The point is that with all these star-studded films, eagerly-anticipated sequels, and nostalgia-trafficking blockbusters saturating the market, it's easy to overlook something that, in any other year, would have been an all-time classic. This year, Guillermo del Toro directed only his second film in 7 years, an original piece of gothic horror called Crimson Peak
. It was beautiful, eerie, intriguing, and inventive. But, because it was released during the hectic Halloween season, when the best of the summer blockbusters are still tying up screens while retailers begin stocking huge DVD and Blu-Ray releases of horror, there wasn't room for too many more "scary" films. Goosebumps
rode the nostalgia-wave and secured the biggest ticket sales, while The Gift
and The Visit
split the leftovers with Crimson Peak, which had a budget 10 times higher than these two competitors. Ultimately, it failed to make it's money back, but will eventually be considered a classic by cult movie fans. Crimson Peak's "Hammer film" vibe is just too damn irrestible. It's like catnip to cinephiles.