From the possessed imaginings of Guillermo del Toro comes a Victorian extravaganza worthy of the title 'Sensational' . Del Toro, the man behind such wonderful films as The Devil's Backbone, Pan's Labyrinth and Hellboy as well as producing The Orphanage, Mama and Kung Fu Panda 2 (all terrifying in their own way), is no stranger to terror and the grotesque as well as having a very special talent for the subtleties of horror.
|Mia Wasikowska as Edith Cushing being tucked in by her mum...|
The plot involves Edith Cushing (surely a nod to Peter Cushing), a serious young woman who wishes to be a writer of ghost stories. Sorry, not ghost stories, but stories that have ghosts in them. She herself is no stranger to spirits as from time to time she is visited by her mother who passes on a warning: 'Beware of Crimson Peak'. All this is meaningless until she falls in love with the very dashing Sir Thomas Sharpe and is whisked off back to his home Allerdale Hall in Cumberland to live with him and his extremely disconcerting sister. Turns out however, they are not the only people there...
|'Was that a bump?' 'I don't know but I'm using it as an excuse for a cuddle...'|
|Jessica Chastain as Lucille, dressed in blood red...|
|Allerdale Hall in Cumberland. Rated 2nd worst B&B by Trip Advisor.|
|Ghosts. Properly scary, drippy, terrifying ghosts...|
|Tom Hiddleston. I'm not saying anything else.|
|Charlie Hunnam and Mia Wasikowska being solidly American|
(As only a Brit and an Aussie can be...)
On the whole, I found little in the plot of Crimson Peak that surprised me yet it is a magnificent black forest gateaux of a film with unbelievably beautiful dresses, scenery chewing baddies and heroic quantities of violence. There is never a dull moment as the ground bleeds, the bath tub holds unpleasant surprises and ghosts enjoy a nice game of fetch. See it with someone you feel comfortable holding hands with and brace yourselves.
And also keep a shovel handy. You'll thank me.
Crimson Peak is on general release now.