Crimson Peak is the type of movie that you don’t see every day. It’s a very atmospheric period horror film. From the visionary perfectionist of a director Guillermo del Toro, this movie also takes the time and effort to develop the characters and their relationships. It helps to have great actors like Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain.
The style here is more creepy than scary. This is basically a ghost story with a very different temperament from most recent horror films. It doesn’t depend on big jolting scares or surprises. Instead it delivers an amazing tone and slow building tension and suspense and the ghosts are sympathetic despite being menacing.
The biggest treat of the film is the ridiculously spectacular visuals. From the lighting to the cinematography and set design watching this movie is a moving work of art. As it progressed toward the end, I couldn’t help but wish that it was longer so I could continue to be wowed by its amazing look. On top of that it is shot in an IMAX friendly ratio so that is the best way to see it.
All in all, Crimson Peak has spectacular visuals, very good acting and a passable story.
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