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In Crimson Peak, acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro returns to the genre he helped define with a powerful blend of psychological thriller, gothic horror, and seductive romance. This deluxe book explores the creation of del Toro’s sinister masterpiece and the dark themes and motifs woven into every frame of this extraordinary film. Featuring extensive interviews with th In Crimson Peak, acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro returns to the genre he helped define with a powerful blend of psychological thriller, gothic horror, and seductive romance. This deluxe book explores the creation of del Toro’s sinister masterpiece and the dark themes and motifs woven into every frame of this extraordinary film. Featuring extensive interviews with the director, Crimson Peak: The Art of Darkness chronicles the creative odyssey that brought the film to screen, showing how del Toro’s unique perspective, attention to detail, and storytelling prowess were key in crafting a film of incredible visual richness and thematic power. The book also features extensive interviews with the team of artists who helped realize the world of Crimson Peak, from the film’s sumptuous period costumes to the dilapidated majesty of Allerdale Hall and the eerie red-hued ghosts that haunt the halls of “Crimson Peak.” Also featuring insights from the films stars, including Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, and Charlie Hunnam, Crimson Peak: The Art of Darkness explores the themes at the heart of this breathtaking supernatural mystery in unparalleled detail. Filled with striking concept art and stunning photography, the book also features a range of amazing special items, including an authentic period letter, daguerreotype photographs, biographies that reveal the secret history of Crimson Peak’s characters, a booklet that showcases the film’s amazing costume designs, and more. A thrilling journey into the macabre heart of Guillermo del Toro’s spine-chilling new tale, Crimson Peak: The Art of Darkness is the perfect companion to this gothic horror masterwork.


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In Crimson Peak, acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro returns to the genre he helped define with a powerful blend of psychological thriller, gothic horror, and seductive romance. This deluxe book explores the creation of del Toro’s sinister masterpiece and the dark themes and motifs woven into every frame of this extraordinary film. Featuring extensive interviews with th In Crimson Peak, acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro returns to the genre he helped define with a powerful blend of psychological thriller, gothic horror, and seductive romance. This deluxe book explores the creation of del Toro’s sinister masterpiece and the dark themes and motifs woven into every frame of this extraordinary film. Featuring extensive interviews with the director, Crimson Peak: The Art of Darkness chronicles the creative odyssey that brought the film to screen, showing how del Toro’s unique perspective, attention to detail, and storytelling prowess were key in crafting a film of incredible visual richness and thematic power. The book also features extensive interviews with the team of artists who helped realize the world of Crimson Peak, from the film’s sumptuous period costumes to the dilapidated majesty of Allerdale Hall and the eerie red-hued ghosts that haunt the halls of “Crimson Peak.” Also featuring insights from the films stars, including Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, and Charlie Hunnam, Crimson Peak: The Art of Darkness explores the themes at the heart of this breathtaking supernatural mystery in unparalleled detail. Filled with striking concept art and stunning photography, the book also features a range of amazing special items, including an authentic period letter, daguerreotype photographs, biographies that reveal the secret history of Crimson Peak’s characters, a booklet that showcases the film’s amazing costume designs, and more. A thrilling journey into the macabre heart of Guillermo del Toro’s spine-chilling new tale, Crimson Peak: The Art of Darkness is the perfect companion to this gothic horror masterwork.

