Who knew Crimson Peak’s ghosts were practical effects?

When I reviewed Guillermo del Toro‘s Crimson Peak, I wrote that “the ghosts in del Toro’s tale are entirely incidental to the plot, too ethereal and without substance, literally and figuratively. Extinguish them and the story still holds together. But without the ghosts—and their CG Skeletor faces and talon-like fingers and wisping digital trails of red and inky blackness—there’s little else to hold your attention once you’ve finished admiring the lavish red velvet cupcake of a set design.”

Until del Toro posted some photos to his Twitter account, I had no idea there were practical effects involved, at least not to the degree that these images obviously show. Now I’m quite curious to see the film again, just to admire the ghosts.