Crimson Peak

Crimson Peak

DVD - 2016
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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.
Publisher: Universal City : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, 2016.
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Crims
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (119 min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm
Language Note: In English dubbed in French and Spanish with French and Spanish subtitles.
Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.


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Oct 10, 2020

The only redeeming quality in this flick was Edith's (Wasikowska) gowns. This was not her best work. Some scenes dragged on. Too much gore and violence. She's my sister, she's my daughter. Well, in this case, she's his sister, she's his wife. Is there anything new in this movie? No. This movie seemed dumbed down to me. Should I drink this bitter tea made for me by his sister who obviously, to the audience at least, hates me?? Duh.

Mar 11, 2020

Visually stunning work by Del Toro, a good array of talented cast and a classic ghost story tale as was intended by Del Toro aiming for an older horror feel for this classy portrayal. Worth a watch for any open minded fan of old horror, ghost stories or classical horror visuals.

Nov 17, 2019

I must admit that there is very good acting all around in the film, there were at least a few interesting plot twists, and it is visually striking. However, the plot left quite a bit to be desired. For one, the circumstances of the murder in the film were pretty far-fetched, but even less believable was that it was initially accepted as an accident. The whole business with the male lead and his sister living in a crumbling mansion – with birds and leaves blowing around inside – sinking into a formation of red clay (I get the symbolism) was never-the-less way beyond the pale. If you can accept all of the above; enjoy the film.

Oct 11, 2019

a visually stunning film but story wise very boring and I love Guillermo Del Toro's films but this one disappointed me

Apr 24, 2019

Haunting and creepy, this film stayed with me awhile. Fine acting by the leads to build tension and suspense, and the decay of the home and surroundings was a perfect metaphor. An excellent Gothic horror, but like most films of this genre not one I'm likely to watch again as it was hard enough to sit still through it the first time!

Jan 17, 2019

I have to say that this movie is one of the most beautiful movies I have ever seen, but plot-wise, there are many slow points. This movie has been categorized as ‘horror’, but it really is just a dark, gothic-victorian romance movie. There are some spooky aspects to it, but that does not make it a horror film. The cast is perfect and convey the characters perfectly and each scene has an amazing set. Just the art of this film is worth watching it, as well as the soundtrack of it. It could be better, it could be worse. Overall, I’d watch it again, just not many times. 3.5/5 Stars. @sideswipefirefight of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Dec 28, 2018

This movie was marketed as a horror film but in reality is a straight-up gothic romance. Dark, moody, but beautiful all at the same time. As Edith describes her book within the movie, this film is "A story with a ghost in it" but not necessarily a "ghost story."

Dec 17, 2018

Well. Definitely a period piece. Moody, dark atmosphere, but not sure it was scary. Not a new idea, but an interesting setting. Tom Hiddleston is sure handsome. Mia has quite the wardrobe.

Nov 05, 2018

Absolutely amazing movie . Guillermo del Toro is such an amazing director . The effects, the story and it's progression, oh lords!!! a fantasy loving girl like me dug this movie so so much . Checking it out again because it's my type of movie

Oct 04, 2018

A little bit of a letdown for me, not because it was bad, but because its story didn't engage me much. I found the twists predictable and the CG ghosts a bit too much to be chilling (then again, the ghosts prove to be not what they seem, so that could have been intentional; still, the CG is so plastic-y that the ghosts don't even conjure a proper uncanny effect). The heroine Edith got a bit bland once she married Sir Thomas, going from a proactive rebel to a timid mouse of a human being-- though once again, this could have been the point, given the turn the story takes, but I still wasn't very invested in her and she never regained my interest after the forty minute mark.

I love all the things Guillermo del Toro is homaging-- the Hammer Horror films of the 1950s and 1960s, the Brontes, Poe, 1920s horror cinema, Hitchcockian suspense-thrillers-- but the film never rises above being a fun homage, at least to me. Still, it's a good movie, with gorgeous visuals and fine performances from the cast. I admire how it's a horror movie that doesn't rely on jump scares or crass shock-- like a lot of the horror movies I love, it relies more on dread, the unknown, and atmosphere to conjure fright. but something just didn't grab me about this movie. By the end, I just felt hollow. As it is, the movie lacks the imagination of Del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth, which I felt was a much more interesting fantasy-horror story with a much more engaging lead. It had style and substance; Crimson Peak only has style.

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Mar 11, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Some gory and frightening scenes.


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May 07, 2016

Tons of quotes in IMDb. Here are a few:

Edith Cushing: You're monsters. Both of you!
Lucille Sharpe: Funny. That's the last thing Mother said, too.
Edith Cushing: Ghosts are real, this much I know. There are things that tie them to a place, very much like they do to us. Some remain tethered to a patch of land, a time and date, the spilling of blood, a terrible crime... There are others, others that hold onto an emotion, a drive, loss, revenge, or love. Those, they never go away.
Thomas Sharpe: A house as old as this one becomes, in time, a living thing. It starts holding onto things... keeping them alive when they shouldn't be. Some of them are good; some of them bad... Some should never be spoken about again.


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