Crimson Peak


Crimson Peak

Overview:

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.

Votes 1424 (6.4/10)

Runtime: 119 minutes

Release Date 2015-10-13

Budget: $55,000,000.00

Revenue: $74,679,822.00

Website: Link

Tagline: Beware.

Production company:

  • Legendary Pictures

Production country:

  • Canada
  • United States of America

Genres:

  • Mystery
  • Thriller
  • Fantasy
  • Horror
  • Drama

Trailer

Further Information

Edith Cushing
Mia Wasikowska
Mia Wasikowska
Lady Lucille Sharpe
Jessica Chastain
Jessica Chastain
Sir Thomas Sharpe
Tom Hiddleston
Tom Hiddleston
Dr. Alan McMichael
Charlie Hunnam
Charlie Hunnam
Carter Cushing
Jim Beaver
Jim Beaver
Holly
Burn Gorman
Burn Gorman
Enola / Margaret / Pamela
Javier Botet
Javier Botet
Young Edith
Sofia Wells
Sofia Wells
Eunice McMichael
Emily Coutts
Emily Coutts
Pamela Upton
Laura Waddell
Laura Waddell
Edith's Mother / Lady Sharpe
Doug Jones
Doug Jones
Voice Actor
Ron Bottitta
Ron Bottitta
Mrs. McMichael
Leslie Hope
Leslie Hope
Ogilvie
Jonathan Hyde
Jonathan Hyde
Ferguson
Bruce Gray
Bruce Gray
Beatrice
Amanda Smith
Amanda Smith
Director
Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro
Editor
Bernat Vilaplana
Bernat Vilaplana
Writer
Matthew Robbins
Matthew Robbins
Producer
Callum Greene
Callum Greene
Score Engineer
Devin Roth
Devin Roth
Director of Photography
Dan Laustsen
Dan Laustsen
Original Music Composer
Fernando Velázquez
Fernando Velázquez
Costume Design
Kate Hawley
Kate Hawley
Production Design
Thomas E. Sanders
Thomas E. Sanders
Writer
Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro
Producer
Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro
Producer
Jon Jashni
Jon Jashni
Producer
Thomas Tull
Thomas Tull
Executive Producer
Jillian Share
Jillian Share
Art Direction
Brandt Gordon
Brandt Gordon
Casting
Robin D. Cook
Robin D. Cook
Set Decoration
Jeffrey A. Melvin
Jeffrey A. Melvin
Set Decoration
Shane Vieau
Shane Vieau
Art Department Coordinator
Dusty Reeves
Dusty Reeves
Special Effects Coordinator
Rocco Larizza
Rocco Larizza
Casting Associate
Jonathan Oliveira
Jonathan Oliveira
Casting Associate
Justin Turner
Justin Turner
Assistant Costume Designer
Renee Fontana
Renee Fontana
Assistant Costume Designer
Anna Lombardi
Anna Lombardi
Costume Supervisor
Cori Burchell
Cori Burchell
Seamstress
Sylvie Bonniere
Sylvie Bonniere
Music Editor
Katrina Schiller
Katrina Schiller
Music Editor
David Slusser
David Slusser
Music Editor
Andre Zweers
Andre Zweers
Music Supervisor
Margaret Yen
Margaret Yen
Music Supervisor
Peter Afterman
Peter Afterman
Script Supervisor
Dug Rotstein
Dug Rotstein
Choreographer
Amy Wright
Amy Wright
Camera Operator
Robert Stecko
Robert Stecko
Steadicam Operator
Gilles Corbeil
Gilles Corbeil
Gaffer
Tom Starnes
Tom Starnes
First Assistant Camera
Mark Cyre
Mark Cyre
First Assistant Camera
Joseph Micomonaco
Joseph Micomonaco
Rigging Gaffer
Paul Spaven
Paul Spaven
Animation
Martin Hesselink
Martin Hesselink
Animation
Peter Dydo
Peter Dydo
Special Effects Supervisor
Michael Innanen
Michael Innanen
VFX Editor
Brandon Schaafsma
Brandon Schaafsma
Visual Effects Coordinator
Nick Colangelo
Nick Colangelo
Visual Effects Coordinator
Celine Zoleta
Celine Zoleta
Visual Effects Producer
Jo Hughes
Jo Hughes
Visual Effects Supervisor
Dennis Berardi
Dennis Berardi
Dialogue Editor
Brian Chumney
Brian Chumney
ADR & Dubbing
Brian Chumney
Brian Chumney
Dialogue Editor
Richard Quinn
Richard Quinn
ADR & Dubbing
Richard Quinn
Richard Quinn
Dialogue Editor
Bjorn Ole Schroeder
Bjorn Ole Schroeder
ADR & Dubbing
Bjorn Ole Schroeder
Bjorn Ole Schroeder
Foley
Ronni Brown
Ronni Brown
Sound Designer
Randy Thom
Randy Thom
Sound Effects Editor
Marc Bech
Marc Bech
Sound Effects Editor
Scott Guitteau
Scott Guitteau
Sound Effects Editor
Leff Lefferts
Leff Lefferts
Sound Effects Editor
Albert Ribas
Albert Ribas
Sound Effects Editor
Robert Shoup
Robert Shoup
Sound Effects Editor
Mac Smith
Mac Smith
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Mark Zsifkovits
Mark Zsifkovits
Supervising Sound Editor
Dennis Leonard
Dennis Leonard
Supervising Sound Editor
Randy Thom
Randy Thom
Hair Department Head
Cliona Furey
Cliona Furey
Hairstylist
Stephanie Ingram
Stephanie Ingram
Key Hair Stylist
Paula Fleet
Paula Fleet
Makeup Department Head
Jordan Samuel
Jordan Samuel
Makeup Artist
Linda Dowds
Linda Dowds
Makeup Artist
Mario Cacioppo
Mario Cacioppo
Digital Intermediate
Kevin Downer
Kevin Downer
Digital Intermediate
Dave Muscat
Dave Muscat
First Assistant Editor
Cam McLauchlin
Cam McLauchlin

