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Crimson Peak (2015)

  • Rate: 7.2/10 total 12,414 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Fantasy | Horror | Mystery | Romance | Thriller
  • Release Date: 16 October 2015 (USA)
  • Runtime: 119 min
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  • IMDb page: Crimson Peak (2015)
  • Rate: 7.2/10 total 12,414 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Fantasy | Horror | Mystery | Romance | Thriller
  • Release Date: 16 October 2015 (USA)
  • Runtime: 119 min
  • Filming Location: Pinewood Toronto Studios, Port Lands, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Budget: $55,000,000 (estimated)
  • Gross: $14,112,835 (USA) (19 October 2015)
  • Director: Guillermo del Toro
  • Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Fernando Velázquez   
  • Soundtrack: Red Right Hand
  • Sound Mix: Datasat | Dolby Digital | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Ghost | Love | Disrepair | Rain | Umbrella

Writing Credits By:

  • Guillermo del Toro (written by) &
  • Matthew Robbins (written by)

Known Trivia

  • Guillermo del Toro says this is the best set he’s ever worked on. 132 of 132 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Tom Hiddleston asked for Benedict Cumberbatch’s blessing before accepting the role as they are good friends in real life. Cumberbatch told him that it was “Amazing!” to have been replaced by Hiddleston. 352 of 358 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Benedict Cumberbatch was originally cast as the male lead but left the project due to undisclosed reasons. He was replaced by Tom Hiddleston. 208 of 211 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Jessica Chastain had said in an interview that Tom Hiddleston had found the script incredibly frightening when he first read it. 115 of 116 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Though the house was built in its entirety, it had to be torn down at the end of the shoot in order to make space in the studio. 102 of 103 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Everything in the house was made for the house. Nothing was reused from salvaged parts. 84 of 85 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Guillermo del Toro wrote 11 or 12 versions of the film before settling on the final draft. He was coming up with new scenes during production. 45 of 45 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Benedict Cumberbatch has stated that there was no bad blood between him and director Guillermo del Toro. Him pulling out of the project was an amicable arrangement between the two. 117 of 122 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Visually, Guillermo del Toro wanted the film to look like a Mario Bava Technicolor movie. 56 of 57 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Second film for Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska to work on together. The first being Only Lovers Left Alive (2013). 70 of 72 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |

Goofs: Continuity: When Edith coughs up blood in the middle of the night it appears on her pillow and she wipes some on the pillow next to her. When she gets up to investigate the sounds the blood disappears.

Plot: In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds – and remembers. Full summary »  »

Story: Edith Cushing is running away from a family tragedy. She marries Thomas Sharpe, a mysterious stranger. She comes to live with him and his sister, Lady Lucille Sharpe. She starts to find out that the Sharpe’s home is filled with ghosts. Written byizzejedmiston


Synopsis: Set in Cumbria, England, in a crumbling mansion in a largely rural and mountainous region of northern England in the late 19th century, young author Edith Cushing (Wasikowska) falls in love and marries Sir Thomas Sharpe (Hiddleston) but then discovers that her charming new husband is not who he appears to be. His home harbors ghostly, mysterious entities and secrets, which he and his sister, Lady Lucille Sharpe (Chastain), fiercely try to hide.

At the start of the film a young Edith Cushing, the daughter of self-made industrialist, Carter Cushing, is introduced. Edith’s mother died of black cholera when she was a young girl and Edith has a terrifying encounter with her mother’s restless spirit. Wrapping her dark, decaying fingers around young Edith’s shoulder as the girl shudders in her bed trying to will away her terror, the ghost whispers a warning: "Beware of Crimson Peak."

When Edith is a young woman she aspires to write about the ghosts she sees and encounters, though it is implied that her mother’s is the clearest and most intimate encounter she has ever had. Instead, she is pressured into writing about romance as it is expected of her gender. Edith writes the story and it fails, though it passes the eye of a visiting aristocrat seeking funding for an invention of his own from Edith’s father. The aristocrat is Sir Thomas Sharpe of Allerdale Hall, which is located atop a mine for red clay ultisol that is used in brick-making and rendering for iron ore. Being wary of aristocracy, the New York gentleman, Carter, turns away the Cumbria-born Sharpe with extreme distaste. Thomas turns his attentions to Edith and gains her affection by crediting her as a gifted writer and story-teller who doesn’t merely write ‘ghost stories’, but rather writes stories that happen to have ghosts. Charmed by this notion, Edith begins a romance with Sir Thomas that is watched closely by her childhood friend, Dr. Alan McMichael (Hunnam).

