In the early 20th century, aspiring American author Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska), who writes in the tradition of Mary Shelley, is charmed by an English aristocrat (Tom Hiddleston); after a tragedy, he takes her to his crumbling mansion… Guillermo del Toro’s stab at a joyously old-fashioned horror movie will delight fans of classics like The Haunting (1963), but they will also be the first to note how familiar everything about it is, especially the story that has Wasikowska in a twisted love triangle. Creepy and well acted, the film’s greatest asset is its technical ingredients; the haunted house is colorful and vibrant, much like the movie itself.
2015-U.S. 119 min. Color. Directed by Guillermo del Toro. Screenplay: Guillermo del Toro, Matthew Robbins. Production Design: Thomas E. Sanders. Costume Design: Kate Hawley. Cast: Mia Wasikowska (Edith Cushing), Jessica Chastain (Lucille Sharpe), Tom Hiddleston (Thomas Sharpe), Charlie Hunnam, Jim Beaver, Burn Gorman.
Trivia: Benedict Cumberbatch and Emma Stone were first cast. The film’s ghosts are played by Doug Jones in a motion capture performance.