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22 Oct 2015

Beautiful and Creepy: 'Crimson Peak' Is a Fantastic Ghost Story Turned in By Guillermo del Toro

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Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska in Crimson Peak. Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska in Crimson Peak.

Director Guillermo del Toro has long praised Disney’s Haunted Mansion ride. He’s now made a startlingly beautiful and creepy ride of his own with, Crimson Peak, a twisted ghost story.

Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska), an aspiring writer, must pick up the pieces after a tragic loss. She finds herself swept away by Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston), a strange Englishman who looks a lot like Thor’s jerk brother. They marry and wind up in his family’s home, which rests atop a red clay mine.

The red clay seeps up through the ground and even the floorboards of the house. As Edith spends more time in the house—and gets acquainted with its ghostly inhabitants—she finds out the red stuff isn’t always clay.

Jessica Chastain is memorably psychotic as Thomas’s selfish and conniving sister. However, the visuals are the real star here, including some over-the-top, bloody ghosts that Walt would never allow in his Mansion.

As for the living characters, Hiddleston and Chastain steal the show as siblings who definitely need an extended time out.

Future del Toro projects, like sequels to Pacific Rim and Hellboy, were put on hold before this film’s release. Since this film inexplicably bombed at the box office during its opening weekend, those sequels will probably remain on the studio merry-go-round for a long time. For del Toro fans, this is bad news.

Crimson Peak is playing at theaters across the valley.

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