What’s going on kids? It’s Dash Jordan here. Have I got a great Halloween treat for you. Lately, I’ve been doing reviews of movies that have been out for years. But just a few hours ago, I had the honor of seeing a recent movie. The problem is that there were two movie that have just been released in theaters that would be perfect for my next review, the other being ‘Goosebumps’…so I had to flip a coin, and I came out Heads.
I’m sure glad I ignored that coin.
‘Crimson Peak’ is a 2015 gothic directed by Guillermo del Toro and starring Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain. Not only does this movie act as part-ghost story and part-romance, but it also acts as a love letter to many classic gothic-horror stories and films from the past with its overall setting and scale. As of right now, the film is receiving some very positive reviews from critics and moviegoers alike. I, for one, would like to say that this film is well-deserving of all its praises. Well done, guys. You’ve all made Loki smile.
Anyone who knows me, knows that I absolutely love heavy atmosphere and slow builds in my horror movies. This film literally chills you to the bone before the first real scare. My hat goes off to everyone responsible for the film’s overall design, a brilliant move for combining the unsettling feel of black-and-white chillers with the vibrant colors of old Italian horror films. The rundown mansion in the middle of nowhere during winter and the bright-red clay of the land absorbing the snow…just beautiful! I just love the way this film looks, with its cold colors and warm colors counteracting with each other. This is by far one of the most beautiful and frightening on-screen haunted mansions I’ve ever seen in a long time.
As for the story itself? It’s quite basic, actually. You’ve of course have the beautiful young girl who’s lost her mother at an early age, the overly-protective father, a brother and sister dynamic, the haunted house and no one believes you, a murder-mystery, etc. Which reminds me, if you guy don’t want spoilers, PLEASE watch ‘Crimson Peak’ right now and come back.
Fine Tennant, but I don’t wanna hear any complaining. Now for those of you who just got back and seen it or who just don’t give a damn, let me continue. I’m sure anyone can see some of the twists a mile away in this movie. However, it’s not the twist that makes a movie memorable, it’s how it’s executed. But just so you know. If there’s a period piece with a creepy atmosphere, don’t be so surprised when you see some evil and incestuous siblings doing something evil and/or incestuous. Now you know, and knowing’s half the battle.
But all joking aside, Mia Wasikowska and the rest of the cast do a fantastic job in this movie; especially Jessica Chastain who I personally found to be more frightening than the actual ghosts in this ghost movie. But the actor who truly stole the show for me, however, was Tom Hiddleston who plays a very complex character and has some great chemistry with Wasikowska’s character. This basically the same casting decision that Francis Ford Coppola tried to do when he directed ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’; a recognizable actor with a loyal female fanbase. But unlike Keanu Reeves, Hiddleston can act.
Proof that Gothic Horror has returned with a vengeance, ‘Crimson Peak’ is honestly what ‘Dario Argento’s Dracula’ and Disney’s ‘The Haunted Mansion’ SHOULD’VE looked like. You guys liked ‘The Devil’s Backbone’, ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ and the ‘Hellboy’ movies, right? Then, there should be no reason why you don’t go watch ‘Crimson Peak’. It’s Del Toro’s signature style, as well as clever nods to the classics. Great scares, beautiful atmosphere and a perfect cast. ‘Goosebumps’ may be a fun and nostalgic time capsule from the 90s, but this film is certainly a much-needed breath of fresh air for the Horror genre as a whole. Hands down, one of the best movies I’ve seen all year! Excellent work as always, Mr. Del Toro…now get to work on ‘Hellboy 3’ already!
Damn, Ron Perlman is awesome! Anyway, I’m outta here. Until next time, kids. Gotta Dash!
Written by Shane Moose
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