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1,568 Ratings

Crimson Peak

Directed by Guillermo del Toro
United States, 2015
Horror, Fantasy, Drama


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.

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Crimson Peak Directed by Guillermo del Toro

Awards & Festivals

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

2015 | Nominee: Best Art Direction/Production Design

Seattle Film Critics Awards

2016 | Nominee: Best Production Design

Fright Meter Awards

2015 | Winner: Best Special Effects

2015 | 5 nominations including: Best Cinematography

The plot itself surrenders to atmosphere; there isn’t a single set, costume, or special effect that doesn’t move the story along better than any line of dialogue… Even though many critics and filmgoers alike claim it isn’t that scary, this critic begs to differ. Certainly nothing terrifies me more than watching two people engaged in a protracted knife fight…in the snow…while wearing white!
February 05, 2016
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Once our stricken heroine’s father’s head is smashed over and over into a porcelain sink until his face cracks open and his brains and skull spew all over a bathroom floor, Del Toro lets loose and shows his true, deep-red colors. Sure, Jessica Chastain is having fun as the villainous, incestuous sister-in-law, but del Toro is so busy putting her and everyone else through their tired paces that nothing feels like it’s developing in any natural way.
January 20, 2016
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No, I did not find the narrative particularly satisfying. Yes, I really would rather see Del Toro get all the money to make all the Lovecraft adaptations. Still. Not just the visual ravishment but the clear emotional swoon-lust that animates this movie caught me up but good.
December 18, 2015
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What are people saying?

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Crimson Peak

    Del Toro's tribute not just to 19th century Gothic, but to the 1940s Hollywood psychodramas that it spawned. The visual design is marvelous and the ideas inspired, but their arrangement is maddeningly disorganized. Of course, it's possible for a film to feel disorganized and still be great, but only if its atmosphere and emotions break through into the irresistibly irrational. Crimson Peak lacks the passion.

  • chanandre's rating of the film Crimson Peak

    Bore peaked at crimson. One star for: "The horror was for love". Liked it better when it was called "Rebecca" and was directed by Hitchcock.

  • Gia de Almeida's rating of the film Crimson Peak

    I re-watched this last night and liked it substantially more than I did the first time around. Yesterday it downed on me what an amazingly complex, well constructed and well rounded character Lucille is. A villain not just for the sake of it, with a good back-story and reasons. Plus the cinematography, sets, costumes are beautiful to look at, a feast for the eyes. In love.

  • Palmat's rating of the film Crimson Peak

    On a visual level this is beyond awesome but when it comes to storytelling Del Toro is just retreading ground better covered by other filmmakers. The acting is decent but there is no chemistry between the actors which makes for an unengaging watch. So all in all this feels like a missed opportunity on more levels than I care to mention. I just hope Del Toro finds his mojo again, cause this was not a very good effort.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Crimson Peak

    "Crimson Peak" is less a movie and more of a funhouse - but what an exquisitely designed funhouse it is. You'll likely predict the script's variation on 'Bluebeard' long before poor Mia Wasicowska has sussed it all out, but it's nearly inconsequential when every frame of the film invites you to bask in its gothic splendor. The third act is a highlight as Del Toro offers a potent mix of psycho-drama and bloodletting.

  • Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film Crimson Peak

    Lacks the deeper historical resonance of 'Backbone' & 'Labyrinth', with GDT engaging meta-fiction as an extended genre tribute that feels a little too self-conscious. References to everything from the Brontë sisters to Bava to The Shining are evident if not academic, but the metaphorical aspects of the film, such as the image of the house itself as a mirror to the characters own emotions etc, are intelligent & vivid.

  • T. J. Mesen's rating of the film Crimson Peak

    Crimson Peak is undeniably beautiful. Hiddleston and Chastain are beautiful in it. The sets and costumes are beautiful. Del Toro, his art and cinematography department are at the top of their game. Unfortunately, it's a messy film, its character development unsound, it's slow and lacking in energy. The emotions do not seem to fit the environment; they're bland, unjustified, and plain off-putting. Alas...

  • Addy K.'s rating of the film Crimson Peak

    A jaw-dropping feat of craft, CRIMSON PEAK is the crowning glory of del Toro's career in the American studio system. Speaking of which, wasn't Sirk sometimes faulted for style over substance? In equal parts Daphne du Maurier, Mario Bava and Pre-Raphaelites art, this is also an acting showcase by a great ensemble who serve the vision of one man in full control of his wits. Now...what of Charlie Hunnam's bob haircut?

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