crimson peakDo you believe in ghost because Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) sure does and maybe you will too after watching this film. Edith is a young woman in Buffalo, New York who is an inspiring horror author who just wants to publish her book. One day during a meeting with her father, she meets a charming man from England known as Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston). Thomas is so enchanting and intriguing that he captures Edith’s heart. Edith’s father suspects that something is strange about Thomas and his sister Lucille (Jessica Chastain) that he investigates them. Before he can banish them to England, he is murdered and Edith marries Thomas and moves to his estate. Once she is there, strange things start to happen around the house that warn Edith of the horrors that lie in store for her. The film also stars Jim Beaver (Deadwood) as Carter Cushing, Charlie Hunnam (Sons Of Anarchy) as Dr. Alan McMichael, Burn Goman (The Dark Knight) as Holly, Doug Jones (Hellboy) as Edith’s Mother, Lady Sharpe, Leslie Hope (Talk Radio) as Mrs. McMichael, Jonathan Hyde (Titanic) as Ogilvie, Bruce Gray (Starship Troopers) as Ferguson, and the film was directed by Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth).

crimson peak 2One of the biggest things you should know heading into this film is that it really isn’t that scary of a movie. The film is not a ghost story, but rather a story with ghosts and that is the best way I can describe it. There is no question that the acting is amazing, the sets were amazing, and the cinematography was amazing. I will also say that I thought the story was amazing as well because it’s a tale of deceit. You’ll also see in this film and you’ll probably figure out that there is something weird with the Sharpe siblings. Chastain, Hiddleston, and Wasikowska were all brilliant as well in this film and I couldn’t have asked for a better cast. The other element that makes this film work is the fact that it’s a period piece rather than something set in the current times. The ghosts are also very unique looking a little different than what we are used to seeing as ghosts, but believe me it works. As I said, the ghosts were a very minor part of the film as they were there for aesthetic purposes in my opinion. While the ghosts may be tortured souls, they are doing their best to warn Edith, but she chooses not to listen to them until it’s almost too late.  I think the film is definitely worth checking out, but don’t expect to have the crap scared out of you is all that I am saying. I am going to give the film an B+ for a final grade only because it wasn’t that scary.

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