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Crimson Peak

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6.51 h 58 min2015X-Ray15
A woman (Mia Wasikowska) investigates ghostly visions at a remote gothic mansion where she lives with her new husband (Tom Hiddleston) and mysterious sister-in-law (Jessica Chastain). Beware.
Directors
Guillermo Del Toro
Starring
Mia WasikowskaJessica ChastainTom Hiddleston
Genres
HorrorDramaSuspense
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
English
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Supporting actors
Charlie HunnamJim BeaverBurn GormanLeslie HopeDoug JonesJonathan HydeBruce GrayEmily CouttsAlec Stockwell
Producers
Thomas TullJon JashniGuillermo Del ToroCallum Greene
Studio
Universal
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Alcohol usefrightening scenesnuditysexual contentviolence
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4.4 out of 5 stars

2840 global ratings

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  2. 14% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 11% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 3% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 4% of reviews have 1 stars
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Tori HeaneyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 October 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
My go to movie.
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One of my top three movies of all time. This, (for me), is the perfect balance of horror, thriller, drama, romance, gothic, noir and all that good stuff in between. Brilliantly cast and brilliantly acted, this is definitely a very under recognised movie; not only can I watch this film again and again but I enjoy each individual second of it. Very hard to find these days! It captures the attention and manages to hold it throughout the film, not because you want to know whats going to happen as it is pretty obvious from the beginning that something is wrong - but that's the best bit! It holds no secrets and keeps you informed while you watch the plot-line gracefully unravel before your eyes. Even though you know exactly whats going on, it keeps you nervous and excited the whole way there. My go to film.
29 people found this helpful
Mr. D. L. ReesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 August 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
SERIOUSLY?
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In the 1860s, a beautiful young American heiress instantly falls for a handsome impoverished English baronet. Needless to say, he has a secret agenda. Soon she is whisked off to his dilapidated stately home. There snow comes through the roof and butterflies incongruously flutter. Parts of the house are unsafe, best avoided. Add a creepy sister, an over the top ghost, candlelit explorations at night, a lift with a mind of its own, increasing awareness of a devish plot being hatched. Meanwhile, back in the States, a would-be suitor (again handsome of course) suspects something is very wrong and decides to investigate. Will he arrive in time...?

Visually stylish, but this is practically the only thing to be said in the film's favour. Normally such offerings are enjoyed, anticipation great for an entertaining shudder or two. Not this time. Cliches abound. Several sequences are almost like a spoof of the genre - not least the ludicrous climax.

In short? A bitter disappointment, all the more so because of some of names involved.
14 people found this helpful
Valerie J.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 January 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Horror story with extreme violence
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I bought the Bluray of Crimson Peak although I had previously seen the movie. It was certainly worth a second viewing. The Bluray is excellent in quality both sound and video, and there are a few extras like a Feature Commentary, some deleted scenes, and more.

It's 1887, Buffalo, New York. Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) is a beautiful young woman with a mind of her own. She likes to write ghost stories and her sights are on being a successful author, not a wife. Her doting father (Jim Beaver), an affluent businessman, accepts her single-mindedness although he does point out that Dr Alan McMichael (Charlie Hunnam) is an admirer. Then along comes Baronet Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddlestone) and sister Lucille (Jessica Chastain). Edith is soon besotted by Thomas' sophistication and old-world charm. He has a mansion back in Cumberland, England, just waiting for them.

Crimson Peak (2015) is a romantic gothic horror mystery. It's stylish and aesthetically pleasing, gloriously colourful but with scenes of bloody violence that are beyond anything I recall seeing in a Quentin Tarantino movie. The costume designers deserved an Oscar for this one but, shock horror, Crimson Peak did not receive one single Oscar nomination. Guillermo del Toro would have been justified in feeling snubbed. Everything about this movie—locations, settings, costumes—is a sight for sore eyes and even though I agree totally with the critic who said that beautiful settings and costumes did not necessarily make a good movie, I thought the storyline was engaging, the casting and acting spot on but, sadly, there are events which are highly implausible (even for a horror story), particularly towards the end. It is definitely not for children, as the classification of 15 indicates. It's dark, nastily violent at times, and there is a short scene of sexual horizontal tango between Wasikowska and Hiddleston (nothing shocking—just a glimpse of Tom's bum). There's very little by way of strong language. Believe it or not I watched the whole of Crimson Peak thinking that Mia Wasikowska was Gwyneth Paltrow! Yep. I did.
15 people found this helpful
Kevin S.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 January 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Crimson Peak - Arrow Special Edition Blu-ray
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A great new release of Guillermo Del Toro’s visually sumptuous gothic romance.

