Friday, 16 October 2015

CRIMSON PEAK

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. — IMDB

Nowhere near as scary as I thought it would be. It’s more a romantic period drama with a ghost in it than a ghost story that has a romance in it. The horror is actually quite mild (for me, at least!) and the story is bigger and more dominant than the moments of horror. I enjoyed the movie. It is visually sumptuous and striking. Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain and Tom Hiddleston are all excellent as the main protagonists. The story is pretty cliched and predictable, but moves along at a reasonable pace. What makes CRIMSON PEAK particularly enjoyable is the creepy atmosphere of the house in which the majority of the story takes place. The special effects are pretty good and it is directed well. And the cast are riveting. If you like an old-style gothic ghost story with beautiful visuals, an undemanding narrative, lovely costumes, and some melodrama, check it out.


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