Crimson Peak Directed By Guillermo del Toro

Not everyone can appreciate a period piece. I, however, love a good blast from the past, especially when it sets the pace and mood of a good horror film. Directed by Guillermo del Toro, “Crimson Peak” is a visually stunning gothic tale combining romance, mystery, and horror elements. Del Toro honors many cinematic horror stories whilst imagining any young woman’s nightmare. “Crimson Peak” is a visually mesmerizing and emotionally charged horror film that will appeal to fans of gothic tales and atmospheric storytelling. Without giving too much away, Crimson Peak is a story about a young American woman swept up in a sudden marriage to a mysterious British baronet. Their beginning is tumultuous at best, as she joins him in his family estate plotted on a land of red-rich clay. As she learns more about her husband, she begins to lose herself in the madness of Allerdale Hall.

Overall, the film scores highly in creating an atmosphere of dark, gothic, romantic tones. I would’ve loved to have enjoyed Crimson Peak on a late autumnal evening with the rain rapping on my window and a hot cup of cocoa in my hands. Unfortunately, I don’t think parts will be to everyone’s taste. Though I believe specific details can be perceived as rational to the plot, I did not personally believe they were necessary. What sets “Crimson Peak” apart from other horror films is its emphasis on atmosphere and storytelling. While there are moments of suspense and terror, the film’s primary focus is on the relationships between the characters and the secrets that lurk within the walls of Allerdale Hall. Del Toro weaves a captivating narrative, blending elements of love, betrayal, and supernatural horror into a haunting tapestry. Ultimately, I enjoyed this creepy cautionary tale for its aesthetic value more than its actual plot. So, if you’re in the mood for a hauntingly beautiful horror film, give “Crimson Peak” a watch.

Editor’s Note:  Del Toro’s genius lies in his ability to breathe life into the images that crowd his brain. The film’s atmosphere crackles with sexual passion and dark secrets. Every shot is an intricate marvel, glowing like stained glass. Del Toro’s attention to detail immerses us in a world where beauty and decay coexist. The film pulsates with desire and danger. The gigantic emotions—love, jealousy, and betrayal—are the true horrors. In the grand tradition of gothic storytelling, “Crimson Peak” invites us into a world where love and darkness collide. Guillermo del Toro’s vision, combined with outstanding performances, creates a hauntingly beautiful nightmare—one that lingers long after the credits roll.

At four years old, R.F. Greer wrote, directed, and starred in her first film titled, “Princess Asleep.” Since then, she has been a storyteller of many colors, honing her skills at North East School of the Arts in San Antonio, TX, and earning the Co-Editor position of their literary magazine “After Midnight” before graduating. In a gap year, Rhiannon wrote two feature films, maintained a website, and recorded poetry. In college, she was published in the University of Tennessee Knoxville’s literary magazine “Phoenix” and her book of poetry, “The Habit of Breaking Routine,” on Amazon Kindle. At the same time, she continues to earn her bachelor’s in Psychology and work full-time.

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