Gothic fiction has been one of the most popular fiction for not just years but centuries. Most historians believe Horace Walpole’s 1764 novel The Castle of Otranto was the very first – candles blowing out, gusts of wind, shadows in the dark, mysterious strangers – all these things are nothing new to us, but during Walpole’s time, it was fresh … original … new. Film picked up on it and such movies as the Universal and Hammer films were awash with the traits. Modern director Guillermo Del Toro’s latest film, Crimson Peak, is in ways a throwback to those films as well as the gothic fiction they grew from.
Young Edith Cushing, who’s mother passed away years earlier, is visited by an inventor and his sister to see if her family would invest in his mining invention. After a brief romance, the two marry and head back to his family’s estate, Crimson Peak, in the rural England countryside. Soon mysterious ghosts appear to Edith which slowly reveals a great mystery of secrets both about the mansion that she now resides in as well as the family she has married into.
The film produced fairly decent reviews by critics and yet completely disappointed at the box office. Genre and Del Toro fans alike seemed to avoid this curious movie that some say was more gothic romance than gothic horror. Dark Discussions gives their opinion of the film as well as discuss the marketing of the movie, what type of folks would enjoy it, and how they would categorize it.