"Disgusting Doesn’t Begin to Describe It"
CRIMSON PEAK is one of the most disturbing and demented horror movies in recent years from Director Guillermo del Toro (PAN’S LABYRINTH, PACIFIC RIM).
Edith is a wannabe novelist in 19th Century New York who, ever since her mother died when she was young, has been able to see ghosts. Her experience with ghosts now inspiring her writing. Edith tries to submit her work for publishing, but of course, nobody takes her seriously because she’s a woman writer who refuses to write love stories. Her caring, successful entrepreneurial father encourages Edith’s creativity, even if he believes her to be too stubborn.
A mysterious and charming Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston) and his sister Lucille come to New York to pitch an invention to Edith’s father for investment. Edith is immediately drawn to Thomas. Thomas is very quickly rejected by Edith’s father, Carter, however, who suspects Thomas and Lucille are hiding something. Nonetheless, Thomas romances Edith behind her father’s back, and the two fall in love. When Carter hires an investigator to dig up information on Thomas and Lucille, what he finds forces him to attempt to bribe the siblings to leave America, but they murder Carter, making it look like an accident.
With no one else in her life, Edith marries Thomas, and the two go back to Britain to live in his estate. Thomas and Lucille reside in a mansion that sits in a mountain filled region known as crimson peak, due to the clay soil which turns the snow dark red. Upon arriving at the dark, crumbling gothic building now her home, Edith begins to see a ghastly ghost around the house. As she investigates and explores, Edith notices that Thomas and Lucille are hiding something, and they aren’t who they say they are; and, who are the ghosts that haunt the mansion?
CRIMSON PEAK is a mysterious gothic horror romance movie that becomes incredibly dull and disturbing once the twists are made known. Though it’s a major spoiler (in more ways than one), the final reveal is that Thomas and Lucille planned to steal all of Edith’s money left to her by her dead father for their own endeavors. This is all fueled by an incestuous relationship between Thomas and Lucille that began as children because their parents neglected them. As children, Thomas and Lucille murdered their mother. Now, her ghost, and the ghosts of all the other women from whom they’ve coerced money, haunts the mansion. The one thing they didn’t anticipate is that Edith can see the ghosts and that Thomas would actually fall in love with his new bride.
CRIMSON PEAK tries to be classic, fresh and modern all at the same time, but doesn’t succeed at being any of these. A throwback to older haunted house movies of the 1960s, del Toro misses huge opportunities for suspense and trades it for shock value.
Disturbing and abhorrent, there’s very little that’s redeeming in CRIMSON PEAK other than the fact that putting ones love in the wrong places leads to death. The two positive characters are Carter, the loving father, and Dr. Alan, an honorable admirer of Edith who goes to great lengths to save her. Overall, the movie’s occult nature, despicable twist and graphic violence taint even the most beautiful cinematography and intricate production design. It’s an abhorrent movie that should be avoided.
(OOO, RoRoRo, B, C, P, Cap, L, VVV, SS, N, A, MMM) Very strong occult worldview with very strong Romantic elements, with light moral character portrayals, a Christian funeral, and a good character makes a strong American capitalistic statement; three obscenities including a f-word; strong graphic violence, man’s head smashed open against a sink, skeleton like ghosts that look more similar to zombies than anything else appear thorough the movie, man stabbed in the face with a knife, man is stabbed in the side, woman falls off balcony, women fight and slash each other with knives, gushing blood, and many frightening images and descriptions of deaths; depicted sex with mostly clothed woman and woman catches a brother and sister in some sort of undress and foreplay, with described incestuous relationship; woman in bathtub (nothing explicit shown), upper male nudity, rear male nudity; light alcohol use; no smoking or drug use; and, lying, revenge, lawlessness, deception, and polygamy.
CRIMSON PEAK is one of the most disturbing, demented horror movies in recent years from Director Guillermo del Toro. Edith is a wannabe novelist in 19th Century New York who, ever since her mother died when she was young, has been able to see ghosts. As a young lady, Edith tries to submit her work for publishing, but of course, nobody takes her seriously. When a mysterious Sir Thomas Sharpe and his sister Lucille come to New York, Thomas charms Edith into falling in love with him and moving to his dark, crumbling estate in the mountains of Northern England. It’s revealed that the estate is haunted by ghosts of murdered women.
CRIMSON PEAK is a mysterious gothic horror romance movie that becomes incredibly dull once the twists are made known. There’s very little that’s redeeming in CRIMSON PEAK other than the fact that putting one’s love in the wrong places leads to death. Overall, CRIMSON PEAK’s occult nature, despicable twist and graphic violence taint even the most beautiful cinematography and intricate production design. It’s an abhorrent movie that should be avoided.