Crimson Peak (2015)
Directed By Guillermo del Toro
On Sunday, i watched Crimson Peak with two friends. The main reason why I decided to watch Crimson Peak is because of the director, Guillermo del Toro. I have watched some of his other work, Pan’s Labyrinth and Pacific Rim, and I enjoyed them. I think he is one of my favorite directors even though some of his material could be absolutely frightening. I think the reason why I enjoy his work is because of his ability to combine fairy tales and horror elements within the characters he creates; in which they are terrifying, but also fascinating to look at. Crimson Peak is no exception.
The film is about an aspiring writer, Edith Cushing. She is the daughter of a wealthy businessman, Carter Cushing, and a mother that passed away when she was younger. One night, Edith sees her mother’s ghost, who warns her about Crimson Peak. After that ghostly encounter, Edith is able to see ghosts throughout her life. Edith gets romantically attached to Sir Thomas, a struggling businessman from England. Edith’s father disapproves of their relationship; in which he thinks Sir Thomas and his sister, Lucille are hiding something. One day, Mr. Cushing was brutally murdered, but it was ruled as an accident. Edith gets married to Sir Thomas, and they moved to his England home. While living at the house, Edith starts seeing ghosts.
The film is labeled as a gothic romance, and I can see why. It isn’t a horror story that people assumed it would be, instead audience are greeted with a love story in an unnatural setting. When it comes to gothic romance, audience members should come with the mindset of Edgar Allen Poe and Mary Shelley. In fact, I couldn’t help but notice the allegories of this film. For example, Lucille and Thomas live in a dilapidated Victorian home, which possess some disturbing family stories. The fact that Lucille and Thomas are reluctant to move away from the house shows their attachment towards the past, which leads them to madness.
I am not a fan of horror. So I was worried about the pop-ups. However, it wasn’t so bad. At first, I was creeped out towards how the ghosts looked; in which they are covered in blood and you see their crumbling bones. However, as the story continues, you get used to these ghosts. Rather than being terrifying, these ghosts are actually nice and are trying to help Edith. You have to look pass the grotesque appearance in order to understand the messages that the ghost are trying to tell you.
Speaking of Edith, I enjoyed her character. She isn’t a damsel-in-distress, who is afraid of everything. Instead, she is actually curious about the ghosts that are haunting the house, and tries to uncover the mystery. There was one scene where I was cringing though because I was scared that Edith might get caught for snooping around.
Overall, I really enjoyed this film. From the ghostly effects, the creepy structure of the house, and all the way to the characters’ colorful, beautiful Victorian clothes, the cinematography was amazing. Furthermore, all the actors and actresses did excellent jobs in their roles. I understand why many women love Tom Hiddleston. His voice and eyes seduce you. It got me. He is smooth.