Parents' Guide to

Crimson Peak

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Lots of blood, ghosts in highly stylized gothic chiller.

Movie R 2015 119 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 15 parent reviews

age 16+

Sumptuous and taut with gothic horror

A fantastic film...and I mean that in the full sense of the word. The scenes are fantastical. The three leads are all spot on. Del Toro embraces the Gothic romance genre with both arms. The film is beautifully surprise there and the attention to detail is sumptuous. Chastain and Hiddleston are mysterious and romantic and Wasikowska continues to stand out and offer a lot of depth to what appear to be straight forward ingenue roles. I thought this would have a lot more horror than it did, that being said it is still not for the faint of heart. Sumptuous, taut, and sexy.
age 16+

Parents need to know that Crimson Peak is a 2015 gothic film which has a ton of blood,gore,disturbing and frightening scenes.It could give younger audiences nightmares and could make them scared or horrified.I would definitely reccommend a mature enough 14 year old to watch Crimson Peak if they like horror,intense and gore.

Love this movie,I let my 17 year old watch it when she was 16.It wasn't her thing since she wasn't mature enough to be watching it though which is dissapointing because i would have definitely recommended it on a weekend.This does have a few swear words like ''bloody'' and ''f**k'' but a character's sister only says f**k once.I'd say don't let your child watch it if they are 10-13 years of age.There are so many frightening scenes,disturbing scenes,intense scenes,ominous scenes ( and one sex scene,but you can only see the male's backside and buttocks,there's no nudity apart from the male's bare chest on which he isn't wearing any shirt(s) ).Overall,really brilliant and amazing!

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (15):
Kids say (29):

Director Guillermo Del Toro is capable of exploring the true depths of the disturbing, but here he seems more preoccupied with a magnificent ghost house design. It's all surface, but what a surface! With its swirling leaves, black butterflies, white snow, and blood-red clay, the mansion is one of the most impressive things ever designed for a scary movie, and the ghosts (embodied by actor Doug Jones) are hideously misshapen, sending a chill down your spine.

Crimson Peak is inspired by 19th-century literature and is borrowed from dark Hollywood romances like Gaslight and Notorious. It's a tribute to days gone by, but Del Toro never really gets inside it; we don't know his feelings, or why these things haunt him. Nevertheless, the actors are all fine (especially Hiddleston, who looks like he was born for this time period). It's more stylish than profound -- it's closer to Hellboy II: The Golden Army than to Pan's Labyrinth -- but it's still quite an experience.

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