In 2015, Jones re-teamed with del Toro for the filmmaker's haunted house masterpiece, Crimson Peak. The story follows an American heiress, Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska), who's seduced by a charming Brit who looks a lot like Loki (Tom Hiddleston). He takes her back to his incredible—and insanely creepy—estate where the ground is made of red mud, his freaky sister (Jessica Chastain) lurks in every corner, and ghosts are constantly prowling the hallways.
And as you've probably guessed, quite a few of these spirits are played by the one and only Doug Jones, who turned in some gender-bending work here, playing the troubled souls of Victorian women. Jones first shows up early on as Edith's deceased mother. Complete with a 19th-century dress and skeletal face, he comes floating down the girl's hallway—on a moving track that gives the illusion of levitation—and after arriving at Edit's bedside, he followed del Toro's instructions by using "piano fingers," which means he made them look long and "spidery" as he placed his hand on the little girl's shoulder.
Jones comes back later on, after Edith arrives at Allerdale Hall, Hiddleston's home. For his second appearance, Jones plays the murdered Lady Sharpe, a horribly deformed ghost with crimson red skin. Wearing a full-body suit, Jones had to contend with an unwieldy neck piece and gloves that were glued to his hands. The eyes were made of glass, and it was impossible to see through them, so he had to make do by looking out through "tear ducts carved out around the eyeballs." He also struggled with getting a dead woman's walk just right; after his first attempt, del Toro said it looked "too sexy."
Of course, Jones eventually was able to get "more of a jitter, an unexplained quick, sort-of fluid movement," a gait that would guarantee everyone watching would suffer from nightmares for weeks to come.