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I hope you enjoyed my review of Crimson Peak, directed by Guillermo del Toro, and starring Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, and Charlie Hunnam. Let me know what you think in the comments below, and don’t forget to follow me elsewhere on the Internet (links below):

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  1. Thanks so much of this review! I really liked the trailers, and was confused why everyone online was calling it horror. I really liked the creepy romance story of the trailer, and that's what I want to see when I see the movie, so this movie sounds perfect for me. If it was horror I actually would be less inclined to see it, but because of your review I'll probably check it out today.

  2. I'm struggling to come up with anything but INCOHERENT CAPSLOCK to convey how much I love this movie. Even amid the craziness that is my life right now, I'm going to have to try to squeeze in another viewing before it leaves the cinemas.

  3. It's a beautiful and moving film, I've seen it three times – a work of art. I really enjoyed your review.

  4. I just saw this movie tonight and I really really enjoyed it. The acting was phenomenal and it was just a beautiful movie to watch. One scene that really stood out me as exceptionally beautiful is the scene where Edith throws open the doors to the house and the snow storm is happening outside – just gorgeous. I would give it 4.5 stars as well.

  5. I think it might have been the novel she worte, because I noticed at the end credits, when the book closes, it said: "La Cumbre Escarlata por Edith Cushing" which is basically "Crimson Peak by Edith Cushing" but I dunno haha

  6. 0:40 I disagree completely. This is very much a horror film. Its just a classic Gothic kind of horror. That's not an easy kind of story to tell, and this movie does a good job telling.

  7. It's refreshing to see this from another perspective as I think most of the reviews for this I have seen are pretty mixed. I largely have mixed feelings about this film myself though, my biggest problem with the film was Edith's character. She just seemed way to naรฏve for me, especially after its already revealed that she's smart. I'm going into SPOILER territory here but after the scene where her father was brutally murdered, doesn't she think to herself something isn't quite right there? :/ I felt the ghosts in the story as great as they look add little to the film, and also I didn't like exposition scene where she finds out the true nature of the Sharpe's either because I felt like things kinda went to a complete stop! You kinda knew from the start something was iffy with them, and with someone like Guillermo Del Toro directing the film, I feel he could have revealed this in a more creative way, especially with the ghosts. I really did like Jessica Chastain's performance in this film a lot though, she was very unsettling and shes a very convincing nut job throughout, I liked Tom Hiddleston too and I kinda like how with his character it was like he was at war with himself as things went on, he was quite an interesting character. I think I will be getting the blu ray too, because I kinda want to see it again though despite some of the problems I had with the film. There is so much beauty to this film with the look of the house the creative designs of the ghosts, and those last scenes gave the film a great finish, I'm sad I walked away feeling a bit underwhelmed. You never know, I felt like this about Prometheus the first time I watched it, but when I revisited it I enjoyed it a lot more for what it was. I promise my opinion is not based on the trailer either, but I agree I think this film is marketed as something it isn't. With Guillermo Del Toro as director I was never going to miss it anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I was dragged to this movie kicking and screaming so to speak, because i hated it based on the trailers. Really glad i watched it, excellent.
    I was actually midway through reading Mysteries of Udolpho when i saw it which was a bonus :).

  9. Just curious, have you ever seen a film called The Orphanage? Its a Spanish horror, sort of. He produced it, but didn't direct. If you haven't, you simply must see it ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. I totally agree with you, Mariana! I also thought the trailer was selling the movie way differently than how it's actually portrayed. I kinda knew that Guillermo was saying that it wasn't full-on horror (b/c I'm just that obsessive about it and watched every interview he did prior to the movie coming out a million times over), but the movie was still able to invert my expectations and turn them 180 degrees around.

  11. I love your review! It's one of the best reviews for one of my favorite films. Also, we do find out what Edith was writing. There's a shot at the very end where it shows you the cover of Edith's new book.

  12. 2 months ago when I saw your review you were probably the only reviewer I heard actually liking the movie and not considering it a disappointment… And now that I've just seen it I agree with what you said. I'm not a horror fan and I enjoyed it very much, the story was interesting, the sets were of course gorgeous and Jessica Chastain was outstanding (as well as Tom Hiddleston)! Gothic romance describes it perfectly and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who thinks they'd enjoy a movie of this type ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I love your review ๐Ÿ™‚ Exactly as you said I went into this movie expecting it to be a horror, but I was pleasantly surprised with it's outcome ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. I just saw it knowing exactly the type of movie it was. Firstly, it looks absolutely stunning, just gorgeously Gothic. The central trio are well very cast and Wasikowska, Chastain and Hiddleston can do no wrong. My main issue is that I feel it is style over substance. If you strip away the admittedly amazing visuals, there is very little to latch on to. We've seen the main plot devices in previous horrors and thrillers all the way back to HItchcock. The script could have been much better – I was really intrigued with how Mia's character would develop after the first act, but there was no real character arc for her; and I didn't buy into the love story either. It felt too quick and forced and unearned, especially from the viewpoint of Hiddleston's character and how it completely changes his motivations. There is a lot to like but I wish the romance was more believable and Wasikowska was given more to do.

  15. The so obviously CGI ghost is regrettably not at all scary especially her plastic spindly fingers and her bony black face. A real 'woman ghost' would have been more effective. Something more like the evil governess's apparition in Henry James' Turn of the Screw.

