The trailers for Crimson Peak are much scarier than the film itself, which is a plus for some, a minus for others. Regardless of how thrilling you find Crimson Peak, the visuals are stellar, and Mia Waikowski’s costumes are beyond compare. However, the story is a bit thin, like the oily bloodlike clay that only exists in this Victorian nightmare.

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The trailer for Guillermo Del Toro’s latest horror film Crimson Peak pulses like a dreaded heartbeat. The setting is a giant gothic house in Victorian-era northern England where everything is dark and nothing feels safe. Mia Wasikowska stars as writer Edith Cushing who falls in love with Tom Hiddleston’s Sir Thomas Sharpe, and then has to move into his creepy secluded mansion with her new husband and his sister Lucille (Jessica Chastain.) The film’s color is lushly dark, with the exception of red, which is only associated with the ghosts that terrorize the young Ms. Cushing. This crimson stylistic decision isn’t just aesthetically interesting, it has a deep significance for Del Toro.