Hi folks! I hope you're all having a fabulous week so far.
Given that Halloween is only just around the corner, I thought I'd share my thoughts on a particular horror movie I watched yesterday evening.
Although I will admit I do like to chill out and watch movies in the evenings, especially now that winter is on it's way, I took the perfect opportunity to sit down and watch something on my NOW TV box.
Flicking through hundreds of films, I came across a film called Crimson Peak. It didn't look like my usual type of film to watch, however, I'm glad I gave it a go as it's probably one of the best one I've watched in a long while, Literally!
Crimson Peak was produced by Guillermo del Toro, a Gothic fantasy-romance set way back in the history of 1887. Set in the region of Northern England, young author Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) falls in love and marries Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston) but then discovers that her charming new husband is not who he appears to be. His home filled with ghostly, mysterious entities and secrets, which he and his sister, Lady Lucille Sharpe (Jessica Chastain), tries to hide.
When Edith is a young woman she aspires to write about the ghosts she sees inside her home, where she lives with her father Carter Cushing. Edith's mother died of black cholera when she was little and has since come back as a spirit and haunts her daughter, Edith. She has a terrifying meet with her mother's spirit. Wrapping her dark, dead fingers around Edith's shoulder as she lays in her bed trying to hide her terror, the ghost whispers a warning: "Beware of Crimson Peak."
When Edith turns into a young woman she aspires to write about the ghosts she sees and encountered with when she was little, though it's her mother who tries to warn her of Crimson Peak and is the most biggest encounter she's ever had with a spirit.
Edith is pressured into writing about romance but it soon fails when an unexpected visitor arrives at her door seeking funding for an invention of his own from Edith's father. But Sir Thomas Sharpe soon falls in love with Edith despite her father's approval.
Thomas turns his attentions to Edith and gains her affection by crediting her as a gifted writer and story-teller but it soon appears that Thomas is not all as he's made out to be as his intentions for Edith soon turns brutal and takes a sinister turn for the worst with dark secrets around every corner.
The intensity of Crimson Peak is such a powerful story between love and misfortune. Edith thinks she's found the man of her dreams but turns out she's married a back widow with dark intentions to destroy her life. twists and turns from every angle and wreckage throughout with what seems to be the perfect romance but turns out to be complete tragedy.
It's a prime example of being careful of who you trust. Not everyone is how they might seem to you. There's good and bad but it's about being careful who you hope to spend the rest of your life with. There isn't always a happy ending.
The purpose of the story is to make you think that everything seems perfect, not until it captures your thoughts and makes you question is Sir Tom Sharpe who he's made out to be. Extremely gruesome at certain points but an edge of your seat performance.
As a huge horror film fanatic myself, it doesn't quite compare to other horror's I've seen. It's your average spooky haunted house. I questioned whether It'll be like the Women In Black but Crimson Peak is a more subtle feel - not as many jumpy scenes but still gives you the same effect. There are a few similarities between them. Both about writers, haunted houses and twists and turns. But Crimson Peak has a much better storyline and action as well as a lot more characters.
If you haven't seen this film yet, I recommend that you do and see it now. It's different, dramatic and slightly gory with a great mixture of actors. I'm never usually the one to watch a long film for more than two hours but it proved me wrong.