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Crimson Peak #FilmReview ‘Jane Austin with a dash of Mary Shelley’
November 26, 2017, 7:00 pm
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Crimson Peak (MA15+)
2015, Thriller, 1hr 58mins.
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain and Tom Hiddleston
Crimson Peak is currently available for mobile cinema events

In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds… and remembers. – via Letterboxd

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Guillermo Del Toro the director behind the brilliant ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’, ‘The Devil’s Backbone’ and the OK blockbuster ‘Pacific Rim’ returns with Crimson Peak’ that thankfully falls more on the brilliant side of his catalogue rather than the blockbuster. He takes your classic haunted house story, adds some Jane Austin, some over the top art direction and a brilliant cast to give us a creepy ghost story that opts for ‘story’ instead of scares. That said many of the ghostly moments were extremely creepy and managed to give me goosebumps on more than one occasion. This is aided by an unnerving soundscape that puts you on edge, and is enough to make a turning door knob truly terrifying. This isn’t to say that ‘Crimson Peak’ isn’t without it’s gore, as anyone who has seen ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ knows that Del Toro uses violence sparingly. But when an act of violence does occur it is always shocking, and horrific and ‘Crimson Peak’ is no exception.

Del Toro with his growing back catalogue of ghostly creature features riffs on his previous creations, ghosts that bleed zero gravity blood, much like ‘The Devil’s Backbone’. The moths that seem to be inexplicably growing in numbers linking to his earlier work on ‘Mimic’. And the facial violence of ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ is definitely in your face here as well. The one thing that took me out of the movie was the heavy handed art department, that turned the house into a living, breathing and bleeding character in the film, it was beautiful and every frame of the film is worthy of wall space in a gallery. But it felt like a film set, rather than a habitable space.

Horror fans that are after loads of jump scares and gross outs will most probably be disappointed. But if you like Jane Austin with a dash of Mary Shelley with some creepy chills thrown in, ’Crimson Peak’ should be the haunted house for you.

Rating ★★★★ out of ★★★★★

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