Writer/Director/Producer Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak is a gothic horror/romance that builds in palpable tension to twists and surprises in the end.
Del Toro’s solid story, written in collaboration with Writer Matthew Robbins, is backed up by the amazing sets of Production Designer Thomas E. Sanders and the fabulous costumes of Costume Designer Kate Hawley, all of which are beautifully photographed by Cinematographer Dan Lausten. Composer Fernando Velázquez completes the mood with a sound track that is both haunting and eerie.
The cast, led by Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain and Tom Hiddleston, plays to perfection. It’s especially fun to see Ms. Chastain play against her usual type as the villainess.
Reminiscent of Hitchcock, the horror aspects are more of spooky mood than gore, though there is blood spilled, as well.
It’s refreshing to see this genre resurrected in the hands of a modern master.
I give Crimson Peak a 4.2 out of 5.