30 review for Crimson Peak: The Art of Darkness

  1. 4 out of 5

    J'aime

    Marvel started me on these "Art of" books with their excellent, high quality line. While I don't buy art books for every film (not even the ones I really enjoy) I immediately preordered Crimson Peak when it was announced. I loved Pan's Labyrinth and El Orfanato, so I new Guillermo Del Toro's imagery and designs would be unique, creative and macabre. Happily, I wasn't wrong. While the film has some issues, I still enjoyed it. The book is the same. It has stunning photography throughout from the fi Marvel started me on these "Art of" books with their excellent, high quality line. While I don't buy art books for every film (not even the ones I really enjoy) I immediately preordered Crimson Peak when it was announced. I loved Pan's Labyrinth and El Orfanato, so I new Guillermo Del Toro's imagery and designs would be unique, creative and macabre. Happily, I wasn't wrong. While the film has some issues, I still enjoyed it. The book is the same. It has stunning photography throughout from the film, including images from the posters, but there are also a handful of "curiosities" tucked into the pages. These include replica photos featured in the film, letters, biographies, and more tacked onto the pages (they can be removed easily), plus a pocket built into the back cover which holds a poster. The book has beautiful production values: thick, glossy pages, full color and a heaviness to it. Further, the text is brilliant - enriching the mythology of the film to a whole new level. I cannot wait to watch it again to see some of what I missed and look at other things with new insight. There are chapters on each of the four main characters, including some of their biography to help provide additional perspective into their motivations. But the best sections are easily the house and the ghosts. Simply seeing the house in the film, you marvel at the level of detail and sumptuousness of the set. Del Toro's process for designing it is engrossing. The ghosts, which were my favorite part of the film, also have backstories and purpose. I love how the first and last ghosts we see are black, with the 3 red ones haunting the house and then one, lone, white ghost. The use of color and texture truly sets the film apart from others. Everything here enriches the film experience. I do have a couple minor criticisms. If you watch my video, you'll hear a slight peeling sound. The book arrives tightly sealed in plastic to keep the extras enclosed. But it is VERY tight so that some of the pages stick together upon opening. Unfortunately, this occasionally results in a ghosting effect where a ink is transferred to the opposite page. Plus, one of the inserts has staples in it that caused an indentation in several pages. Second, this book really needs a slipcase to protect those curiosities from falling out after you've opened it. The Marvel books are sold at the same price point, and include a case, so I'm not sure why one wasn't included. I would have happily paid a bit more to get one, just to ensure nothing is lost. Overall, the book is beautiful and I do not regret the purchase at all, despite these minor negatives. If you are a fan of Del Toro, Gothic imagery, or art books in general, this is a great purchase. Highly recommended.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carmen Gómez Pérez

    This book was beautiful guys, beautiful. I love cinema, and I love Gothic Fairytales, and I love Guillermo del Toro so so much for combining those things and making movies as beautiful as Crimson Peak or Pan's Labyrinth. Reading this book and the detailed biographies for all the main characters, getting to see all the small details and all the symbolism behind each scene, each detail, has made me appreciate this movie that I already loved to pieces even more. Seriously, I'm going to revisit this This book was beautiful guys, beautiful. I love cinema, and I love Gothic Fairytales, and I love Guillermo del Toro so so much for combining those things and making movies as beautiful as Crimson Peak or Pan's Labyrinth. Reading this book and the detailed biographies for all the main characters, getting to see all the small details and all the symbolism behind each scene, each detail, has made me appreciate this movie that I already loved to pieces even more. Seriously, I'm going to revisit this book quite a few times, and now I'm going to see the movie with brand new eyes, since I'm aware of all the craft and love and passion and obsession that lays behind this story and its splendid cinematography and design. Sigh, I love cinema so much. Also, the snippets where we get to see some pages from del Toro's personal notebook, or the sketches designed by the crew... Just fantastic. SUPERB.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sara Bakhshi

    I think anyone who watches the movie, should read this, too! It was beautiful. Had many things that weren't in the movie. Liked it very much. I think anyone who watches the movie, should read this, too! It was beautiful. Had many things that weren't in the movie. Liked it very much.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Plateresca

    Gorgeously published, but also informative book about the making of this beautiful film. I was particularly interested in Del Toro's sources of inspiration. Speaking of painters, he mentions Caspar David Friedrich: The Abbey in the Oakwood by Caspar David Friedrich (whom I knew and loved before), and also John Atkinson Grimshaw: , Late October by John Atkinson Grimshaw (a wonderful painter that I did not know and now also love :)). The only things I can find fault with are these: There is a spread on Gorgeously published, but also informative book about the making of this beautiful film. I was particularly interested in Del Toro's sources of inspiration. Speaking of painters, he mentions Caspar David Friedrich: The Abbey in the Oakwood by Caspar David Friedrich (whom I knew and loved before), and also John Atkinson Grimshaw: , Late October by John Atkinson Grimshaw (a wonderful painter that I did not know and now also love :)). The only things I can find fault with are these: There is a spread on sound effects, but I wish they'd have devoted another one to the enchanting music. One needs gloves to turn the pages of the book, otherwise, one's fingerprints are very visible on this black glossy paper. I've been reading it with the cloth I use to wipe my camera lens. This is minor, of course. Otherwise, it's great. It enhances and enriches the experience of the film. A perfect Halloween/Samhain gift for a 'Crimson Peak' fan. Artwork from the old nursery, which is only partially shown in the film.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا

