In The Blood
♦ Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape Of Water comes out in UK cinemas on Valentine’s Day and so Tripwire’s editor-in-chief JOEL MEADOWS will be reviewing every film he has made up to this point. Today it’s the turn of his ninth film, Crimson Peak released back in 2015…
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam
So we come to del Toro’s ninth film and his last before his most recent, The Shape of Water. Crimson Peak sees him return to the world of gothic horror, a place that he is very much at home with.
Crimson Peak is the gothic horror tale of Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) who falls for the charms of Thomas Sharpe, (Hiddleston) a man who claims to be a baronet but with a very dark past, it turns out. Accompanying Sharpe is his malevolent sister Lucille (Chastain), and the pair draw Edith into their evil web of deceit.
Sharpe brings his new bride to England to the family seat, Allerdale Hall, in Cumberland in the north. But it becomes clear after a while that the pair’s intentions are anything but honourable and that naive Edith could meet a particularly grisly fate at their hands. It also becomes clear that the relationship between brother and sister is anything but healthy.
Crimson Peak is a Victorian gothic horror romance. There is a beautiful artificiality to the world that Edith and the Sharpes inhabit. Allerdale Hall was created by del Toro and his production designer Thomas E Sanders and it looks incredible.
The story builds to a very impressive crescendo and you can see that the film is a deliberate nod to the likes of Hammer and Amicus, even down to the name of the central character Edith Cushing. There is a chemistry between Hiddleston and Wasikowska and Chastain is creepier and more demented than we have ever seen her before. The horror here is very well-handled too with Doug Jones making a number of eerie appearances as Edith’s Mother and Lady Sharpe. The themes of dark secrets hidden and a twisted love story run through this film like a demented stick of Blackpool rock.
Crimson Peak isn’t quite up there with his best work but it is still a very well-crafted horror movie, which was a bit of a return to form after the disappointment of Pacific Rim. It showed that his aptitude for horror hadn’t deserted him.
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