TRAGIC TALE: Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska in a scene from the movie, Crimson Peak.
TRAGIC TALE: Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska in a scene from the movie, Crimson Peak. CONTRIBUTED

MOVIE REVIEW: Tom tugs at heartstrings in Goth film

GOTHIC horror films seem a genre that's few and far between when they are made.

But of the mere few I have seen, I have always been romanced by the era, the fashion and, most importantly, the men.

Temptation is hard to resist, especially when your leading man is tall, dark and handsome.

And in the case of Crimson Peak, there was no stopping this fan girl from seeing Tom Hiddleston in one of his darkest roles yet.

Before delving into the details of the latest gothic horror film, Crimson Peak, I must warn you that the following review may contain strong fondness towards Mr Hiddleston.

Budding author Edith Cushing believes in ghosts, having been visited twice by her mother in a message of warning: "Beware of Crimson Peak".

But in the aftermath of a family tragedy, she is torn between her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider, Baron Thomas Sharpe.

Believing she has nothing left at home, she marries Thomas Sharpe and comes to live with him and his sister, Lucille, in an old and somewhat dilapidated mansion filled with horrifying secrets.

It's only a matter of time before Edith starts to uncover the tales to a house that breathes, bleeds and remembers.

Directed by Guillermo del Toro, you are instantly captivated by the attention to detail and atmosphere each scene evokes.

The mansion at Crimson Peak is breath-takingly beautiful despite its flaws of horror, red clay and open ceiling. There is something even oddly satisfying about watching the snow turn red as it seeps through the clay on Crimson Peak.

The film has a way of romantically sweeping you off your feet with colours, music and carefully juxtaposed frames.

Of course, it's hard for your heart not to flutter when Tom enters the room (swoon).

Despite the horror elements in this film, it is by no means a horror movie, but rather a tragic love story with a subtle twist to make you cringe in your seat.

Let yourself be whisked away, 19th Century style, in a waltz of twisty tragedy.

 

Crimson Peak

Rated: MA 15+

Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Burn Gorman, Jim Beaver

Reviewer: Tamara MacKenzie

Verdict:



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