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REVIEW: Riddled with plot holes, ‘Crimson Peak’ fails to evoke fear

It's not horror when Tom Hiddleston's face is the only take away.

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“Crimson Peak” (2015) centers around a young woman named Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) who longs to become a writer. That is, until a mysterious stranger named Sir Thomas Sharp (Tom Hiddleston) comes to America from England and wins her heart. They marry and move to Sharpe’s estate, an extremely old house slowly rotting and falling apart in Cumberland, England. Little does Edith know that Sharpe’s sister, Lucille (Jesicca Chastain), is trying desperately to conceal a dark secret within the house. A secret that might endanger Edith’s life.

As I watched the film, I found myself confused throughout. Without giving anything away, the film was riddled with plot holes in both story and character development. Whenever the film shed light on a mystery, it didn’t totally make sense. Perhaps in trying to come up with something original, the director created an incoherent monster forged from random concepts.

Don’t get me wrong, though! I did enjoy the film. It certainly kept me on the edge of my seat for the most part. However, Guillermo del Toro focused too much of his time on predictable jump scares. Only near the end of the movie did one particular scene make the audience in my theater jump and gasp in horror. During the rest of the film, the audience didn’t seem to be very afraid. I felt as if they were all waiting for something terrifying to happen. But when it failed to deliver, they all slumped into their chairs in disappointment.

I can be scared quite easily when it comes to the horror genre. But this one didn’t particularly make me shrink down in my seat. Sure the special effects and imagery in the film are good and will become etched in your brain for the next week, but it’s nothing horror audiences haven’t seen a hundred times over.

Was it worth the price of admission? No, I don’t think so. The story was strange and didn’t make much sense. However, if you are a Tom Hiddleston fan girl (much like I am), then this movie doesn’t disappoint — he’s still as beautiful as ever, ladies! But all-in-all, I recommend waiting for this film to become available for rent it if you really want to see it.

2.5/5 stars

Oliva Ranz is a freshman film production major. This review reflects the opinion of the author only.

2 comments on “REVIEW: Riddled with plot holes, ‘Crimson Peak’ fails to evoke fear

  1. Adrienne Funderburg

    “I can be scared quite easily when it comes to the horror genre…”
    The thing about this film it isn’t a horror film – it’s gothic romance. Those genre may be hard for an American audience to differentiate between, especially when we’re used to horror and Guillermo Del Torro is Hispanic and the different culture is integrated into his films. Seeing the film with that background information in mind could help to change an American’s expectations and perhaps have a greater appreciation for the film.
    As for the plot holes, I don’t have much to say because I haven’t seen it yet. I just thought that the gothic romance genre of the film would help shed some light on it’s different feel.


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