When young American Edith Cushing is swept off her feet by older British Aristocrat Sir Thomas Sharpe she is torn between him and her father. But when her father dies in a terrible accident she finds herself transported to Allerdale Hall, the Sharpe family seat to live with Thomas and his sister Lucille. But amidst the towering, crumbling, remote mansion lie secrets and mysteries to be discovered.

The film itself was slightly, I think, mislabelled as a horror film when it came out, but in fact it’s a gothic romance with some elements of the supernatural. Outright horror it isn’t. While the plot may by the end be straightforward (Del Toro admits in the commentary he favours simple plot married to complex characters and creating an in-depth world) enough the reason I enjoy it so much is actually the astonishing level of detail Del Toro presents visually. From it’s first scene to its last it’s a feast for the eyes and every frame has the mark of the genuine artist Del Toro is. That may not work for everyone, obviously, but it works for me.

The beauty of this new release here lies in the presentation - a hard cardboard outer box which resembles a bound book, complete with fabric bookmark inside with the Blu-ray disc at the bottom and on top a folded art poster, postcards, and a cardboard bound hardback book. When unfolded out it’s absolutely terrific to admire.

The extras are a mix of what was present on the original Universal Blu-ray (so, a Guillermo Del Toro commentary which is well worth a listen as he gets quite detailed about the themes and context of his choices, alongside just over an hour of featurettes) and new material which runs over 90 minutes and includes a newly edited making of documentary (from archival material though), and interviews and video essays which cover the films context in the literary and cinematic history of gothic romance incarnations.

I already had the original release to be honest but don’t regret paying for this new edition and if ‘Crimson Peak’ is a particular favourite, then I’d argue it’s worth it.
7 people found this helpful
LavenderReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 November 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Tedious
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The sets are absolutely beautiful, like very well drawn fantasy comic books both real and unreal at the same time. I'm not an historian of costume so whether or not there was much by way of historical accuracy I couldn't say but the players' dress had pretty visual impact. Copiously muddy streets in places proved not to inconvenience the wearer.

I found the characters lacked depth. This is all just my impression of the film and actors.

Jessica Chastain looked rather fetching with raven black hair and gave a strong screen presence to her character Lucille Sharpe, the sister of Baronet Sir Thomas Sharpe.

Thomas Hiddleston played Baronet Sir Thomas Sharpe and despite being English, Eton and Cambridge educated, managed to sound like a caricature of a well bred Victorian Englishman . There was a lack of wickedness and cruelty to his portrayal that seemed out of place.

James Beaver as Carter Cushing, a wealthy American businessman, gave strong screen presence to his character Jim Beaver and it is regrettable that his time on screen was somewhat short.

Maria Wasikowska as Edith Cushing, the daughter and sole heir of Carter Cushing, had a slow delivery of lines that to me came across as a posh telephone voice. The character seemed rather self absorbed and self centred with a rather high opinion of herself considering that her hard working father had given her everything and was the only reason she could indulge herself with her fantasy of being a published author. Lacking gratitude she was casually cruel to him and this I did not appreciate. She was weak having her head turned by the first handsome silver tongued rogue that came along casting aside the nice guy (a cliche of nice guys always come second and the ladies always love the bad guy) who is her Knight in Shinning Armour saviour in the end at great cost to himself. Very beautiful with outlandishly long hair just made for a floaty run through the high ceiling-ed halls of a derelict gothic mansion that didn't quite have the impact of a Mia Sara run through the labyrinth underground halls in Legend with the hauntingly beautiful score of Tangerine Dream.

