Our London Copy Director Philip Browning takes a break from the theatre to see Crimson Peak at the cinema.
The script of Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak draws on Jane Eyre, Rebecca and The Fall of the House of Usher, but what’s most arresting is the way it looks. The sumptuous design feeds the mind more satisfyingly than the usual period haunted house eye candy.
Bright white snowflakes punctuate the brown and black interiors, the evil sister wears midnight blue, the heroine yellow – the colour of a canary trapped in a cage. She’s encased in chrysalis-shaped dresses, as if she’s ready to transform into one of the beautiful dying moths that flutter and smother the walls of her magnificently dilapidated prison-home. This is the highest of High Gothic, and the grandest of Grand Guignol.