Overall Score: 7/10
FEAR FACTOR: 6/10
SPECIAL EFFECTS: 7/10
I’m shocked that it took two years for me to watch “Crimson Peak” considering its all-star cast. While there are really only a few characters, they’re played by A-list actors and actresses, including Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) and Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers). The movie adopts a gothic, fantastical style that almost mimics a fake universe, however it’s obvious that the style was intentional, making its lack of realism acceptable.
The film follows a young woman who, at the age of 10, was warned by her mother’s ghost to “beware of crimson peak.” Of course, the girl had no idea what that meant, so she carried on with her life like any mature person would. Now, an adult, she marries a handsome young man (Hiddleston) and moves into the mansion that he shares with his mean af sister (Chastain). She starts running into red ghosts in the mansion who warn her to leave, and she soon realizes that the estate she’s living on is called Crimson Peak. Yeah…she’s screwed.
Because of the film’s unique, Dracula-esque vibe, I had difficulty scoring it. The special effects are well done for the look they’re going for, however they definitely have a sense of mysticism that make them unrealistic. There are a few mild jump scares throughout, but the film wasn’t horrific by any means. The actors did a fantastic job at their roles, but the characters they played would never be Oscar-winning characters. Are you catching my drift?
Overall, my biggest complaint with the film is that I wish it had more suspense. A large portion of the film was dramatic plot-building, and I struggled to stay focused. Had there been more suspense and more “fright,” I’d be much more satisfied with it. That being said, the plot got so intense at the end, and its sheer disturbance made up for the lack of scares. Don’t expect an exciting night with “Crimson Peak,” but give it a chance if you’re feeling patient!