“In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds – and remembers.”
To be honest, Crimson Peak is like a love letter to the gothic horror genre, but one written by a smitten stalker. There is a plot in here, but just like the imaginary letter i eluded to before, it rambles about all over the place about how beautiful everything is and looks, and doesn’t really get to know the thing in which it describes. That does lead into the best part of this movie, which is the aesthetic that it does very well to bring and breathe to life, however there isn’t much else good here. The plot is heavy and terribly slow, and this movie feels like it’s an hour too long, but still somehow is short on character development. I also have NO idea why this movie is rated R, i feel pretty strongly that i have seen more sex and violence in PG-13 rated movies. All that R rating does here is limit the possible audience for this movie. The acting here overall is good, but the pick of the litter would really have to be Jessica Chastain. I’m not 100% sure if i would call this movie a horror either. It got me to feel much more creeped out than scared, so i guess gothic thriller might be a better tittle. All in all, Crimson Peak is a good idea that was left un-wacthed and un-superised, and became a shadow of the movie we hoped it would become.
Review Score : 5 out of 10