Happy Monday folks!
Today’s post is part review, part discussion. I’m going to talk about Guillermo del Toro’s Gothic Horror, Crimson Peak.
How many of you are fans of del Toro? Do you enjoy his unique blend of fantasy and horror, or do you find it too bizarre?
When I saw Pan’s Labyrinth years ago, it was unlike any movie I had ever seen. As a life-long fan of Tim Burton, I have a fondness for unusual movies, so I was quite taken with it. The plot was dark and sinister, but I thought del Toro’s monsters were so imaginative, and very beautiful in their own way.
Since then, I have seen many of his movies but none of them really came close to Pan’s Labyrinth. As a result, I wasn’t really keen to see Crimson Peak when it was released and despite glowing reviews, I haven’t watched The Shape of Water yet either. I will though, it’s on my list!
Last night, I was in bed with a fever and chills. Unable to read (yep it was that bad!) but desperately needing a distraction, I began looking for something that would help take my mind off my discomfort, but not be something that I would care about missing if I nodded off, or zoned out. Cue Crimson Peak.
I wish so much this was a book. No not the novelisation, but an actual novel that had come before the film, because I think it would have been amazing. It has all the qualities of a good gothic novel and a plot that needs to be expanded. For example, it would have been good to have a larger picture of Thomas and Lucille’s childhood. We know it was messed up, obviously, but knowing more about their parents would be good.
The movie was decent though. Set design was pretty spectacular, and I really loved the cast. The ghosts however, leave a little to be desired. It could be that the effects are a bit dated, but I thought they were kind of cheesy. Mind you, my bar was set pretty high because of their creator.
The premise was excellent! A classic Victorian horror with all the trimmings. That I really enjoyed!
I don’t know, I guess like all things groundbreaking or totally original, it’s not as special the second, third, or fourth time around. Pan’s Labyrinth blew me away so everything that has come after just doesn’t impress me as much.
I’d love to hear your thoughts about this movie or Guillermo del Toro. Have you read the novelization and is it worth reading?