I have absolutely no interest in romance in films, and never have done much preferring detectives, ghosts, spy thrillers, action and adventure, but even to me there was a lack of fire in in those scenes. It was screamingly obvious from the get go that the Baronet was after the rich girl's money, the ghosts had an horrific appearance rather than ghostly and largely could be ignored as part of the plot (it passed me by that the lift in the dilapidated English mansion had a mind of its own and had taken her to some sort of sub basement in order to force her discovery of a clue to the machinations of the brother and sister plotters).

In places the film clipped along and in places it was utterly tedious. Due to the patches of tedium I dropped my rating from three to two stars. For me it was an ok film that I couldn't bear to watch in places and only got to the end with a rather copious use of the 10 second fast forward.

Maybe I was tired when I watched this film but I didn't get much out of it and cannot imagine watching it again.
mihosReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 June 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Striking, but shallow.
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Visually striking,as you would expect from a director of the quality of del Toro but sadly lacking in the depth achieved in his earlier films such as "Cronos""The Devils Backbone" and the sublime "Pans Labyrinth". This just seems to be an uninspired haunted house affair embellished by plentiful CGI effects woven around an implausible plot and mostly set in an unrecognizable England. A disappointment, it feels lightweight and rushed, a pity because Guillermo del Toro is one of the finest directors around this is just not one of his best.
2 people found this helpful
rbmusicman/and/movie-fan'Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 February 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
'DELICIOUSLY WICKED'
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Edith Cushing' loses her mother at a young age but is still watched over while she grows up.
Years have past, a stranger seeking financial assistance for his project walks into the naive 'Edith's' (Mia Wasikowska) life
sweeping her off her feet.
'Baronet Thomas Sharpe' (Tom Hiddleston) is in America with his sister the manipulative 'Lady Lucille' (Jessica Chastain)
'Edith's' father 'Carter' a wealthy businessman (Jim Beaver) has his suspicions about the pair and have them investigated,
when he discovers his doubts to be well founded he pays them of insisting they return to 'Cumbria' in England and that his
daughter is cruelly jilted by the charismatic 'Thomas' so she will easily forget him.
However, when 'Carter' is mysteriously and brutally murdered, 'Thomas' rekindles the relationship with 'Edith' and they are
married.
Thomas along with sister 'Lucille' take 'Edith' back to England to their run-down family home 'Allerdale Hall' (Crimson Peak)
it's a place of shadows, ghostly images and deadly secrets, why has 'Edith' really been brought to this place, what does
Thomas' and the controlling 'Lucille' have in mind for the heiress.
Meanwhile back in America a concerned friend 'Dr Alan McMichael' (Charlie Hunnam) has discovered the secrets 'Edith's'
father had before his violent death, but can he act in time to foil the evil intent of those at Crimson Peak ??
If she does survive - Crimson Peak is a place she'll never forget.
A deliciously wicked plot which does have some eerie sequences with it's ghostly imagery and scenes of violence....worth a
spin.
Features -
KEYS TO DECIPHERING CRIMSON PEAK BY GULLERMO DEL TORO
Features Commentary with Co-Writer/Director Gullermo Del Toro
Deleted Scenes
I Remember Crimson Peak
A Primer on Gothic Romance
Hand Tailored Gothic
The Light and Dark of Crimson Peak
A Living Thing
Beware of Crimson Peak
Crimson Phantoms
8 people found this helpful
OzymandiasReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 January 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Visually beautiful, but the film otherwise didn't surprise in any way.
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As many are saying this is a visual spectacle, colourful, beautiful camera angles, clever special effects. But the story is nothing special at all. It's mostly predictable and very similar plot lines to a hundred other films.

Considering it is a creation of Guillermo Del Toro, which in my case was the reason I took interest in it, it pales in comparison to the majesty and storytelling of Pan's Labyrinth. But to be fair that is a ridiculously high bar to get anywhere near so that also was not a surprise. It would have been truly great to see a film of that quality though so I had to give it a watch.
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