Crimson Peak was a chilling film that centred on a young woman named Edith, and the unfortunate, horrible and terrifying things she witnesses after marrying a mysterious man, named Thomas Sharpe. Taken by his charm and kind nature, she falls for him, thinking that he truly sees something in her, he seems to and the audience cannot help but fall for Sharpe’s kind smile. He respects Edith and sees a talent in her, admires her writing and strong will. With Tom Hiddleston playing the lead role, the audience want to root for him from the beginning, but sadly, things turn sour very quickly.
After meeting, Edith’s father, Carter, and Thomas do not see eye to eye, and while Thomas seems quite hurt and downbeat by Edith’s father’s refusal of his mining proposition, he still pursues Edith. Her father is not taken by him and still refuses to offer Thomas the help and money he needs to bring his vision into being, he also tells Thomas to leave his daughter alone, paying him off, demanding that he breaks Edith’s heart. The audience do not know why this is, but realise soon after that the father was right in doing so. Thomas and his sister, Lucille have a strange and dark past, one that poor Edith is blind to, at the beginning.
Edith’s father is murdered by an unknown figure and Edith has no one else to turn to, but Thomas, once she realises what her father had done. And once having seen her father’s dead body, she has no family left alive, her mother passed when she was younger. So, seemingly free, she marries Thomas, still mourning over her father, who she loved deeply, and moved with Thomas to Crimson Peak – a place she had been warned to steer clear from by her mother’s ghost. Edith realises this much too late, once she is already living with Thomas.
As the film unfolds, the audience come to terms with the fact that something is not quite right with the house that Edith and her husband are living in. Not only is his strange sister staying with them, but at night ghosts and strange figures haunt Edith’s steps, everywhere she goes. This is a film that really plays on your mind and while the ghosts and walking dead, aren’t as scary as one would expect, the blood and gore fills in that gap, with violent deaths and punishing fights, that leave a mess all over the floor.
It is revealed that Edith’s father had been right not to trust Thomas and his sister. They were strange and lived in a secluded home, on land that leaked red clay, symbolising the amount of murders they’d taken part in. Edith discovers that Thomas and his sister had actually killed their own mother, Lucille had killed Edith’s father, and all the other women Thomas had married, three women, by poisoning them with the tea she made them drink. Thomas only married Edith for her money, to keep the house standing and to get his project going, or so Lucille thought. Thomas had actually fallen in love with Edith and now wishes to protect her, and in doing so, the audience find out about Thomas’s and Lucille’s disgusting, immoral incestuous relationship.
In the climax of the film, Edith’s childhood friend returns, Alan, to help her escape and in a bloody fight, Thomas and his sister are killed. Edith survives, though sickened, suffering from multiple wounds and the poison she’d been given, she leaves that awful place, with her friend, to return one presumes back to America, as the house sinks in the thick, crimson clay.