Movie Reviews: “Crimson Peak”

Crimson Peak movie poster

CFR Fave Quote: “I heard you the first time.” – Edith Cushing from Crimson Peak

Crimson Peak

OVERALL: Oh. My.

POINTS: This is a beautiful mood piece that, as stated before in other reviews, more of a Gothic romance reminiscent of Rebecca than true horror. It was also really cool to watch this movie knowing that it had been inside of director Guillermo del Toro for years. I am glad he got his wish and got to make. I’m happier I got to see it.

PITFALLS: Well if what you wanted was a real haunted house make you scream movie, you were probably disappointed. I was a bit shocked that the movie was not as terrifying as I thought it would be. But I was scared and very intrigued.

FEMALE CHARACTER(S): Our main character and heroine is Edith Cushing – well played by Mia Wasikowska – is a treat. She takes the world head on and questions authority. Granted being an upper class woman that is easier for her to do than a serving woman, but it is still good to see her question authority. We also have sister Lucille Sharpe played by Jessica Chastain take total control of every scene. Chastain plays a great crazed villain. Those two interacting were both painful and funny. If you have ever had a dysfunctional family moment, you will totally understand.

Note: Del Toro is just cool. Check out his interview with The Mary Sue.

CULTURAL PITFALL(S): Whatever those pitfalls are – classism, sexism – are brought to light as unsavory and wrong. Cool.

HIGH POINT(S): Watching Edith’s character stay “curious” as Del Toro has said. She is scared, alone, but willing to learn more about what is happening. That makes her a cool character.

Plus, OMG, the costumes are to swoon for!

BECHDEL TEST (Website): 3 of 3. Well how about that!

RACIAL BECHDEL TEST (Website): 0 of 3. Well drat.

IMDB: Crimson Peak (2015)

OFFICIAL MOVIE WEBSITE:  Crimson Peak | Legendary

DVD/BLU-RAY WORTHY: Yes. Now please.

LION PAW PRINTS:  3 of 5. Go see it.

For horror movies only: HUBBY’S HORROR RATING. Hubby gives this movie a six as that is the number of times I nearly crushed his hand in terror or fright during the movie.

Crimson Peak – Official International Trailer (Universal Pictures) HD

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