Film: Crimson Peak

Take a little walk to the edge of town and go across the tracks...

Crimson Peak is the next approach of Guillermo del Toro to ghost stories, set to be released in October 2015. Itís - in his own words - a classic gothic horror romance with a modern take. The film stars Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain and Charlie Hunnam.

It's 1899 and Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) is a young writer with a troubled past, who marries Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston) and moves to his mansion home, Allerdale Hall, in Cumbria where he resides with his sister Lady Lucille Sharpe (Jessica Chastain). But (par for the course with a del Toro film) Edith discovers that Sir Thomas is not what he appears to be...

The first official trailer can be watched here. The second one is here, and another variation of it here.


This film contains examples of:

  • Arc Symbol: Pretty Butterflies are a re-occurring symbol throughout. Del Toro himself referenced this while guiding people through the Comic Con display.
  • Big Fancy House: Allerdale Hall is enormous and still opulent, if a tad decrepit. Lucille says there are parts of the house that are unsafe, though she's presumably trying to cover up the supernatural aspects rather than problems with the physical structure.
  • Blood Bath: A trailer shows Edith running a bath with what looks like blood spurting out of the tap.
  • Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress: Edith is shown in several trailers wearing a blood-stained white gown. Whether it's her actual wedding dress is unclear, but given that all hell seems to have broken loose when she married Thomas, it would certainly be appropriate.
  • Blue And Orange Contrast: On the official movie poster.
  • Byronic Hero: Sir Thomas looks like he may be this.
  • Could Have Avoided This Plot: Played with. Edith winds up involved with the horrors of Allerdale Hall because she chose to marry Thomas Sharpe, who grew up and lives in an unbelievably haunted mansion, when she had another man, Alan McMichael , who had a perfectly normal home for her to live in, pining for her. However, this takes place in an era in which women had little say in a marriage and when turning down a wealthy lord was unheard of. It may have been a matter of how Sharpe was the first one to propose.
  • Clockwork Creature/Creepy Doll: The fortune teller (?) toy Thomas and Edith are playing with in the trailer.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The synopsis says that Edith has a tormented past related to her family. The Sharpe children may have one as well (See Dysfunction Junction section).
  • Dysfunction Junction: Thomas and Lucille were confined to their nursery as children, hinting at a more tragic (and perhaps terrifying) back story.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: The Sharpe siblings.
  • Facial Horror: Just look at the poster!
  • Genius Loci: In one of the trailers, Thomas says the following: "A house as old as this one becomes, in time, a living thing. It starts holding onto things. Some of them good, some are bad. Some should never be spoken about again."
  • Genre Throwback: To Hammer Horror. Also ticks a lot of boxes for the classic literary Gothic Horror that's somewhat out of fashion today.
  • Ghost Story: It's implied that they are the ghosts of people who have suffered violent deaths at Crimson Peak.
  • Gothic Horror: Grand but rather creepy ancestral house in a beautiful but rather creepy landscape? Check. Victorian-ish time period? Check. Romance with unsettling undertones? Check. Ghosts? Check. This is a love letter to classic Gothic literature.
  • Harmful to Minors: Implied with the shot of a creepy monster hand grabbing a small child while she huddles in bed.
  • Haunted Heroine: Edith. Apparently she has been able to see ghosts for a while.
  • Haunted House: Crimson Peak, though its official name seems to be Allerdale Hall.
  • Love Triangle: Alan McMichael (Charlie Hunnam) is in love with Edith, who is married to Sir Thomas.
  • Malevolent Architecture: Implied.
  • The Peeping Tom: Lady Lucille peeps on her brother Thomas while he is having sex with Edith.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: Alan when Edith chooses to marry the mysterious Sir Thomas.
  • Softer And Slower Cover: A very creepy one of "Red Right Hand", in the trailer. May subvert The Cover Changes The Meaning, as the original song was pretty creepy anyway, this is just a different kind of creepy.
  • Snowed-In: From the trailers it looks as though the snow is going to make the remote mansion even more isolated and difficult to leave.
  • Snow Means Death: The eponymous house lies on a hilltop surrounded by a mostly barren snowy landscape. Also, the heroine is shown brandishing a knife confronting some kind of ghost(?) outside while the snow swirls around her.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: Sir Thomas Sharpe, unsurprising since he is played by Tom Hiddleston.