Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Odd Beauty in Red; This Is, Still, a Horror Movie, but One That Is Superbly Enticing to the Eye

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Odd Beauty in Red; This Is, Still, a Horror Movie, but One That Is Superbly Enticing to the Eye

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BRIGHT young woman Edith Cushing is running away from a family tragedy.

Edith is smart and independent, and she aspires to become a writer, but things are still not so easy for a young woman in the early days of the United States of America as a free colony at the turn of the last century.

She marries Thomas Sharpe, a mysterious stranger from England.

She comes to live with him and his sister, Lady Lucille Sharpe.

It is just after she arrives to their dilapidated (and eerie estate) that she starts to find out that the Sharpe's home is filled with ghosts.

But has Edith encountered the old house's spirits or did she bring her own ghosts with her?

As with previous films by director Del Toro (The Devil's Backbone in 2001 and Pan's Labyrinth in 2006), this is a visually compelling film, where colour (in this case crimson red) is used to represent psychological and emotional moods.

But the eerie simplicity of Pan's Labyrinth and its solid and original script are not repeated here. …

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