‘Crimson Peak’

0406CPIt looks stunning. But sadly, unlike director Guillermo del Toro’s previous outings in the genre – the magnificent Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone – that’s as far it goes.

Psychological fear and a child’s imagination were the mainstays of those previous features. Crimson Peak falls into the haunted house syndrome. The decaying house is the star, sitting as it does, isolated atop a huge red clay hillside in the English countryside. With its terrible secrets and dubious owners, impressionable Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, Stoker) marries into the family (Tom Hiddleston – Thor, War Horse).

What could have been a (red) gothic masterpiece is, like the clay the house sits upon, a claggy mess.

Rating: 46%


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