A new review from The Movie Snob.
Crimson Peak (B). Horror movies aren’t usually my thing, but I have enjoyed some of director Guillermo del Toro’s past work (Pan’s Labyrinth, the first Hellboy). Plus, the three headliners are two top-notch actresses (Jessica Chastain, The Martian, and Mia Wasikowska, Only Lovers Left Alive), and the entertaining Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers). Anyway, this is a gonzo, over-the-top ghost story set back in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Wasikowska plays Edith Cushing, an attractive young lady and aspiring writer who occasionally sees freaky apparitions. She falls in love with Thomas Sharpe (Hiddleston), a mysterious Englishman who seems to be accompanied everywhere by his chilly sister Lucy (Chastain). Turns out that Thomas and Lucy are down-on-their-luck aristocrats who own a gloomy, falling-to-pieces mansion back in not-so-jolly England. Could the creepy old mansion, with a gaping hole in its roof and garish red clay oozing up from the ground below, be haunted? Are Thomas and Lucy hiding something? Do bears like honey? I didn’t think this was as strong a movie as the inventive but bleak Pan’s Labyrinth, but definitely it held my attention for a couple of hours. The R rating is well earned for some very strong violence and some pretty ghastly ghosts.