Crimson Peak Wednesday, 08 April 2020

Crimson Peak

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong bloody violence.

  • The pitch:

    Damsel in this dress.

  • Starring:

    Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam, Jim Beaver, Burn Gorman, Leslie Hope

  • Directed by:

    Guillermo del Toro

  • Running time:

    119 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)


    People are stabbed, slapped, head-smashed, grabbed, pushed over a high railing, hand/arm-slammed, sliced/slashed with a knife, hit with an object, accidentally burned, poisoned, throat-grabbed, pulled to the ground. A dog's neck is broken (off-screen). Ants eat dying butterflies. Objects slammed, smashed. A newspaper headline mentions mother murdered in front of children. Abandoned dog left to die, father breaking mother's leg, being locked away/hanged, beatings by mother mentioned. Reference to mental institution. Shouting, arguing, screaming. Blood/gore: (Heavy). Corpses (severe injuries shown), coffin, bodies lying under sheets, ghostly skeletons/apparitions. Bloody faces, hands, tears, clothing, cuts/slashes, swirling water, objects. Spurting/pooling/oozing/spattered blood, stab wounds, sliced hand/fingers, coughing up blood, broken limb. Object removed from skin. Burned hand (steam/friction). Skeletal ghosts (including baby): some with muscles/organs/sinew/decay visible, some with evidence of how they died/suffered: knife in skull, bulging eyeballs, covered in red, missing finger, caved-in skull. Dead butterflies, rabbits, flies. Wound-dressing, bruise, pinned butterfly, surgeon's needle. Dying people eating each other, setting broken leg mentioned.


    Incest, bigamy. A couple has bedroom sex. A woman is seen with her hand down a man's pants, oral sex implied. Kissing, caressing, undressing, flirting. Image of threesome (female-female-male seen). References to not having sex. Bare thighs, shoulders, knees, backs, bottom (male), cleavage. Hint of nipple seen through nightgown. Woman in bath.


    Poisoining, sedation. Alcohol (wine, champagne). Port, prescription eye drops mentioned. Bottles of white powder seen.


    F-word, s-word, bloody, damn. Name-calling. Snide/belittling comments/remarks. Religous references and exclamations.


    Family secrets, supernatural, ghosts, gothic stories, decrepit/haunted houses, latent images, siblings, Victorian treatment of women/children, horror, death, grief, hatred of one's mother, bigamy, incest, tragedy, writing/publishing, matricide.


    Mortuary, funeral settings. Deceased father, identifying deceased father, closed coffin, spying at keyholes. Dead mother (black cholera), dead/ex-wives, widowhood mentioned. Butterflies, moths, ants, buzzing flies, dog, horses, full moon. Ghosts, objects moving on their own, scratching/groaning sounds, ghostly images in photographs. Vision during end credits.


    Creepy, lush, decadent, rich, sensory, muscular, nostalgic, mad, bombastic, emotional, beautiful, sumptuous, grandiose, gorgeous, tragic, stylish, fun, entertaining, indulgent. Talented ensemble, strong/lively/transfixing performances, effective/unsettling scares, gruesomely violent, insane costumes, riveting/ace/superbly executed set pieces, impeccable production design, immersive attention-to-detail, unabashed/symphonic score, absorbing/enveloping world, beautiful/elegantly designed ghosts, a loving homage, plays like a period film.


    Predictable, linear. Some miscasting, conventional plotting, not very scary.

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