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Highly Suspect Reviews: Crimson Peak

12 Submitted by on Thu, 15 October 2015, 08:59

Guillermo del Toro has historically been at his best when telling ghost stories. Which is why, probably, there was so much excitement about his latest film. Perhaps the varying responses to del Toro’s previous work has shaped to some extent the wide divergence of opinion that Chris, Michael, Beau, JC and Sarah have on this hyper-gothic romance film. Listen to our review (and try not to get too angry…we lost track of ourselves and there are indeed some big spoilers in our review).


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Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free, by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal”, turned into a full time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you.

  • Sean Saffari

    Chris, you got Mia’s name right 😉

    • Sean Saffari

      And Beau, spoiler…

      • Chris Cox

        I did in fact warn spoilers in the text here.

        • Sean Saffari

          No worries, great review. Listened twice already.

  • Neil Kelly

    Damm, I thought the trailer for this looked good, I was looking forward to the rare event of a good new release for Halloween. Well, we’ll reset the clock and try again next year. 😀

  • You’re Not My Supervisor

    Michael, this isn’t to jump on you for your opinion or anything, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone say they don’t like Chastain or Hiddleston.

  • Bat42

    For the record, Tom’s fans call themselves Hiddlestoners.

  • Charles Armstrong

    I only force myself to watch horror movies if they’re universally agreed upon as being great. Good to know I won’t be subjecting myself to fear any time soon!

  • Travis Pickle

    Going to have a listen and see if you all agree this is a big pile of melodramatic pish, cool looking ghosts and sets but boring, repetative, hammy and not scary with a cast I could care less about. Shame as I adore. Devil’s Backbone and Pans Labyrinth but his films seem to suffer
    suffer when Hollywoodised. It got a bit better when it went full on stabby but I never thought I’d get so close to walking out of one of his films! and was there an autumnal tree up on the roof? because the constant leaf shedding was doing my nut in!

  • Preston

    I’m going to check this out… when it’s free online.

  • Julien Hemmendinger

    NO goosebumps?

  • A. Smith

    Maybe it’s because I saw later era Hammer that I enjoyed it.