Crimson Peak (2015) - Rotten Tomatoes

Crimson Peak (2015)



Critic Consensus: Crimson Peak offers an engaging -- albeit somewhat slight -- diversion driven by a delightfully creepy atmosphere and director Guillermo del Toro's brilliant knack for unforgettable visuals.

Movie Info

When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay: a place filled with secrets that will haunt her forever. Between desire and darkness, between mystery and madness, lies the truth behind Crimson Peak. From the imagination of director Guillermo del Toro comes a supernatural mystery starring Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Charlie Hunnam (C) Universalmore
Rating: R (for bloody violence, some sexual content and brief strong language)
Genre: Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Guillermo del Toro, Matthew Robbins, Lucinda Coxon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 9, 2016
Universal Pictures - Official Site


Mia Wasikowska
as Edith Cushing
Jessica Chastain
as Lady Lucille Sharpe
Tom Hiddleston
as Sir Thomas Sharpe
Charlie Hunnam
as Dr. Alan McMichael
Jim Beaver
as Carter Cushing
Leslie Hope
as Mrs. McMichael
Emily Coutts
as Eunice McMichael
Bruce Gray
as William Ferguson
Laura Waddell
as Pamela Upton
Amanda Smith
as Beatrice
Alec Stockwell
as William Findlay
Sofia Wells
as Young Edith Cushing
Matia Jackett
as Young Eunice
Gillian Ferrier
as Society Girl
Kimberly-Sue Murray
as Society Girl
Peter Spence
as Hotel Manager
Martin Julien
as Postal Clerk
Myrna Moretti
as Party Guest
Tamara Hope
as Society Jane #2
Doug Jones
as Lady Sharpe
Javier Botet
as Enola/Margaret/Pamel...
Brigitte Robinson
as Secretary Jane
Bill Lake
as Coroner
Danny Waugh
as Club Attendant
Karen Glave
as Maid #1
Tim Blake
as Reverend
Brian Kaulback
as Vendor #1
Richard Kerr
as Vendor #2
Shane McPherson
as Vendor #3
Thomas Dorey
as Architect
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News & Interviews for Crimson Peak

Critic Reviews for Crimson Peak

All Critics (213) | Top Critics (33)

It compensates for its lack of psychological finesse... by the lush visuals that background this grotesque romance. There's a lot of crimson in this delicious tale, and we're happy to savour it all.

Full Review… | May 10, 2016
Bangkok Post

In someone else's hands, "Crimson Peak" might have come off as a costume drama shot out of a cannon, but del Toro's is, crucially, a costume drama shot by a cannon.

Full Review… | April 9, 2016

For all its feeling of a throwaway penny dreadful, Crimson Peak looks gorgeous ... Still, it's the film's smaller moments that set the mind racing.

Full Review… | April 6, 2016
South China Morning Post

There's a sexuality and passion - inspired by the gothic romance genre of the 1940s Hollywood - bubbling beneath the stunning surface of Crimson Peak, but it never really finds its way into proceedings in an affective way.

Full Review… | April 5, 2016

With a reasonable smattering of gore, and some absolutely breathtaking set and costume design, del Toro's final product is a truly unique beast.

Full Review… | March 3, 2016

You can feel Del Toro's seal and personality, but it unfortunately misses the level of his better works, and you can feel the studio's pressure all around. [Full Review in Spanish]

Full Review… | March 2, 2016

Audience Reviews for Crimson Peak

Goth horror, baby, and how. Del Toro finally earns his rep. A great cast. Production out the wazoo. Lush and evocative, standing squarely alongside of The Others. Does Jessica Chastain need a footstool cause my calendars open.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


After a red-tinted Universal logo, Guillermo del Toro already telegraphs Edith Cushing's (Mia Wasikowska) bruised survival with a flash-forward to the snowy aftermath. Del Toro typically underwhelms in terms of storytelling when he constructs rococo architecture via a Hammer Horror production. His latest letdown is the colorfully splashy, but flameless Crimson Peak which is being erroneously advertised as a bone-chilling ghost story. Instead it's a gothic romance and bodice-ripper between a baronet and a dilettante. VFX smoke billows around the poltergeists and the extra digital frippery robs the ghosts of any otherworldly aura. By the way, the figments are also revealed to be metaphors; which is cannily exposed when Edith talks about her rough-draft manuscript. Del Toro usually encapsulates time epochs well (the Spanish Civil war in 'The Devil's Backbone') and he is finely attuned to the early 20th century with the cholera epidemic, clay mining, allusions to Mary Shelley and Edith's father, Carter's (Jim Beaver) mandate that "in America, we bank on effort". Without the spectral warnings or kaleidoscopic visuals (an ant colony devouring a butterfly), the film is ultimately a disengaging episode of Downton Abbey. However, Del Toro is nimble with his sleigh-of-hand under edge-of-your-seat circumstances. For instance, an elitist bath room death appears to be leading up to a throat slit but it jangles us with a blunt-force bludgeoning into a porcelain sink.

Cory Taylor
Cory Taylor

Super Reviewer

What is most splendid in this Gothic tale is its sumptuous production design, costumes and Technicolor-like cinematography - all of which should be awarded a thousand-fold - at the service of an atmospheric horror story comparable to the finest works of Shelley and Poe.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Crimson Peak Quotes

Lady Sharpe: I heard you the first time.
– Submitted by Robert M (7 months ago)
Mrs. McMichael: She's our very own Jane Austen, She died an old maid, didn't she?
Young Edith Cushing: Actually, I'd rather be Mary Shelly; she died a widow.
– Submitted by Amanda Z (7 months ago)
Young Edith Cushing: How do you manage this house?
– Submitted by rob g (7 months ago)
Ghost: Beware of Crimson Peak!
– Submitted by rob g (7 months ago)

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