A creepy haunted house is not the only mood that director Guillermo Del Toro sets. There is an unmistakable air of "gothic romance" to the proceedings that feels very much in the vein of Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. Like those novels, we're introduced to a similar young heroine named Edith, (Mia Wasikowska) who is drawn to a mysterious man by the name of Thomas, whom she should probably steer clear of (Tom Hiddleston.) Persuaded by love, Edith agrees to become Thomas's wife and leave her home in America for the childhood home that he and his sister Lucille (Jessica Chastain) share. But soon she discovers that the house, as well as her new family, are not all that they seem.
Crimson Peak manages just enough to overcome its expectations of being full fledged horror due to its story, style and strong cast. It's a solid movie, but you can't help but wish that it was just a teeny bit scarier... even if it didn't want to be. EMILY RATING: 7.5/10