Mysteriously, Cushing is brutally killed, his skull crushed in. In the wake of his untimely death, Edith seeks solace in her romance with Sir Thomas who gently and tenderly seduces her into leaving New York for his own home in England to escape the ghosts of her past. Remembering the horror of being visited by her mother, Edith immediately agrees and sets sail for England. McMichael is wary of this arrangement and makes his own way to England later. Once at Allerdale Hall, a brilliantly clad but dilapidated mansion teetering on the red mire beneath it and crumbling under the snow and rain above, is revealed to be the Sharpe family home. Its unofficial name is Crimson Peak due to the red clay beneath it, though this is not mentioned to Edith at first, so the warning is not heeded. There, Lady Lucille Sharpe, Thomas’ older sister who has already seemed cold and distant towards Edith despite her charming brother’s demeanor and her apparent warmth for her brother, becomes even more cruel and controlling of Edith even denying her a copy of the keys to the rooms of the house itself. Edith is once again visited by the spirit of her mother who again wraps her fingers around Edith’s shoulder and offers the same warning: "Beware of Crimson Peak."

Edith becomes inconsolable after visits by other ghosts begin to terrify her, but Lucille firmly insists that she stays. As Edith’s inquiries about the house’s and the family’s histories begin to become more vocal, ghosts begin to appear all the more, beckoning her to the mines below. Despite a warning from her husband, who is awaiting the fortune of the late Carter Cushing, who is revealed to have been killed by Lucille, Edith ventures into the attic where the two siblings were holed up by their abusive mother and to the rendering vats below in the mines where she uncovers the decaying corpse of Sir Thomas’s last victim.

Thomas and Lucille have been using the inheritance of brides whose families lost their patriarch to fund Thomas’s inventive efforts. It is revealed that the siblings conspired both to murder the holder of the fortune if necessary and then the woman herself. It is also revealed that Thomas has an incestuous relationship with his sister who seduced him at a young age and that Lucille also conspired to free them and ‘never be apart’ by killing their own mother who had discovered the siblings’ sexual relationship. Left with the house to tend to, the two clung to their cursed surroundings and began the plots of marriage and slaying out of necessity. Sir Thomas has truly fallen in love with Edith, however, and cannot this time bring himself to do the deed. Insane with jealousy and greed, Lucille loses her calm demeanor and becomes a feral killer.

McMichael arrives to take Edith back to New York only to be stabbed and wounded terribly by a knife-wielding Lucille. Realizing that his wife is in mortal danger, Thomas helps Edith escape the house and is killed by Lucille in the process, dying the better man he had always wished to be. Edith becomes enraged that the man she loved was so corrupted by Lucille and herself strikes back with an equally large butcher knife. The two women battle one another intensely with Lucille doing considerable bloody damage, but ultimately being slain by Edith herself. Leaving the corpse of Lucille, Edith returns to the house and rescues McMichael. The two escape to a nearby city while the film reveals the images of the Sharpe siblings’ ghosts now residing in the home. Lucille continues to play the piano and seems to have her eyes filled with hate while the once charming Sir Thomas is steeped in sorrow and shame.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Maguy R. Cohen known as assistant executive producer
  • Guillermo del Toro known as producer
  • Callum Greene known as producer
  • Jon Jashni known as producer
  • Jillian Share known as executive producer
  • Thomas Tull known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Mia Wasikowska known as Edith Cushing
  • Jessica Chastain known as Lucille Sharpe
  • Tom Hiddleston known as Thomas Sharpe
  • Charlie Hunnam known as Dr. Alan McMichael
  • Jim Beaver known as Carter Cushing
  • Burn Gorman known as Holly
  • Leslie Hope known as Mrs. McMichael
  • Doug Jones known as Edith's Mother, Lady Sharpe
  • Jonathan Hyde known as Ogilvie
  • Bruce Gray known as Ferguson
  • Emily Coutts known as Eunice
  • Alec Stockwell known as Finlay
  • Brigitte Robinson known as Secretary Jane
  • Gillian Ferrier known as Society Girl #1
  • Tamara Hope known as Society Girl #2
  • Kimberly-Sue Murray known as Society Girl #3
  • Sofia Wells known as Young Edith
  • Joanna Douglas known as Maid Annie
  • Bill Lake known as Coroner
  • Jim Watson known as Shipping Agent
  • Javier Botet known as Enola / Margaret / Pamela
  • Peter Spence known as Manager
  • Danny Waugh known as Club Attendant
  • Sean Hewitt known as Reverend
  • William Healy known as Young Alan
  • Matia Jackett known as Young Eunice
  • Karen Glave known as Maid #1
  • Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah known as Maid #2
  • John Carter Craig known as Patient
  • Martin Julien known as Postal Clerk
  • Brian Kaulback known as Vendor #1
  • Richard Kerr known as Vendor #2
  • Shane McPherson known as Vendor #3
  • Tim Blake known as Reverend
  • Thomas Dorey known as Architect
  • Stephen K. Donnelly known as Butcher (uncredited)
  • Myrna Moretti known as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Daryn Pancer known as Ghost (uncredited)
  • Amanda Smith known as Beatrice (uncredited)
  • Laura Waddell known as Pamela Upton (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Daniel Carrasco known as character designer: DDT SFX
  • Graham Chivers known as special makeup effects technician
  • Jason Detheridge known as special makeup effects artist
  • Nacho Díaz known as special makeup effects artist
  • Jessi Elgersma known as spfx makeup assistant
  • Cliona Furey known as head of hair department
  • Erik Gosselin known as special effects makeup crew
  • Stephanie Ingram known as hair stylist to Jessica Chastain
  • Steven Kostanski known as special makeup effects technician
  • Carole Morales known as wig maker
  • Neil Morrill known as special makeup effects artist
  • Jordan Samuel known as makeup department head

