When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay: a place ﬁlled with secrets that will haunt her forever. Between desire and darkness, between mystery and madness, lies the truth behind Crimson Peak.
From the imagination of director Guillermo del Toro comes a supernatural mystery starring Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Charlie Hunnam.
Crimson Peak is a 2015 gothic romance film directed by Guillermo del Toro and written by del Toro and Matthew Robbins. The film stars Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam, and Jim Beaver. Produced by Legendary Pictures and distributed by Universal Pictures, the film was released on October 16, 2015.
Around the turn of the 20th century, Edith Cushing, the young daughter of self-made industrialist Carter Cushing, is visited by her mother’s black, disfigured ghost. The spirit warns her daughter to, “Beware of Crimson Peak”
Fourteen years later, Edith is now a budding author who prefers penning ghost stories to writing romance novels that her editor wants. She meets Sir Thomas Sharpe, an English aristocrat seeking investors, including Edith’s father, for his clay mining invention. Disdaining privileged aristocracy and unimpressed with Sharpe’s prototype and previous failures to raise capital, Cushing rejects Sir Thomas’ proposal. Edith notices that the Sharpes wear expensive but outdated fashions. Shortly after, Edith once again is visited by her mother’s spirit bearing the same warning.
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Mr. Cushing and Edith’s childhood friend, Dr. Alan McMichael, disapprove when Edith and Sir Thomas become romantically attached. Mr. Cushing hires a private detective who uncovers Sir Thomas’ marriage and other unsavory facts about him and his sister, Lucille. Mr. Cushing confronts the Sharpe siblings and bribes them into leaving Buffalo, NY. As Cushing instructed him, Sir Thomas cruelly breaks off his and Edith’s relationship, but the next morning, sends her a note explaining his actions. Soon after, Mr. Cushing is brutally murdered. Edith and Sir Thomas marry and return to England. They arrive at Allerdale Hall, the Sharpe’s dilapidated mansion. Despite Edith’s efforts, Lucille acts cold and distant.
Edith soon sees gruesome ghosts, including her mother, who again warns: “Beware of Crimson Peak.” To help calm her, Sir Thomas takes her into town. When they are snowed in overnight, they passionately consummate their marriage. Lucille angrily lashes out when they return the next morning, frightening Edith. By the time Sir Thomas mentions that the estate is sometimes referred to as “Crimson Peak”, due to the red clay seeping up through the snow, Edith is growing increasingly weaker and coughing up blood.
Edith explores the house and begins piecing clues together revealing that Sir Thomas previously married three wealthy women, all of whom were poisoned for their inheritances. She also discovers that the siblings have had a long-term incestuous relationship. Lucille murdered their mother after she discovered her children’s involvement. Left to their cursed manor, the siblings began the “marriage and murder” scam to fund Sir Thomas’ inventions. Their incestuous union also resulted in a sickly infant who died.
After talking to the private detective that Mr. Cushing hired, Dr. McMichael arrives at Allerdale Hall to rescue Edith. Lucille stabs him, then demands that Sir Thomas finish him off. Sir Thomas, who has fallen in love with Edith and does not want to harm her, inflicts a second, non-fatal stab wound to McMichael. He then hides McMichael in the cellar, saying that he will save Edith. Lucille, jealous that Sir Thomas loves Edith and wants to leave Allerdale Hall, murders him in a fit of rage; she then pursues Edith. With help from Sir Thomas’ ghost, Edith kills Lucille. Edith and Sir Thomas’ ghost bid each other a silent farewell before his spirit departs. Edith escapes with McMichael and Lucille’s ghost now haunts Allerdale.