Forget the torture porn and found-footage movies that have dominated the genre for the past decade, Guillermo Del Toro brings us back to a time when horror was allowed to be classy. Heavily influenced by the atmospheric and gothic Hammer movies that took British horror by storm back in the 1960’s, Del Toro illustrates a feast for the eyes in Crimson Peak. Every frame of this film blooms with Del Toro’s wildly, vivid imagination. His masterpiece back in 2006, Pans Labyrinth, will never be topped but Peak is definitely in the same class as the Oscar-winning film.
It is rare to see a horror film as elegant as this one in mainstream American movie theaters. This is probably why it is struggling to find its footing at the box office. But with strong critical acclaim and hopefully with this article, people will step into the world of Crimson Peak. The great thing about the film is that it wears its heart on a sleeve, along with its soul and most of its intestines. Real humans have emotions and our three leads have a heavy amount of it, to a point where at any moment it could explode. This is where the true horror comes from- the mind. As with the recently impressive art-house horror films like The Babadook (2014), It Follows (2015), and Goodnight Mommy (2015), Crimson Peak’s structure finds powerful themes of repression and delusion. Once you see this film, you’ll understand how these themes motivate the characters’ choices.
Crimson Peak has a stellar cast, with Jessica Chastain being the deliciously, deranged stand-out. The score, composed by Fernando Velazquez, is incredible. The musical beats inform the characters emotional state-of-mind, which only makes the terror that much more effective.
There’s gore, there’s romance, there are ghosts, there’s drama and there is a very sad subtext to Crimson Peak. This is art that entertains.
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