Art Department:

  • Darleen Abbott known as construction accountant
  • David Best known as assistant art director
  • Cameron S. Brooke known as key scenic artist
  • Robert C. Brooke known as lead scenic artist
  • Carlos Caneca known as leadman
  • William Cheng known as set designer
  • Brian Cranstone known as on set carpenter
  • Guy Davis known as concept artist
  • David DeMarinis known as set dresser
  • David DiCorpo known as assistant head carpenter
  • Emerson Doerksen known as mold maker: scenic artist
  • Vince Donato known as assistant head carpenter
  • Brad Francis known as on set scenic
  • David G. Fremlin known as assistant art director
  • Christopher Geggie known as property master
  • Sonia Gemmiti known as assistant art director
  • Danny Haeberlin known as researcher
  • Matthew Hallett known as head welder
  • Chris Hanson known as shop specialist
  • Thomas Iwan known as lead welder
  • Stefany Koutroumpis known as set designer
  • Elis Lam known as first assistant art director
  • Patricia Larman known as set decoration buyer
  • John Mackenzie known as construction coordinator
  • Michael Madden known as set designer
  • Kari Measham known as set decoration buyer
  • Matt Middleton known as set designer
  • John Moran known as graphic designer
  • Vicki Pui known as concept illustrator
  • Victor 'Chikko' Quon known as assistant head painter
  • Dusty Reeves known as art department coordinator
  • Dave Rosa known as head painter
  • Sean Scoffield known as graphic designer
  • Robert S. Smith known as carpenter
  • Jamie Staples known as assistant shop specialist
  • Keith Thompson known as concept artist
  • Andra Totirescu known as set designer
  • Brian van de Valk known as head carpenter
  • Lucas J. Wareing known as training assistant art director
  • Evan Webber known as set designer
  • Toni Wong known as set dresser
  • Colin Woods known as first assistant art director
  • Vosloo Van Der Merwe known as welder (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • Legendary Pictures

Other Companies:

  • Benchmark Sound Services  trailer post-production sound services
  • Canada Film Capital  tax incentive consulting services
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies (uncredited)
  • Codex Digital  digital recording equipment
  • Complete Post Accounting  post-production
  • De Lane Lea  ADR recording
  • Deluxe Post Production Toronto  digital intermediate
  • Entertainment Partners Canada  payroll services
  • Funn  hosiery supplier (uncredited)
  • Iamstatic  main titles
  • Paragon Studios  post-production sound facility
  • Pinewood Toronto Studios  sound stages
  • Pivotal Post  Avid HD editing equipment
  • Siam Costumes International  costumer
  • William F. White International  grip and lighting equipment