  16. The film did receive mixed reviews, and my personal take on it is well – mixed. :-)The film for me was an "eye candy" to watch. It was really pretty. I did not like the ghosts though. They might be cool as creatures, but as "ghosts" they were way too detailed.The performances were as good as the characters allowed meaning Jessica Chastain gave probably the best performance in the pisture while Charlie Hunnam … – well, the excavating machine they were building had more character than the guy poor Charlie had too play. A lot of people complain on Mia Wasikowska, I'm happy I'm not the only one who thought she did ok. My biggest problem with this movie was actually the plot. It was too cliche. You could tell from the get go 'who's who' and how its gonna develop. Also there were some funny concepts which made little sense (you've got a fricking HOLE in your roof! Maybe you should do sth about it?) And true – the trailer for this film was terrible. All in all even though I'm not impressed with "Crimson Peak" as you are, but still I'd much rather watch such a movie that another remake/reboot/prequel/sequel/spinoff.

  17. Hey Marianna, Have you seen what the steelbook looks like for this film? ๐Ÿ™‚ It is probably the most gorgeous one I've ever brought, seriously. I really hope you can get it where you are as I know you'd love it. I'll have to show you. I'll definitely re-watch this film either tonight or tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. So I just rewatched it ๐Ÿ™‚ I have to say, I really don't know what happened to me the first time. I've gotta say I made the right choice getting it on blu ray, because I adored this film the second time around. Everything about this film just has an elegance to it. I think the visuals are stunning. I think they amp up the volume on certain sound effects as well on the big screen, because it was a much different feel on blu ray for me. I agree with you it is so much better than what the critics are saying. It is endlessly re-watchable as well. I wish I'd have waited to do my top 10 as well because it should have been on there for me.http://boxd.it/8EQO5

  19. Of course I wanted to see this film when it was in theaters… But October was a big month for me and I turned every free moment I had into an event for my Spooktacular. Sadly, I couldn't fit "Crimson Peak" into the schedule… Then October was over and this movie was already out of theaters! :O

    I finally rented it last night and fell in love instantly. The film was gorgeous. The world so very lucious. It was filled to the brim with people, every room was decorated. But more than anything was the SOUND! … I watched the film with my surround sound headphones, because they help me focus on what I'm watching and I get less distracted that way… But this film in particular turned sound into a character. Every room has a unique sound and how it echoes voices. The creaking of places. I jumped several times during the film, because the sound led me to the scare and then smacked me with it. It was such an experience I have not had with a movie in a very long time. I think that's why I loved the film from the get go and then all the way through.

    In the matter of not meeting what audiences and critics wanted… This seems to be a thing lately. "The WItch" has been extremely polarizing with the other people I know who have seen it. Many found it boring, which once again I'm at a loss for. Maybe I've just become an old man who idolizes Kubrick… This happened before with Ti West's "House of the Devil" and "The Innkeepers", both also got lots of criticism that they were too slow burners… And perhaps this is where my love of Stephen King comes in. King gets hailed repeatedly that his spends the time making you care about the characters. You spend time with them. With "Crimson Peak" I would've been fine with a whole movie just being the third of the film. I loved del Toro's period film. Tom Hiddleston is just so… alluring… I could watch him for hours and hours… And I do… <_< But people were annoyed it took too long to get to Crimson Peak… Cue my angry face. >:-/

    I mentioned to you last night that another reason I loved this movie was because how I found it spiritually similar to "Hellraiser". I rewatched that again last night because I was in such a kick. The thing about "Hellraiser" is that that Pinhead and the Cenobites are featured about as much as the ghosts are in this film. They're important, but on screen very little. Also when there is violence, it is quite bloody. That too also has a pace, because Barker is telling more of a Gothic tale than the horror tale the franchise later became.

    Mild spoilers though because you mention Charlie Hunnam's character… He actually has a surrogate in "Hellraiser" too. I was perhaps not bothered by Hunnam's character, because he felt in that same vain. Or even as Scatman Crothers in "The Shining". He's that False Hope character who you expect to charge in and save the day. And these stories are made all the better by not having that be the case.

    Another thing you brought up, but then didn't mention… You mentioned you thought it could've been the book she was writing but "probably not"… During the end credits there's a lovely detailed computer animation taking us through the above the line cast & crew members, but the final image left before the usual end tile crawl is the book "Crimson Peak" written by Edith Cushing. I took that to mean this film very easily could've been the book she was writing as all the little moments are mentioned from ghosts to the love story. But as I tend to accept things as reality, I vote everything in the movie did happen rather than the idea that it was instead just the book she was writing.

    So much to love about this film… I'm just again disheartened to know that my wheelhouse is not the same as the masses… But I'm never left wondering what is wrong with me, it is always what is wrong with others? ;D

  20. The movie was beautiful and Jessica Chastain was great. The plot was very predictable, though.

  21. I didn't enjoy it as much as I wanted to, but it was still beautiful and I'll gladly watch it again.

  22. Saw your review of this movie a few days ago, and it made me go back and watch it. When it initially came out in theaters, I couldnโ€™t wait to see it. Iโ€™m a huge Guillermo del Toro fan. Panโ€™s Labyrinth is one of my all-time favorites. Was so shocked leaving the theater thinking that was not an enjoyable movie, at all. After listening to your review, I thought that it really was exactly the kind of movie I should love…gothic horror tale, and that maybe I should revisit it . I did and loved it! Think I was expecting something else the first time I saw it or was too overhyped due to it being a GdT movie. Anyway…thanks for your review! Love your channel – so glad I found it. I have very similar taste in movies and look forward to watching more of your videos. ๐Ÿ˜

  23. I watched this movie because of another video that you mentioned it. I love your recommendations this was such a beautiful film I watched it before seeing this review and yes you are sooo right about it! Keep making this great videos they are so helpful and you have great taste in movies and books. I just order Idiot and The ocean at the end of the lane, canโ€™t wait to read them๐Ÿค— thank you for the reviews!

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