As a little girl Edith Cushing was visited by the skeletal ghost of her mother, who warned Edith to beware of Crimson Peak. Jump ahead 14 years, and Edith (Mia Wasikowska) is a writer, often telling people that her story isn't a ghost story but "a story with a ghost in it." She's not interested in romance or society, so naturally she catches the eye of two prominent gentlemen in society. Dr. Alan McMichael (Charlie Hunnan) has been interested in her for a while, but she considers him just a friend.
Then there's Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston), a struggling aristocrat from England. Thomas has come to America to earn capital from Edith's father Carter (Jim Beaver) to build a machine to mine the rare red clay from his family land. Edith is entranced by Thomas, even while Carter is suspicious of the man. Thomas' strange piano-playing sister Lucille (Jessica Chastain) is also there.
Overall grade: C-
Reviewed by James Lynch