Additional Details


  • Andes Films (2015) (Chile) (theatrical)
  • Columbia Pictures (2015) (Philippines) (theatrical)
  • Toho-Towa (2016) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2015) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2015) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2015) (Austria) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2015) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2015) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2015) (France) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2015) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2015) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures (2015) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures (2015) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures (2015) (Spain) (all media)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Mr. X

Visual Effects by:

  • Olumide Adeyemo known as matchmove/layout artist: Mr. X Inc.
  • Alfredo Octavio Arango known as tracking & matchmove artist: MrX inc
  • Ferran Banchs known as Additional VFX Editor: Mr. X Inc.
  • Justin Bates known as roto/paint artist: Mr. X Inc.
  • Barb Benoit known as digital compositor
  • Dennis Berardi known as visual effects supervisor
  • Alex Branton known as digital compositor
  • Cristian Camaroschi known as visual effects artist
  • Daniela Campos Little known as senior matchmove artist: Mr X Inc
  • Atilla Ceylan known as character and creature artist
  • Andy Chan known as senior visual effects compositor: Mr. X Inc.
  • Joseph Cheng Chen known as tracking/layout artist
  • Sarah Coffyn known as digital compositor
  • Nick Colangelo known as visual effects coordinator
  • Gary Couto known as sequence lead
  • Graham Day known as digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
  • Rob Del Ciancio known as senior compositor
  • Jeremy Dineen known as visual effects artist
  • Becca Donohoe known as compositing production manager
  • Peter Dydo known as animator: Mr. X Inc.
  • Shaun Galinak known as visual effects artist
  • Mark O. Hammond known as digital compositor
  • Trey Harrell known as lighting supervisor: mr. x
  • Leann Harvey known as on set visual effects supervisor
  • Oliver Hearsey known as tracking/layout supervisor: Mr. X Inc.
  • Martin Hesselink known as animator
  • Sara Hilmarsdóttir known as compositing technical director
  • Darren Hinchy known as vfx dailies editor: Mr. X Inc.
  • Jo Hughes known as visual effects producer
  • Jenn Inkol known as vfx coordinator
  • Anuva Natarajan Iyer known as digital compositor
  • Cathy Jefferies known as senior visual effects producer: Topix
  • Shuming Jiang known as digital compositor
  • Jeremy Johnson known as digital compositor
  • Anna Joukova known as digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
  • Dmitriy Kolesnik known as fx artist
  • Eric Lacroix known as visual effects artist
  • Mark Lavania known as lighting artist
  • Marco Lee known as digital compositor
  • Sunkwan Lee known as visual effects artist
  • Kimberly Nelson LoCascio known as visual effects executive: legendary pictures
  • Lukas Lundberg known as fx artist: Mr. X Inc.
  • Chris MacLean known as cg supervisor: Mr. X
  • Vimal Reddy Mallireddy known as fx artist: Mr. X Inc
  • Robin Mangat known as tracking and matchmoving: Mr. X Inc (as Robin S. Mangat)
  • Jim Maxwell known as matte painter
  • Ruben Mayor known as fx artist: Mr. X Inc.
  • Matt Mcewan known as digital compositor
  • Sarah McMurdo known as supervising vfx producer
  • Thomas Grant Morrison known as lighting artist
  • Benjamin Mossman known as roto and paint: Mr. X Inc.
  • Makarand Nazirkar known as Rigging TD
  • Dominic Remane known as digital effects supervisor
  • Scott Riopelle known as compositing supervisor
  • Andy Robinson known as senior compositor: Mr. X nc.
  • David Roby known as digital artist
  • Brandon Schaafsma known as vfx editor: mr. x inc
  • Milan Schere known as senior matte painter: Mr. X Inc.
  • Seema Schere known as matte painter: Mr. X Inc.
  • Ian Spriggs known as lead character modeler
  • Matthew Steeves known as vfx dailies editor: Mr. X Inc.
  • Rob Tasker known as digital compositor
  • Avinash Williams known as paint & roto artist
  • Paul Wishart known as visual effects artist
  • Ashkan Yousefi known as visual effects
  • Celine Zoleta known as visual effects coordinator
  • Prakash Pathak known as production assistant: vfx (uncredited)

MPAA: Rated R for bloody violence, some sexual content and brief strong language



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