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Crimson Peak Limited Edition [Blu-ray]
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From the imagination of Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro (Pan s Labyrinth, The Shape of Water) comes Crimson Peak, a lavish, stunningly realised journey into the dark heart of Gothic romance...
Beginning in Buffalo, New York, during the 1880s, Crimson Peak stars Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, Stoker) as Edith Cushing, an aspiring writer who is haunted by the death of her mother. Edith s falls in love with seductive stranger Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston, Avengers Assemble), who whisks her off to Allerdale Hall, his baronial, yet dilapidated English mansion built upon a mountain of blood-red clay. Here Edith meets Lucille (Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty), Thomas s sister who at times seems hostile and jealous. As Edith struggles to feel at home in the imposing residence, she gradually uncovers a horrendous family secret and encounters supernatural forces that will help her discover the terrible truth behind Crimson Peak.
Boasting incredibly intricate and ornate production design and a rich visual style, del Toro s film is a grandiose, boldly baroque triumph of Gothic decadence, which expertly combines and contrasts the sublimely beautiful with the shockingly grotesque. Crimson Peak is presented here in sumptuous special packaging, with a wealth of extra features, affording unprecedented insight in to the making of this modern Gothic classic.
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It's 1887, Buffalo, New York. Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) is a beautiful young woman with a mind of her own. She likes to write ghost stories and her sights are on being a successful author, not a wife. Her doting father (Jim Beaver), an affluent businessman, accepts her single-mindedness although he does point out that Dr Alan McMichael (Charlie Hunnam) is an admirer. Then along comes Baronet Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddlestone) and sister Lucille (Jessica Chastain). Edith is soon besotted by Thomas' sophistication and old-world charm. He has a mansion back in Cumberland, England, just waiting for them.
Crimson Peak (2015) is a romantic gothic horror mystery. It's stylish and aesthetically pleasing, gloriously colourful but with scenes of bloody violence that are beyond anything I recall seeing in a Quentin Tarantino movie. The costume designers deserved an Oscar for this one but, shock horror, Crimson Peak did not receive one single Oscar nomination. Guillermo del Toro would have been justified in feeling snubbed. Everything about this movie—locations, settings, costumes—is a sight for sore eyes and even though I agree totally with the critic who said that beautiful settings and costumes did not necessarily make a good movie, I thought the storyline was engaging, the casting and acting spot on but, sadly, there are events which are highly implausible (even for a horror story), particularly towards the end. It is definitely not for children, as the classification of 15 indicates. It's dark, nastily violent at times, and there is a short scene of sexual horizontal tango between Wasikowska and Hiddleston (nothing shocking—just a glimpse of Tom's bum). There's very little by way of strong language. Believe it or not I watched the whole of Crimson Peak thinking that Mia Wasikowska was Gwyneth Paltrow! Yep. I did.
Years have past, a stranger seeking financial assistance for his project walks into the naive 'Edith's' (Mia Wasikowska) life
sweeping her off her feet.
'Baronet Thomas Sharpe' (Tom Hiddleston) is in America with his sister the manipulative 'Lady Lucille' (Jessica Chastain)
'Edith's' father 'Carter' a wealthy businessman (Jim Beaver) has his suspicions about the pair and have them investigated,
when he discovers his doubts to be well founded he pays them of insisting they return to 'Cumbria' in England and that his
daughter is cruelly jilted by the charismatic 'Thomas' so she will easily forget him.
However, when 'Carter' is mysteriously and brutally murdered, 'Thomas' rekindles the relationship with 'Edith' and they are
Thomas along with sister 'Lucille' take 'Edith' back to England to their run-down family home 'Allerdale Hall' (Crimson Peak)
it's a place of shadows, ghostly images and deadly secrets, why has 'Edith' really been brought to this place, what does
Thomas' and the controlling 'Lucille' have in mind for the heiress.
Meanwhile back in America a concerned friend 'Dr Alan McMichael' (Charlie Hunnam) has discovered the secrets 'Edith's'
father had before his violent death, but can he act in time to foil the evil intent of those at Crimson Peak ??
If she does survive - Crimson Peak is a place she'll never forget.
A deliciously wicked plot which does have some eerie sequences with it's ghostly imagery and scenes of violence....worth a
KEYS TO DECIPHERING CRIMSON PEAK BY GULLERMO DEL TORO
Features Commentary with Co-Writer/Director Gullermo Del Toro
I Remember Crimson Peak
A Primer on Gothic Romance
Hand Tailored Gothic
The Light and Dark of Crimson Peak
A Living Thing
Beware of Crimson Peak
Plot wise all you really need to know going in are the basics - sweet and innocent Edith (Mia Wasikowska) goes to live with her charming new beau Thomas (Tom Hiddleston) and his enigmatic, cold sister Lucille (Jessica Chastain) in a crumbling old English mansion back in 1887. Then things start to go bump in the night - they always do.....
From here we veer from gothic melodrama to ghost story to moments of sudden, intense violence and back again. There's plenty of the crimson stuff to keep us going alongside quieter moments of nerve bothering creepiness. It all looks fantastic with some imaginative, memorable visuals and the house itself oozes and creeks like an almost living breathing character all of its own. The cast are game for it all and there's just about enough plot to compliment the arresting imagery. Recommended for a bit of stylish, glossy horror.
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