I don’t normally read other reviews of horror films as much as I did for Guillermo del Toro’s “Crimson Peak.” Immediately after seeing the movie, I think I enjoyed it, but now that some time has passed I’m feeling a bit neutral about it. A lot of the reviews I read were unhappy with the story and/or the dialogue in the movie. I didn’t particularly have a problem with this, I think it was a pretty basic ghost/haunted house story.
When you’re going to see a horror-related film by Guillermo del Toro, you’re going for the aesthetic anyway. There’s no doubt his films are very nice to look at and “Crimson Peak” is no exception. There were also many reviews about how the symbolism was very “in-your-face” and obvious, but I actually enjoyed this. The way certain foreshadowing techniques and symbolism were presented in the film made me think of novels. More specifically, those wonderful novels with the beautiful and descriptive imagery; that’s what this film is like. The way the ghosts looked, and the way the house and grounds looked like they were straight out of some gothic horror novel. I loved it.
As for the predictable plot twist, I didn’t find it all that predictable. I got a few hints and clues from the way Lucille Sharpe (Jessica Chastain) behaved when her younger brother Thomas (Tom Hiddleston) interacted with our protagonist Edith (Mia Wasikowska). For most of the film, however, I thought it was just jealousy born from protectiveness for her brother. I was NOT expecting incest, so the twist actually surprised me a bit. The part about Thomas having married all these women so Lucille could kill them for their money was pretty obvious, though. I liked how del Toro made Thomas more tragic than evil, though. When the twist is revealed, I automatically moved Lucille and Thomas into the villain category, but you start to see that Lucille is a bit more controlling and crazy. She is the older sibling, so I get the feeling that Thomas, while he loves his sister, is being manipulated a bit, and he’s confused because he actually has feeling for Edith, as well.
For this, Lucille stabs Thomas in the face.
That was pretty awesome.
You don’t see people getting stabbed in the face too often.
Overall, I would recommend this film, especially if you’re a fan of sets and costumes and such; this is the film for you. It’s not too terrible scary, though, so if you’re watching for horror, I would look elsewhere.