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Crimson Peak Adds Chills To Gothic Romance Story

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“Crimson Peak” is a chilling horror movie with endless plot surprises that never bore the audience. It will keep you drawn into the plot and have you biting your nails in suspense.

The movie starts off with a young child, Edith Cushing, mourning her mother’s death. A few nights later, Edith is visited by her mother’s ghost, which warns her to “beware of Crimson Peak.” From that night on, Edith is able to see ghosts.

Fourteen years later, Edith meets an English aristocrat, Sir Thomas Sharpe, who seeks an investor for his newly invented machine, and hopes Edith’s father will invest. Edith’s father rejects Sir Thomas’s proposal, and after finding out about Sir Thomas’s affection for his daughter, tells Sir Thomas to stop having a romantic relationship with her and to go back home to England.

The next morning, Edith’s father is found dead in his own home. Edith then marries Sir Thomas and goes to England with him and his sister, Lady Lucille Sharpe, to live at their house called Allerdale Hall (later known as Crimson Peak), where she uncovers the darkest secrets of the Sharpes’ past.

The movie itself has a lot of analytical details that makes it well-crafted. There is a ton of symbolism, such as Edith’s horror novel and Allerdale Hall itself, both of which foreshadow later events in the movie. There is also parallelism, such as Lady Lucille’s ring and Edith’s wedding ring. As the audience sees these analytical details throughout the movie, it becomes clear how intricately Guillermo del Toro, the director, crafted this movie.

The music played a big part in the movie. For instance, as the scene transitions from Edith reading a book to her encounter with her mother’s ghost towards the beginning of the movie, the music changes from happy and light to dark and suspenseful. Transitions like this helped emphasize the horror of the scary scenes.

The lighting also played a big role. It contrasts different parts of Allerdale Hall by darkening the parts of the house where the darkest secrets lie and lightening the parts of the house where the most happy memories or events happened.

However, this movie does have its downsides. If you plan to go see this movie for the horror factor, you will be severely disappointed. Although it is rated R, the actual amount of scary factors is at its very minimal.

Overall, I would rate this movie 7/10.

 

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