Movie Review: Crimson Peak By Guillermo Del Toro

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Crimson Peak by Guillermo Del Toro is a visually stunning and technical masterpiece. It has taken me a while to perceive it as that. As a viewer who has been exposed to the trailer before watching the movie, I left the theater disappointed and wanting more out of this horror movie. It wasn’t till plenty of research that I found that Crimson Peak is in fact not a horror movie. Correct, but is it any surprise that the director of Hellboy, Pan’s Labrynth, and the Devil’s Backbone, was able to create a romance film set in a haunted castle? Del Toro sets out to create a gothic romance complimented with shades of horror. Therefore, when you judge it as a gothic romance, you have one hell of a film.

Many of the elements in this film will prove to
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To put it another way, these monsters raise question as to that creaking sound coming from someone 's step on the squeaky floor when in fact they are only the normal sounds of the night. Often the plot itself is built around a mystery, such as unknown parentage, a disappearance, or some other inexplicable event. People disappear or show up dead inexplicably. (Harris) And while watching, it might be difficult to not come to the conclusion that this movie is a part of supernatural-horror especially when you are exposed to the ghosts that roam about the …show more content…
It is not until she physically interacts with Lucille that he pays attention to her. Which brings another plot point that Wheatly touches upon by stating, “the main female character remains split into two, the innocent heroine and the evil “Other Woman”. Lucille although stern, is rather warm-hearted to Edith’s unease towards the house. In response Edith demands that she only wants peace between them two, in which she gives her a light kiss on her cheek, Lucille is repulsed, Thomas stares helpless. In one scene you get her innocent heroine in relation to Edith and her evil “Other Woman” in relation to Thomas who she has complete control over. This scene alone capture the essence of what this whole movie is, a gothic romance.

Guillermo Del Toro himself stated that Crimson peak was not a horror movie. He described it as having a tone to fairytale or gothic romance and not “haunted mansion”. Despite being marketed as a horror, showing ghosts and depictions of the supernatural, the movie is more focuses on the relationship of Edith and Thomas, and her constant battle to win him over from his sister Lucille. Crimson peak qualifies as a gothic romance in every aspect and should be experienced as such. To experience it, as a horror would leave you feeling unfulfilled. That would be a shame for such a fantastic and well-crafted

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