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Crimson Peak Review | The Reel Roundup

TRR: Director Guillermo del Toro's homage to classic, old-fashioned gothic horror, Crimson Peak follows Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska), an aspiring writer who leaves behind her life in America when she meets a man named Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston), a handsome and charming English baronet who's come to the States in search of funds to save his floundering family legacy. Soon Edith and Thomas are married, and she moves into his baroque family home, where she not only has to contend with Thomas' icy sister, Lucille (Jessica Chastain), but the tormented souls that wander its decrepit halls. Gorgeously macabre with bursts of shocking gore, Crimson Peak is worth the price of admission for its moody visuals and the fantastic sense of atmosphere alone. But there's also a heartbreaking story of love, greed and betrayal that anchors the entire film. Brought to vivid life through Wasikowska, Hiddleston and Chastain's excellent performances, the net effect is not only unforgettable, but unmistakably potent — and truly deserving of being called a pinnacle of gothic movie-making.

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