Here we have young Edith, the only daughter to her widowed and wealthy father. Edith is aspiring to be a novelist. Well that is until she falls in love with a not so wealthy English clay farmer, one Sir Thomas Sharpe. She is then visited by the ghost of her mother warning her to beware of Crimson Peak. Well ok then. After a whirlwind romance ,and the horrible death of her father, Edith marries Sir Thomas and jets away to his estate in England. Her new home is the dilapidated Allerdale Hall. Her she is to live with her new husband and his intense and maybe crazy sister.
Meanwhile back in the U.S. a long-time friend (and want-to be beau) of Edith, Dr. McMichael, uncovers some information about Sir Thomas. Oh no there are some unsavory events in the Sharpe’s past and present. He is off to England to save her and the day!
|"Well sweetie you did marry Loki....so this is really on you.|
Now have some tea."
Eventually, Edith discovers the truth behind the Sharpe family and the hauntings in the manor house. The only problem is now how is she going to reconcile all this and survive?
This was and was not what I expected. The ads made it look like a hard core bloody ghost story. It really wasn’t that at all. It is instead a slow burning Victorian/Gothic romantic thriller that has a bit of with ghosts as a plot device and a healthy mix of V.C. Andrews. If you go (or went in) expecting a bloody bunch of ghost and bloody blood stuff, then you will be (or were) disappointed.
I was really surprised how much I liked this movie. There was a huge amount of build-up and back story, but it didn’t get too heavy or drag for me. If anything the slow build only made the final fall that much better.
There is not the horror obligatory jarring noises and jump scares and that makes the film even better.
If there is a downside it is that you can see the surprise at the end coming. Well you should be able to see it before they drop it in your lap, especially if you know anything about flowering plants in the top storage levels of a house.
A proper ghost story set against a tragic romance. Yeah it is not what I expected, but it was still enjoyable. I actually enjoyed a tragic romance movie. Who would have thought that?