Considering this movie came out in 2015, late I know now let it go, this is going to have spoilers. So if you haven’t seen STOP reading, and if you have seen it Welcome, or if you don’t care either way haveatit!
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
Rebecca meets Flowers in the Attic
The movie begins with a bloody Mia Wasikowska saying that “ghost are real.” Then it shows a little girl , the main character’s younger self, at her mother’s funeral. Later that night the little girl is visited by her mother’s ghost warning her about Crimson Peak. Flash forward 14 years the story begins.
An aspiring writer and outcast Edith (Mia Wasikowska) meets an inventor Thomas (Tom Hiddleston) who is looking for investors, one that happens to be her father. Thomas, an unknown man from England, doesn’t sit well with Edith’s father and ends up bribing Thomas along with his sister Lucille (Jessica Chastain) to leave New York. Edith father knowing that Edith and Thomas have feelings for each other blackmails Thomas into breaking her heart by leaving.
Edith believes that Thomas and Lucille have left only to receive a letter from Thomas explaining that it was her father that spent them away. Edith is shocked and relieved that Thomas didn’t leave and confesses his love to her which a course she feels the same way. Edith and Thomas return to her home to learn that Edith’s father has been brutally murder. Edith’s childhood friend and physician Dr. Alan (Charlie Hunnam) disapproves of her relationship with Thomas, just like her father, begins to find more and more dirt on Loki.
Edith marries Thomas and leaves New York and heads to England. This is where the beautiful cinematography that Guillermo Del Toro does so well comes into play. A broken down and very old mansion is now Edith’s new home with Thomas and Lucille. Edith begins to start hearing voices and then starts seeing red ghosts around the house. Lucille, who is very cold and distant towards her just continues to serve her tea and leave her alone. Thomas reveals that she married someone without wealth and she deserves more when she tells him he is all she has. Thomas unintentionally reveals that their land is called Crimson Peak because of the red clay under the house. Edith scared shitless about the red ghost appearing only to her begins to fall ill. Thomas then decides to take her out of the house for some alone time and to take her mind off ghosts.
Thomas and Edith return to the mansion, you after doing the biggity bang bang, and Lucille loses her temper at Edith for not returning. Edith then takes a key from Lucille to open a box she found in the attic. Edith opens the box and finds letters from three different woman and recordings. Edith learns that each woman was in a relationship with Thomas, wealthy and fatally died. While listening to the recordings Edith learns that the very tea Lucille had been giving her is poisoned. Edith feeling very ill and coughing up blood stops drinking the tea.
Trying to piece together everything Edith’s has learned, Alan is trying to get to Edith to reveal that Thomas has been married before and each wife had been killed. Of course at this point she had already figured that much. A weak Edith asks the red ghost what she wants from her and it leads her to find her Lucille and Thomas feeling each other up. Flowers in the Attic am I right? Lucille then pushes Edith off the stairs only to have her injured and not killed. Alan arrived in time to save her and tries to get her out of the house when Lucille forces Thomas to kill him. Thomas, although he was just banging his sister, is truly in love with Edith and gives Alan a non fatal stab. Lucille tries to force Edith to sign her wealth to her and Thomas and reveals the story to her.
Lucille and Thomas’s mother had walked in on them to which caused Lucille to murder her. Thomas and Lucille turned to marriage and murder scheme to support themselves. Just then Lucille reveals to Edith that she was the one that murdered her father back in the states. Edith stabs Lucille and runs only to run into Thomas. Thomas then reveals that he truly loves her and wants her to be safe. He tells her that Alan is alive and Thomas will deal with Lucille. But with Lucille batshit crazy she breaks down when she learns that Thomas is in love with Edith instead of just another body/paycheck. Lucille ends up killing Thomas in rage. Edith runs to find Alan only to cornered by Lucille. Lucille is about to kill Edith when the ghost of Thomas appears distracting her. Edith then kills her with a shovel. Alan and Edith are seen walking away from the mansion as help is seen in the distance. At the very end we see Lucille’s ghost playing the piano to haunt the house alone forever. In the credits it shows that Edith finally gets her book published and it’s about Crimson Peak.
The mind of Guillermo Del Toro is something of a masterpiece! It shows while watching this movie. The castle was so beautiful that you felt like everything in the mansion was meant to be there. Is it really a horror movie? No I don’t think. There was one scene or better yet a shot where a red ghost is seen hiding in the closet that freaked me about and that was about 5 seconds then it was gone. The ghost in the movie weren’t really the main focus on the film as the trailer intended it to be which I wish it weren’t the case. I was expecting a scare ass movie that I would need the lights on to sleep. What it was was a dark twisted love story. That being said I enjoyed it! I was constantly trying to figure out Thomas and Lucille’s story and although you figure it out about half way, the whole incense thing shock the hell out of me!
Sometimes when you’re expecting something and get something different and it either works or it doesn’t. I was in the middle. From the trailer it looked like this movie intended to scare and I was ready for it and in rare case I was seeking it and didn’t get it. That was the disappointment I had with the film and wished that didn’t force the horror genre into it as much as they did.
The acting was great, the set designs were beautiful as well as the cinematography. I enjoyed it and would watch again, come it has Loki and Jax, wants not to enjoy!