Frank Ochieng

The feasting of the eyes comes to mind when realizing the polished opulence of writer-director Guillermo del Toro’s Gothic supernatural production Crimson Peak. Undeniably luscious and wonderfully bizarre, Crimson Peak is a psycho-sexual thriller that resonates with the enticing visual senses and registers with the proper amount of off-kilter seduction and twisted charm. For filmmaker del Toro his unconventional narratives have always been peppered in exquisite bounciness regardless of their hit-or-miss effectiveness. In joining past del Toro genre-ridden offerings that range from the revered cult-like stimulation of Pan’s Labyrinth to the misplaced but eye-popping stiffs such as Blade II and Pacific Rim it is safe to declare Crimson Peak as another elegant and gaudy candy-coated canvas of del Toro’s imaginative cinematic vision. Aesthetically stunning and armed with a sophisticated lining of suspense, Crimson Peak does not necessarily exude any real momentum of toxic scares or memorable chills. Still, it manages to rely on its Gothic-induced romanticism that is enough to accept this splashy and offbeat vehicle on the merits of its unique brand of animated style. Sure, there are displayed predictable paths to tap into Crimson Peak’s erratic pulse and maybe del Toro and fellow co-screenwriter Matthew Robbins could have injected some more convincing bits of subversive edginess to spice up its modest creepiness. Nevertheless, one can appreciate the borrowed Hitchcockian overtones combined with the arresting set designs and peculiar ensemble. This alone invites Crimson Peak as a colorful costume drama layered in concentrated showiness. Thankfully, the October release of Crimson Peak should echo the spooky spirit of Halloween appropriately and offer some seasonal sizzle for the macabre-embracing moviegoers. The story may not be startling to the point of an innovative revelation but the winning element–at least one of them anyway–is the exceptional art direction and production design that suitably defines del Toro’s mystifying universe of nostalgic ghostly aberrations. Crimson Peak will not be confused with high-minded horror anytime soon but it does effectively promote its lush, Gothic-induced romantic vibes. Budding American novelist Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska, “Alice in Wonderland”) has one specific belief system to hang her literary hat on and the sentiment is self-explanatory: “Ghosts are real!”. This haunting message has plagued Edith since she was a young girl growing up in Buffalo, New York in the early 1900’s. Edith was an only child of privilege and an apple in the eye of her widowed wealthy father in businessman Carter Cushing (Jim Beaver). Naturally the protective parental instincts kick in as Cushing is weary of an opportunist that might wanting to court his eligible daughter Edith. Enter the seemingly shifty and broke British aristocrat Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston). Sharpe has an agenda and it is quite clear. Apparently Sharpe wants to shop around a potential profit-making mining device and needs financial support and promotion from an influential American contact. Coincidentally, Sharpe starts a relationship with promising writer Edith whose Daddy Dearest happens to be a prominent industrialist. How convenient, huh? The skepticism about Sir Thomas Sharpe starts to mount for the concerned Carter Cushing as he stands by and regrettably witnesses his precious offspring Edith’s affection for the cunning character. Of course Sharpe is not the only target that moneybags Cushing needs to worry about as the loving companion to his treasured Edith. Sharpe’s older sister Lady Lucille Sharpe (Jessica Chastain, “The Martian”) accompanies her sibling on his mission to do whatever he has planned for his personal gain. So now Cushing has double trouble with the mysterious brother-sister Sharpe tandem as they are embedded in the indelible psyche of the artistic Edith. However, the Sharpes have spun their web as they now have turned Edith into