Blood brings so much style yet sits smoothly within Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak. Ghosts and hopeless romantics happens to be the foundation of this ironic early 1900’s gothic ghost film.
Phantoms seem to keep this film simultaneously but it’s also a story about Edith, played by Mia Wasikowska, a writer who is a hopeless romantic but intelligent–who came to a realization that people in 1901, does not want to read or publish a woman’s work. She’s told that her ghost story “needs a love story,”– how ironic that her life was just as equal.
Edith downplays a rather curious supernatural ability– she can see ghosts. The aspiring writer meets her offbeat husband Thomas, played Tom Hiddleston, an English nobleman who comes to America and to Edith’s wealthy father in hopes of funding a clay-mining machine of his own invention that would save his family’s decaying property.
After the death of her father, Thomas takes Edith away from Buffalo to live with him and his eerie sister Lucille, played by Jessica Chastain, in their musty, rotten, bloody and ancient mansion.
Of course there is a catch, a dark one of which Edith will figure out.
Ghosts roam around the mansion that has a massive hole in the ceiling through which leaves and snow fall through.
Crimson Peak is often breathtaking in its beauty, altering between richly imagined period details and the mansions unique colors, where black has never been blacker and the red clay and blue-green interiors fluctuates between the gruesome style.
Edith runs around this maze-like home in distress as she hears spooky noises and sees strange figures, while Thomas starts to diminish just as the unusual Lucille slowly exposes herself as well as her true position in Thomas’ life.
The mysteries and secrets of Crimson Peak is simple to figure out.
The title Crimson Peak refers to the red clay in the ground beneath the mansion, which seeps through freshly fallen snow and leaves, leading up to a gloomy look of which is a metaphor.
It is as if the house is bleeding.
In the very beginning, del Toro’s film was a drag but it was all leading up to a tumultuous and bizarre ending as the secrets escaped.
The film is set to be released October 16.