Why Crimson Peak should be your go-to Halloween film

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No, this is not a review. Nor is this my attempt to say that this was the best movie I’ve ever watched, EVER. However, I did love this film so much. Hence the title of this article as well as everything you’re about to read.

Firstly, I’d like to start by saying that these days, it’s hard to find quality horror movies, or for that matter, anything in relation to horror (spooky films, psychological films, anything that puts a chill down your spine basically). Most movies that are horror related as of recent are things like Paranormal Activity, which is just a bunch of jump scares and a storyline that wasn’t well thought through. Also, who else is getting sick of the found footage hype? I know I am.

So, seeing as most films are like that, they tend to appeal to a younger crowd – in my opinion. High school kids love going to the theater, watch the typical jump scare movie and then rave on about it and tell everyone it was the best thing ever. But, was it really good?

Crimson Peak, however, gave me some hope for the future of the horror genre. If we can get more people to love this genre, and even get a bit more twisted and dark (perhaps like The Babadook), then we can get back to the good side of the horror genre. I myself am a huge fan of classic horror films, and psychological films especially (movies like Silence of the Lambs, which didn’t scare me in the sense that I saw a scary face and I can’t sleep now). This made me think twice about everything and now I’m scared to sleep because of how sick people can be, etc, etc. That to me, is a good horror film. It’s been months that I last watched Silence of the Lambs, and I’m still thinking about it. The Visit? Not so much.

Now, let’s get to the spoilers.

If you’ve seen the trailer for Crimson Peak or read anything about it, you would know that Guillermo Del Toro directed and wrote it. Just by that fact there, everyone has set expectations for the movie. Besides that, we knew that the main character Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) can see ghosts. Pretty basic, and as far as I could tell when first seeing the trailer, the ghosts are there to be terrifying. In some cuts, they even look like they’re trying to hurt her. Going into the cinema, these are the expectations I had. Okay – she can see ghosts, they look like they’re trying to hurt her, she’s in a creepy Victorian house, and blood will be shed. Meh, I still wanted to see it. I’m a sucker for time period stuff, what can I say? Not to mention the fact that I love Del Toro and everything he does, so I knew it had to be somewhat decent.

Moving on – seeing the film itself. With these prior expectations, I was excited none the less. The movie began with a scene from the end (which, we obviously did not know of until, well, the end). We were off to a good start. At the beginning, it was more of a happy setting, and then she mentioned her past and her mother dying, and then the big shabang. Edith could see ghosts, specifically her mother. In the scene where she experienced seeing her mothers spirit as a child, we could hear her warn Edith about Crimson Peak. However, we had no idea what that meant until about half way through the film. On a side note, the ghosts themselves were really well done. I liked the idea of them being skeletons still, floating about in their old clothing. As cheesy as I’ve made it sound, here’s a picture to reassure you it’s not as lame.

So much thought were put into them, and the result was so terrifying but rewarding for viewers as well. It’s a step away from your everyday, stereotypical ghost. This, is what Amber likes to see.

To make things short, Edith meets this guy who’s come all the way from England with his sister. Sir Thomas Sharpe (Thomas Hiddleston) is looking to make a deal with Edith’s father, a well respected American businessman. Her father being suspicious of Sir Thomas and Lady Lucille Sharp (Jessica Chastain), hires someone to look into their history. Needless to say, he doesn’t like what he finds and pays them to leave, breaking Edith’s heart. In the meantime, her father is brutally murdered by someone unknown at the time – and Mr. English man can’t find it in himself to leave Edith, so they get married and move back to England. Everything seems to be fine, except for the house that’s slowly sinking into what Sharpe calls, Crimson Peak. (OH SNAP.)

We slowly then start to figure out the past as well as the history of the house, because Edith keeps seeing ghosts in the house and instead of them trying to hurt her, which was my initial thought, every single one of them was trying to help her. They had all been brutally murdered in the house and they were warning the girl that she was next. So she does some digging, finds out that this isn’t the first time he’s been married. In fact, it’s like the 7th time. The sister, Lucille, is batshit crazy and murdered their mother. Now, she forces her brother to marry these girls so that they can take their money and then kill them. Also, she’s got this weird thing with her brother so on so forth.

Now, even though Thomas has been married a million times, Edith was the first girl he fell in love with. So, in his attempt to save her, he is killed by his own sister and then helps Mrs. Ghost Whisperer to kill his psychopath of a sibling. They’re successful, Dr. Alan McMichael (Charlie Hunnam), who is one of Cushing’s good friends back in America, has figured all of this out and got to England just in time to bring Edith back home, so on so forth.

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Now that you have a crappy basis of the story, because trust me, my description doesn’t do justice at all. The reason I believe that it was a bit underrated is because it strayed far away from that of your typical horror film. The storyline itself, if you get the chance to see it, is beautiful, mad, and just so many words. It’s not the best thing in the world, by all means. But it’s tragically gorgeous, and I love the fact that the ghosts end up helping Mrs. Cushing opposed to hurting her. I like the fact that it wasn’t Sir Sharpe who turned out to be the insane one, but his sister. All this time you go on to believe that the Sharpe siblings are in this together, when in reality, they’re anything but. Not to mention the time period, and how it made everything look so well done and perfect for everything else that tied it in.

The cast itself, brilliant. Tom Hiddleston is always a favorite. Jessica Chastain, who has been in quite a few films recently, played her character so well. Even Mia Wasikowska was amazing in it. All of the supporting actors played their parts respectfully, and everything came together so nicely.

Most of those who are saying that they did not like the film, or won’t even give it a chance, are those few who might be into found footage and jump scares. And hey, if that’s what you’re into – by all means. All I’m saying is that Crimson Peak, to me, was absolutely brilliant and if you’re a true fan of horror films, twists, and time periods, this is certainly a movie you MUST go see.

I know that a lot of people I knew didn’t even see the trailer or know what film I was talking about when I had brought it up. So, I felt it was very underrated and deserved a bit more credit for what it’s worth. I mean hell, even Stephen King liked it. If you don’t think that’s cool, or know who Stephen King is – what’re you doing here?

Right now. Right at this second. GO. Happy Halloween and you’re welcome.

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You may or may not have seen me dancing around on our YouTube channel. I really love psychology and dissecting shows/film. Also your token anime nerd.