a member of their family as both wife and sister-in-law. Thus, a fresh existence begins for Edith Cushing Sharpe on the other side of the pond in Northern England where the Sharpes’ Cumberland-based estate Allerdale Hall is located. Realistically, the less-than-stellar Allerdale Hall is not exactly the ideal venue that caters to the so-called prominence of the aristocratic Sharpes. The vast Victorian house is relentlessly drab and does not reflect the impressive homestead that it should be in status and structure. In making matters worse at Allerdale Hall Edith is restricted from stepping into certain parts of the dilapidated dwelling. Plus, Edith is overwhelmed by the recurring appearances of pesky apparitions that roam in and out of the expansive hallways of the isolated, blood-colored domicile. Lastly, the creaky goings-on is not helped a bit by the drastic change in hubby Sir Thomas’s demeanor as Edith feels duped by his on-going indifference. Edith has to feel uneasy and uncertain about what she has gotten involved with concerning the grasp of the mischievous Sharpes and the life-long warnings of afterlife spirits in the decaying manse that she has been taught to take seriously since childhood. The sinister symbolism is adequately atmospheric and the erratic pacing makes for some rather genuine, tense moments. However, Crimson Peak does show some flashes of being a slight boofest melodrama that undermines its titillating convictions. As an eerie romancer Crimson Peak feels a tad uneven. The three-way love triangle pitting Wasikowska’s Edith against both Hiddleston’s Sir Thomas Sharpe and Charlie Hunnan’s Alan McMichael (Edith’s first suitor before Sharpe’s arrival) could have been explored but felt rushed and pushed aside. The whispering presence of shadowy ghostly figures floating about within the decrepit walls of Allerdale Hall makes for some convincing hair-raising hedonism that is compatible with del Toro’s topsy-turvy color-toned exposition. Overall, the real scene-stealers behind Crimson Peak’s brightly spry makeup belongs to the film’s handlers responsible for the glossy sheen of this eye-fetching film project. Credit the sumptuous contributions in the aforementioned art design and sets (not to mention the crisp cinematography and fashionable costumes) to propel Crimson Peak’s entertainment value beyond the tepid lapses in manufactured jitters. Crimson Peak (2015) Universal Pictures 1 hr. 59 mins. Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Jim Beaver, Charlie Hunnan Directed and Co-Written by: Guillermo del Toro MPAA Rating: R Genre: Horror and Romance/Supernatural Thriller Critic’s rating ** 1/2 stars (out of 4 stars)

Reno

> Ghosts are real, that much she knows. Seen all the Del Toro films, but this one was not any good compared to his recent year's class. The film has his signature mark, the gothic style atmosphere, visually spectacular, but the story did not strike as expected. Definitely my blame is on the writing department. Though the actors were so much better in their character exhibition, especially the lead trio. The opening convinced it will going to be a terrifying horror. Seriously? The writer brought ghosts for a concept, but ended penning a fantasy-thriller. In the middle of the narration there was too much drama that dragged the story. And in the third act it turned totally into a killer-thriller. It should have been more frightening, they wanted it to be a faulty human nature kind of twist than supernatural things. Well, they gave what they wanted, not what we the audience looking for. I did not completely disliked the movie, I enjoyed it other than its plot. The costumes were very nice, the music well blended with the screenplay, but I was disappointed with the reason given as the motivation for all the trouble faced by character Edith. After all the hype, what it revealed was too little and too sudden with guessable stuffs. You can try it for the visuals alone than anticipating another Del Toro's masterpiece. 6/10

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