Crimson Peak hits the big screen

PUBLISHED: 09:41 16 October 2015

Crimson Peak.

Crimson Peak.


GUILLERMO Del Toro’s latest blockbuster is a tale of horror in 19th-century Cumbria.

Crimson Peak tells the tale of an aspiring author named Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska), who falls for the dashing Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston) and returns to his manor, bearing the same title as the film itself.

When she enters the remote mansion in the secluded English hills after marrying the dignitary, she soon finds herself inside a castle which both lives and bleeds – where she is joined by Lady Lucille (Jessica Chastain), Thomas’ alluring sister and the keeper of the family’s darkest secrets.

Edith had assumed the house would be a grand estate, but finds herself in a dilapidated ruin.

But much worse than the need for some DIY is the ghosts and ghouls which live within the castle’s walls, and she finds herself able to communicate with them.

Edith attempts to decipher the mystery behind the ghostly visions which haunt her in her new home, but is forbidden from leaving by Lucille.

As the encounter goes on, the more she realises the real monsters are made of flesh and blood.

This is another film both thrilling and chilling from acclaimed director Del Toro, who previously brought you Pan’s Labyrinth and Pacific Ring.

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