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.
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as Edith Cushing
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Critic Reviews for Crimson Peak
Crimson Peak is an effort to make a throwback movie with modern effects and modern sex scenes, but it can't contend with the modern gaze with which we're looking at it.
Del Toro builds a tight plot but never develops it; his frames are overdecorated with macabre clutter and smothered in shadow, but the atmosphere of dread never reaches ecstatic excesses.
All the carefully orchestrated color schemes and all the dark corridors and secret chambers and all the flowing red metaphors in the world can't accelerate the slow patches, or make us care about lead characters.
The real wonder is the sumptuous production design by Thomas E. Sanders, whose darkly colorful sets were inspired by Stanley Kubrick's The Shining.
Del Toro just goes for effect, and the effect he seems to be going for here is something like, "Ew, Guillermo, that's really gross."
Audience Reviews for Crimson Peak
Has its faults, but pretty good horror/thriller. A few things didn't pay out which I thought would,and less ghostly than I expected, but the explanation was still pretty twisted and dark. An excessive amount of knives and stabbing though.
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.
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.
Crimson Peak Quotes
|Lady Sharpe:||I heard you the first time.|
|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.|
|Young Edith Cushing:||How do you manage this house?|
|Ghost:||Beware of Crimson Peak!|
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