12 gothic horror movies to check out before (or after) you see Crimson Peak
The gothic novel dates back to the mid-1700s, but acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, Pacific Rim) has just reimagined the genre for 21st century sensibilities in his new film Crimson Peak, which opens today.
The story of the film has all the tropes of a typical gothic romance: A young woman (Mia Wasikowska) is whisked away by a mysterious handsome gentleman (Tom Hiddleston) to his foreboding mansion where a strange older woman -in this case the man’s sister (Jessica Chastain)- holds dominion over the home and its secrets. Although the advertising emphasizes the supernatural apparitions, audiences may be surprised in how foregrounded the love story is over the ghosts. As they say in the film, it’s not a ghost story, but rather a story with ghosts in it.
As a subgenre gothic subject matter has pervaded throughout film (Interview With the Vampire, The Shining, The Woman in Black), television (“Dark Shadows,” “Penny Dreadful,” “Hellsing”), comics (The Secrets of Sinister House, Tomb of Dracula, Creepy), music (Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, The Cure) and gaming (Castlevania, Ravenloft, Bloodborne). With Crimson Peak del Toro has breathed new life into it, and those who want a crash course in the subgenre can check out the above mentioned or dig deep into the prime cuts which we explore in detail within the gallery below! Included is a quote from the star Mia Wasikowska herself where she reveals which film she thinks has the most DNA in common with del Toro’s.