Crimson Peak (DVD)
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|Contributor||Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, Charlie Hunnam, Guillermo Del Toro|
|Runtime||1 hour and 59 minutes|
Guillermo del Toro co-writes and directs this gothic horror starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam. Set in rural Cumbria in the 19th century, the film follows young author Edith Cushing (Wasikowska) as she meets and falls in love with the wealthy and mysterious Sir Thomas Sharpe (Hiddleston). However, after Edith moves into Crimson Peak, the Sharpe family home, to live with Thomas and his sister Lady Lucille (Chastain) she realises that there is much more to the Sharpe family and house than meets the eye...
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Package Dimensions : 18 x 13.8 x 1.5 cm; 85 Grams
- Director : Guillermo Del Toro
- Media Format : DVD, PAL
- Run time : 1 hour and 59 minutes
- Release date : 25 February 2016
- Actors : Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam
- Dubbed: : English
- Studio : UniversalSony
- ASIN : B01EDDCTEY
- Country of origin : Australia
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 13,775 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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All I can say is that person must have lead a sheltered life!
Beautifully filmed and very visually appealing but a predictable gothic horror story- nothing too original or shocking or clever
Young sheltered teens /early 20s might find this appealing though
I may have had a mental breakdown for 3 days cause I didn't understand the Brother and sister relationship
don't worry I did go to therapy and I'm all better.
it seems like I'm making it out to be bad when its not I loved it a great movie
And Guillermo del Toro loves them. Every single one. Every trope. Otherwise, "Crimson Peak" wouldn't be the love letter to gothic fiction that it is -- a sensual, ripe, rich-looking movie that mingles gothic romance with a sense of creeping horror... and, you know, a few howling ghosts. With a dream cast of Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowski, del Toro sculpts a beautifully grotesque piece of art that drapes its skeletons in black lace and silk.
As a child, Edith Cushing (Wasikowska) was visited by the ghost of her mother, who warned her "Beware of Crimson Peak." Vague, but chilling. Fourteen years later, Edith is an aspiring author who wants to write stories about ghosts instead of girly romances, which brings her in contact with the impoverished baronet Sir Thomas Sharpe (Hiddleston) and his weird, icy sister Lucille (Chastain). Sharpe is hoping that Edith's father will invest in a clay-mining invention that he's developing, but Mr. Cushing (Jim Beaver) is not impressed.
He's even less impressed when he finds that Edith is falling in love with Thomas, due to his elegance and advice on her writing. He tries to bribe the siblings into leaving Boston for good. Then he's murdered by a mysterious figure, although the authorities believe that it was an accident.
A grieving Edith quickly marries Sir Thomas, and he whisks her away to his remote ancestral estate in England, a vast, rotting mansion that is slowly sinking into the red clay mine underneath it. As Edith explores her new home, she finds that this mansion has some literal ghosts -- terrifying red-soaked specters that seem to be trying to warn her. As she slowly unearths the horrors of Allerdale Hall, she begins to realize the terrible secrets that her new husband is keeping from her... and the terrible fate that awaits her.
In a way, "Crimson Peak" is a sequel to del Toro's previous movie "The Devil's Backbone" -- most of the horror comes from very human evils, with the ghosts not being scary or threatening. But this one is pure gothic romance, and not just because he happily name-drops Jane Austen and Mary Shelley. Every image and concept associated with gothic "blood and thunder tales" can be found here. Dashing, brooding man with a secret? Check. Girl running around in a trailing white gown? Check. Big scary house with spooky places you're not supposed to go? Coughing up blood? Strange deaths? Check. Check. CHECK!
In fact, this movie practically drips with luscious, beautifully-decayed gothic atmosphere -- the dead leaves and snow fluttering through the gaping hole in Allerdale's main hall, the damp rooms filled with creepy toys and flickering shadows, the black moths fluttering around the heroine as she floats through the ornately-spiky halls. It's a visual feast, but an unsettling one.
The entire plot is a slow-building mass of suspense that explodes into bloody, fluttering violence at the end, but del Toro does pause to develop the characters in a very organic way (Edith's tearful ramble about her father's clothing choices after identifying his body). And while some of the dialogue can be cliched ("You're so... different." "From who?" "Everyone"), del Toro manages a Victorian style of speech that seems natural and fluid ("I advise you to return to your ghosts and fancies, the sooner the better. You know precious little about the human heart or love or the pain that comes with it!").
The biggest problem with the story? Well... I saw the big twist coming from the beginning of the movie. It's really very obvious, and at times you just want Edith to catch up to what is obviously going on. But hey, she's a sheltered naive young girl in the late Victorian period, so perhaps she can be forgiven for not cluing in.
And in that regard, Wasikowski does pretty well. Her acting seems a bit tremulous, but she does convincingly depict a naive, sheltered young woman who thinks she's more worldly-wise than she is, only to discover that the world is crueler than she ever dreamed. And Hiddleston is absolutely perfect as Sir Thomas -- he's elegant and charming, making use of the actor's natural charisma and wide-eyed intensity. Yet he's also a weak-willed man who has done terrible things, and Hiddleston manages to make you both despise and like him by the movie's end.
On the flipside, Chastain gives a downright eerie performance as Lucille, a lady who seems to have only two settings: homicidal rage and icy remoteness. At times she seems a bit over-the-top, but her slow unraveling is genuinely scary. Charlie Hunnam and Jim Beaver also give good, robust performances as Edith's earnest admirer and her genial dad.
"Crimson Peak" is an exquisite little monster -- it's Guillermo del Toro dabbling in classic gothic romance, spinning his own story as he pays homage to others. Great performances, eerie atmosphere and a rotting haunted mansion.... what's not to love?
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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.
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.
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.
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
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
KEYS TO DECIPHERING CRIMSON PEAK BY GULLERMO DEL TORO
Features Commentary with Co-Writer/Director Gullermo Del Toro
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
Plot wise all you really need to know going in are the basics - sweet and innocent Edith (Mia Wasikowska) goes to live with her charming new beau Thomas (Tom Hiddleston) and his enigmatic, cold sister Lucille (Jessica Chastain) in a crumbling old English mansion back in 1887. Then things start to go bump in the night - they always do.....
From here we veer from gothic melodrama to ghost story to moments of sudden, intense violence and back again. There's plenty of the crimson stuff to keep us going alongside quieter moments of nerve bothering creepiness. It all looks fantastic with some imaginative, memorable visuals and the house itself oozes and creeks like an almost living breathing character all of its own. The cast are game for it all and there's just about enough plot to compliment the arresting imagery. Recommended for a bit of stylish, glossy horror.