Crimson Peak (2015)

Crimson Peak
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Writer: Guillermo del Toro, Matthew Robbins
Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam, Jim Beaver, Burn Gorman, Leslie Hope, Doug Jones
Seen on: 18.10.2015

Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) dreams of publishing a book but until that happens, she’s quite happy at home with her father Carter (Jim Beaver). But then Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston) and his sister Lucille (Jessica Chastain) come from England to her father with a business proposal and Edith finds herself falling for Thomas. Her father makes inquiries about the Sharpes and is not convinced that Thomas would be a suitable match. But then Carter dies surprisingly and Edith follows the Sharpes to England. But there are ghosts that follow all of them. Literally.

Crimson Peak is the quintessential gothic horror story. It is so much the distillation fo the genre that nothing in it will surprise you, but if you like the genre, you’ll love the beautiful love letter to it that del Toro has crafted with this film.

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Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2010)

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
Director: Troy Nixey
Writer: Guillermo del Toro, Matthew Robbins, Nigel McKeand
Based on: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
Cast: Bailee Madison, Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Alex (Guy Pearce) and Kim (Katie Holmes) have acquired an old house which they’re currently renovating to sell. When Alex’ daughter Sally (Bailee Madison) moves in with them in said house, she discovers a cellar that was bricked up before. Excited, Alex and Kim open it up. Little do they know that there is something living in the cellar that has only waited to be released.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark is a genuinely scary, very classic horror movie. While the rest of the film is good, it’s the production and set design that is really great.

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