghosts in this movie look out of shape and straight out of a child's horror story book. ( Once again if you watch the movie carefully you might actually be able to infer why the ghosts in this movie look the way they do) BUT I won't deny the fact that the movie has it's spooky moments, some of which are extremely creepy. Moments like these get a horror movie going.
So watch Crimson Peak mainly for the following reasons
(1) The spooky moments-- Not exactly the moments when you see the ghosts but the prologue to those moments are the ones to cherish.
(2) The movie's medieval Gothic architecture and the director's eye for detail that made Crimson Peak look so beautiful-- Yes, this is a ravishingly pretty horror movie. The architecture used in this movie more than makes up for all the ugly ghosts it features. If you are aspiring to be an interior decorator and want a cathedral for a home look no more beyond Crimson Peak.
3) The aristocracy-- Like I mentioned earlier there is no dearth of opulence in this movie. The costumes are amazing and there is this exquisitely glamorous feel to this horror flick.
So have a field day in the movie theater as you watch some wealthy people of the Middle Ages tackle vindictive ghosts against an immensely beautiful backdrop.
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