ByJanna Dk MacDonald-Walsh, writer at
Both known and forgotten horror films of the 20th Century
Janna Dk MacDonald-Walsh

A haunting modern fairy tale, with many dark turns, and secrets, you will be lost in in this Gothic story. And you will never want to leave. Told from the perspective of a young woman named Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska), whom is a young inspiring writer, and the daughter of a wealthy American named Carter Cushing (Jim Beaver). When Edith is introduced to a young baronet by the name of Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston), she is immediately caught up in an infatuation, and he appears to be as well. Carter, unlike his daughter, is less than impressed with Sharpe, and after uncovering some inconsistencies with his past is determined to put space between Sharpe and his daughter. After offering a generous sum of money to both Sharpe and his sister, Lucille (Jessica Chastain), to leave Edith alone, Carter thinks he has solved his problem. The next day, Carter is murdered, and despite her heartbreak, Edith agrees to a marriage proposal from Sharpe. After their marriage, Edith is taken across the Atlantic to England to Sharpe's mansion, Allerdale Hall, nicknamed Crimson Peak because of the red clay. What is unknown to Edith is all the horrors that have taken place at Allerdale Hall; however, due to a gift she has had since childhood, Edith can see ghosts, who come to her at night. At night, the ghosts give Edith's a warning of the horrors that will come to her if she stays a Crimson Peak. Probably of the best films of the year, we are gifted with this Gothic fairy tale from Guillermo del Toro. The acting from Wasikowska, Hiddleston, and Chastain is enchanting, anytime you have pictured a love story, with jealousy from a third party, this is the embodiment of image. The chemistry between the three is almost flawless. The set design and special effects are done beautifully, even the deepest, and ugliest parts are done with such detail, you almost forget that most of it is probably being done with CGI. Magnificent film, probably my new personal favorite from del Toro. A must see for this year.


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