Crimson Peak Film Review

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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 you that this movie is in fact a member of the gothic romance genre. To get a sense of the story, after Edith’s father is brutally murdered, Edith and Thomas marry and return to his home in England. They arrive at Allerdale Hall, Sir Thomas’s rickety mansion, which sits atop a red clay mine thus giving it the name Crimson Peak. As seen in the clip provided, Edith describes the house with such grandeur causing her to say “goodness, how many rooms are there?”, after which she is introduced to the decay and rubble as
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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

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