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Exclusive Clip: A peek behind the ghosts of Crimson Peak with Doug Jones

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Aaron Sagers
Feb 9, 2016

Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak is a stunning, visually arresting gothic tale where the past comes quite literally returns to warn the innocent and haunt the guilty. And beginning today, the haunted house horror-romance can be taken into your home with the DVD/Blu-ray.

From Northern New York State to Cumbria in Northern England, Crimson Peak revolves around ingénue Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska). The daughter of a wealthy American industrialist, Edith is wooed by the dashing Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston), an Englishman whose family has fallen into ruin. Following the tragic death of her father, Edith joins Thomas and his sister Lucille (Jessica Chastain) at their estate, Allerdale Hall, where she faces threats both human and spectral.

Guillermo del Toro’s aesthetic is fully realized in this valentine to Gothic literature, and one of the elements that stands out the most are the gruesome ghosts who stalk Allerdale’s halls. Locked in a partial state of decay, their skin – muddy and red, like the grounds surrounding the manor -- appears to be melting from their bones, drooping away from their jaws and forcing the eyes to bulge out. One, in particular, even sports a meat cleaver lodged her skull.

But behind the horrors of Crimson Peak is a team of humans. And this feature from the new home entertainment release, debuting exclusively on Blastr, explores the visual development behind these red-clay ghosts. Hiddleston, del Toro, Wasikowska and actor Charlie Hunnam also weigh on the look of the spirits.