Any horror fan worth their salt has been excited about new flick Crimson Peak for a while now, and for good reason.
Not only is the movie directed by legendary master of gothic Guillermo de Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth), but it also happens to star one of the most promising young actresses working today, who has become famous for playing different and slightly strange heroines. Yes, fans of Australian actress Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, Stoker) will be pleased to know that she’s back in fine ethereal form playing wealthy American writer Edith Cushing, who happens to fall in love with handsome inventor Sir Thomas Sharpe – portayed by the rather marvellous Tom Hiddleston. That’s the happy part over with.
After wooing and winning over the sensitive Edith (using that famous British gent charm, obvs), Sir Sharpe then whisks his young bride across the pond to ancestral home Allerdale Hall in gloomy, snowy old England, where of course, Edith starts to realise that her new beau might not be all he’s cracked up to be. Now there’s a surprise.
And because Crimson Peak is a vision brought forth from Gullermo del Toro’s expansive and incredibly creative mind, we are guaranteed a rambling, spooky old house full of nasty nooks and crannies, opulent costumes (honestly, it’s all about the ruffs this season ladies), and grizzly gore galore. Oh, and Mia does a LOT of wandering about in the dark with naught but a few candles. Why don’t these girls learn huh?
Throw in some creaky floorboards, a shed load of ghostly goings-on, and an off-kilter sister played by the brilliant Jessica Chastain, and you’ve got one belter of a horror movie on your hands. Crimson Peak hits theatres today so sit back, get a massive popcorn, and enjoy the scares.