One of the unfortunate realities of trying to maintain up-to-date film coverage with our readers is that studios are often unwilling to release images from those films in a timely fashion. So it was with Crimson Peak, covered in Make-Up Artist #116, for which we were able to discuss the eye-opening creature effects work by the Barcelona-based shop DDT Efectos Especiales (who won an Oscar for their work on Pan’s Labyrinth in 2007), but were unable to actually show that work in all of its crimson glory.
As DDT chief David Martí previously explained, the company was enlisted by director Guillermo del Toro to create Crimson Peak’s extensive make-up/creature effects, most important of which were a series of ghostly apparitions seen by Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) throughout the film. That included Edith’s own mother, who warns her to beware of Crimson Peak, as well as Lady Beatrice Sharpe and a series of female victims (big spoiler alert for anyone who still hasn’t seen the film) murdered by Thomas and Lucille Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain). The crimson color that most of them are seen in is caused by the deposits of distinctively colored red clay upon which the Sharpe family mansion is built.
And it wasn’t just the film’s crimson-colored creatures that kept Martí and his team busy. There’s also a brutal attack on Edith’s father (Jim Beaver), a pair of subtle facial scars on Chastain’s character and a disturbing knife wound to Thomas Sharpe, who appears as a ghost himself in the climactic act. “The movie had a bit of everything!” confirms Martí.