Be careful who you love.

Sometimes, a love that is blind and naïve can lead us straight into the arms of deceit and murder.

Following an abrupt family tragedy, Edith Cushing, a budding author played by Mia Wasikowska,
falls for Thomas Sharpe, a mysterious stranger played by Tom Hiddleston.  Sharpe sweeps her
away to live in a reclusive haunted mansion in Cumberland, England to live with his sister Lucille
(Jessica Chastain).  

Blood flows beneath a surface of lies, of false reassurances.  Viewers follow Edith on a dark and
captivating journey to gradually uncover secrets of the macabre, secrets the ghosts of the house
know and remember all too well.  They deliver a cryptic warning. “Beware Crimson Peak.”

I’m the Haunting Usher.  Let me scare you to your seat.

An old fashioned love affair and a well-crafted ghost story are woven together in Guillermo del
Toro’s 2015 Gothic tale.  The combining of romance and horror may be a thriving genre in itself in
the world of literature, but fascinatingly rare on the big screen.  The plot elements complement
one another perfectly.  "Crimson Peak" delivers enough sexy and shockingly bloody scenes to
satisfy those seeking passion, occasional jump scares and some gory scenes.  

Set in the Victorian era, another rare gem in today’s cinemas, the film is decorated with colorful
scenery, costuming, brilliant acting and rich dialogue.
Edith Cushing; “You are monsters.  Both of you.”

Lucille Sharpe: “That’s exactly what our mother told us in her last moment.”

The only disappointing part about the movie is that it relies on settings and substance to
compensate for some slowly paced scenes.

Edith’s manuscript, containing a supernatural theme, could have served as a stronger MacGuffin,
an element around which the movie revolves.  Wouldn’t it have been even more intriguing if her
writing actually paralleled what was going on throughout the actual storyline?  The manuscript
instead solidifies her character as an author and is alluded to with harsh criticism.

It is mentioned that ghosts are not featured heavily in Edith’s writing.  Wouldn’t a belief in the
paranormal, which the film entreats audiences to indulge, have been more effectively reinforced
if her writing really did mirror the plot?

Aside from some missed opportunities, "Crimson Peak" is frighteningly entertaining.  It oozes
substance and character development all while telling a gothic tale reminiscent of films like "The
Others" and "Sleepy Hollow."      

If you’re a romantic and you love a classic ghost story, "Crimson Peak" is definitely for you.  I’m
the Haunting Usher.  Let me scare you into the truth about what happened at the mansion and the
one for whom you’ve given up everything.  

Do you agree with my review?  Do you believe in ghosts?  Have you ever been in love with the
wrong person?  Let me know in the comments section.