This movie actually has a lot to recommend it and I was not disappointed. Crimson Peak is not just a scary horror movie, even though the ghosts are the scariest I have ever seen, bar none. The movie has a fantastic mystery plot. At one point, you may think you have it figured out, only to be stunned by the truth when it is revealed.
Tom Hiddleston is also a huge draw for this movie. He has that perfect "innocent", disarming and enchanting personality with just enough edge to be fascinating and mesmerizing. Just like his performance as Loki in the movie Thor, as Sir Thomas Sharpe in Crimson Peak, the audience embraces him. We want to trust him!
The two beauties in his life are equally beguiling. His sister, Lady Lucille Sharpe (Jessica Chastain), is the embodiment of old world grace and style on the surface with just enough arrogance and talent to broadcast her existence of entitlement.
Even though she is from an equally wealthy background, Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) is like an open book. Her childlike charm and exuberance announce her naiveté. It is obvious that her father has protected and cherished his only daughter.
Synopsis & Review of the Crimson Peak Movie PlotWritten by Cynthia Sylvestermouse
Crimson Peak Tom Hiddleston as Sir Thomas Sharpe Poster Promo 8 x 10 Inch PhotoThe movie starts at a very difficult time in young Edith's life when her mother has just died of black fever. We are told how she never got to even say goodbye to her mother. It isn't long before Edith is visited by the ghost of her mother with a warning to "beware of Crimson Peak." Years pass, and unfortunately, it isn't until after Edith is married that she even identifies the location of Crimson Peak.
Sir Thomas Sharpe breezes into Edith's life and doesn't hesitate to show his interest in the pretty young woman. He peruses her and singles her out publicly as his choice of dance partner. Although Edith has a long established affection and friendship with Dr. Alan McMichael (Charlie Hunnam), she is still totally and completely captivated by Sir Thomas's attention.
After the unexpected death of her father, Sir Thomas Sharpe swoops in as a buffer to Edith's indescribable pain over the death of her remaining parent. She marries him without hesitation and moves to his family mansion in England which she soon learns is also known as Crimson Peak.
At Crimson Peak, Edith is haunted by even more ghosts who are trying to communicate with her. When she suspects she is being poisoned, she starts to summon the ghosts and to listen to her eerie messengers.
Recommendation of Crimson PeakFirst, let me start here by telling you that Crimson Peak is rated "R" for a reason. Not only is it violent and scary, it also has crude language and adult content. In all honestly, there were a few times when I had to hide my own eyes. I knew I didn't want those images replaying in my head for years to come.
As a whole, and largely because of the mystery plot, I would highly recommend this movie to anyone who has the stomach for it and an interest in horror flicks.
Ironically, considering the mystery plot, the ghosts and grotesque scenes seem to "fit" this movie. They are not contrived to booster the rating to R. It is truly a well earned "R" rating, but do be warned, it is not for the faint of heart.
It is truly the perfect Halloween movie!
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