Crimson Peak

Crimson Peak

Guillermo del Toro (2015)

15 Certificate


Our Score
The combination of director Guillermo del Toro's flair for supernatural horror and gothic melodrama would appear to be a match made in heaven. And with Mia Wasikowska (who played Brontë's Jane Eyre in the 2011 adaptation) as the Eyre-like American innocent swept off her feet by Tom Hiddleston's brooding baronet and taken to his spooky ancestral pile in England, how could it go wrong? But this predictable if occasionally gruesome tale is a huge disappointment considering the talent in front of and behind the camera. As you'd expect from the director of Pan's Labyrinth, the sets are colourful and rich in detail but the same cannot be said of the script, dialogue or characters. Even Hiddleston, who has the ability to flip from charming to chilling in an instant, seems becalmed as the blue blood with ulterior motives for marrying his new bride. Jessica Chastain as his ice-maiden sibling fares no better while Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim) is bland as Wasikowska's to-the-rescue hero. It's not even very scary despite the sudden appearance of CGI-spawned writhing wraiths. What a shame.


An aspiring writer marries a British aristocrat, and goes to live with him and his sister in their sinister ancestral home. She is tormented by ghostly apparitions and seeks to uncover the terrifying secrets in the family's past. Guillermo del Toro's gothic horror, starring Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain.

Cast & Crew

Edith Cushing Mia Wasikowska
Lady Lucille Sharpe Jessica Chastain
Sir Thomas Sharpe Tom Hiddleston
Dr Alan McMichael Charlie Hunnam
Carter Cushing Jim Beaver
Holly Burn Gorman
Mrs McMichael Leslie Hope
Edith's mother, Lady Sharpe Doug Jones
Enola, Margaret, Pamela Javier Botet
Eunice McMichael Emily Coutts
Director Guillermo del Toro
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: Violence, a sex sceneAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 16 Oct 2015