Lady Parts Episode 1.04: Crimson Peak
So going to see a gothic romance by Guillermo Del Toro may have seemed a poor life choice. And it was.
Crimson Peak is scary. Not in the terror stakes, but it taps into a primal fear all people have - of strangers, of an unknown future, of love, of secrets, of the unfamiliar. It is spooky and scary and is a well-constructed gothic story.
Crimson Peak's biggest failing was not the story or characters or tone, but rather misdirection through marketing. - spun as a thriller in period clothes, when in fact, this film is a gothic romance of the truest order. Scary, yes. Intrigue, yes. But a formulaic gothic story:, virginal heroine, scary castle, mysteries and heroes and psychological terror in all. This does not detract from the quality of the film, but when you walk into a cinema having been one sold one story and discover another it does tend to impact enjoyment.
In saying that, yes. Crimson Peak is scary and I will never watch this movie again because it gives me the willies and that is a good thing.
Hear more about the experience that was Crimson Peak in episode 1.04 of Lady Parts.