BySteven Belknap, writer at
Over the decade my interest in films has grown to where I would like to express how movies are an influence and a reflection of our society
Steven Belknap

Crimson Peak Review

I don't normally watch horror/suspense films let alone go see one in the theater, but this is different. This film, Crimson Peak, had a few things going for it that made me want to see it. First, the movie was directed by Guillermo del Toro, who if you don't know also directed Pan's Labyrinth and Pacific Rim. Second the movie stars Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, and Charlie Hunnam. The film is a horror/suspense Gothic 19th Century period piece. All these factors provided me enough of an interest to see the film.

Right from the get go the film sets its tone of fear, suspense and dread. The set pieces, lighting and of course music really provide the fear and suspense that each character needs when the moment requires it. The actors do a decent job for their respective roles. Mia Wasikowska plays Edith, the main protagonist, Tom Hiddleston plays Thomas, Edith's Husband, Jessica Chastain plays Lucille, Thomas' Older Sister, and Charlie Hunnam plays Alan.

Edith has faced tragedy and fear in her life in the form of her mother. As an adult she tries to become a writer where she eventually encounters Thomas and his sister Lucille and through a series of events, Thomas and Edith marry. Edith moves in with Thomas and Lucille their family home. It is there where Edith's fears and troubles begin.

I don't want to say any more otherwise I will ruin the movie. Overall the movie's setting, set pieces, CGI, lighting and music are the best parts of the film. I was expecting a bit more fear and horror than what was actually in the film. I will give this film a score of 6.5 out of 10.


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