    In the beginning of 2015, the trailer of Crimson Peak was released and I fell in love, I even wrote so under it in the comment section and got 173 nods and a few comments of people laughing at me! (you'll have to Google it!) In any case, I finally watched the movie and understood why it was not available in the Kuwaiti cinema, I thought it was just a classical horror movie but it had incest issues in it (which was pretty disturbing). Ignoring that part, the decor, art and clothes were fantastic! I In the beginning of 2015, the trailer of Crimson Peak was released and I fell in love, I even wrote so under it in the comment section and got 173 nods and a few comments of people laughing at me! (you'll have to Google it!) In any case, I finally watched the movie and understood why it was not available in the Kuwaiti cinema, I thought it was just a classical horror movie but it had incest issues in it (which was pretty disturbing). Ignoring that part, the decor, art and clothes were fantastic! I ordered this book before even watching the movie so I was finally happy to look through it and enjoy the film and story in a different format, because I don't think I'll be watching it again.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Caroline Mitchell

    Crimson Peak: The Art of Darkness was a Christmas present I bought for myself. I fell in love with the story when I watched it on Netflix and immediately searched online to see if there was a book of the movie. There wasn't - but I bought something even more beautiful: the book OF the movie! I've never had one of these before, and the RRP is around £50. However I managed to purchase it for just £15. Firstly, you really need to watch to movie to appreciate this book. It's such great quality, it i Crimson Peak: The Art of Darkness was a Christmas present I bought for myself. I fell in love with the story when I watched it on Netflix and immediately searched online to see if there was a book of the movie. There wasn't - but I bought something even more beautiful: the book OF the movie! I've never had one of these before, and the RRP is around £50. However I managed to purchase it for just £15. Firstly, you really need to watch to movie to appreciate this book. It's such great quality, it is totally worth the full price. It's hard to do it justice but it tells you everything about the movie, the characters and so much more. While watching Crimson Peak (again) I was literally holding a copy of the letter mentioned in the movie in my hands. It felt magical to have such a wonderful insight, but then again perhaps I'm so in love with this book because I am a writer too. I love the paranormal genre and hope it makes a comeback in a much bigger way. Movies and books like these are a fantastic inspiration. If you're a fan of the movie and would like more of an insight into it all then I certainly recommend the hardcover book. If you've not yet watched the movie - then what are you waiting for? This dark, gothic tale will have you gripped. I wouldn't quite describe it as horror, it's more of a dark romance. Needless to say, this book is going on my favourites list.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    I didn't think I could love this film anymore than I did. I was wrong. Fantastic book! I didn't think I could love this film anymore than I did. I was wrong. Fantastic book!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stefka

    It is a wonderful book, very much enjoyed the additional information on making of this beautiful movie.

  9. 5 out of 5

    typewriterdeluxe

    This is a very pretty (and big!) book detailing a very pretty film. There are many clear movie stills zooming in painstakingly constructed and subtle details that don't show up as well on moving camera, there are costume designs, character bios, cast & production staff interviews, and a nice big chunk devoted to the making of the Crimson Peak estate itself. **Spoiler alert-- this book is intended for those who already know the story, and speaks freely of important plot points. Watch the movie fi This is a very pretty (and big!) book detailing a very pretty film. There are many clear movie stills zooming in painstakingly constructed and subtle details that don't show up as well on moving camera, there are costume designs, character bios, cast & production staff interviews, and a nice big chunk devoted to the making of the Crimson Peak estate itself. **Spoiler alert-- this book is intended for those who already know the story, and speaks freely of important plot points. Watch the movie first please. I really enjoyed this book, and the next time I see the film I'll have a sharper eye for the "eye protein" that feeds the film (and that I didn't very consciously consume during the first viewing). The only thing I didn't like about this book was the silvery font. I already have poor vision, so I spent some time turning and tipping the book to try to get the best angle for legibility. It makes for an aesthetically pleasing page, but if you've got poor eyes like mine just make sure you've got the right lighting to read what it says.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Fallon Prinzivalli

    Crimson Peak easily became my favorite film once I saw it for my birthday back in October (10.16 is the best day). I knew I'd really like it (hello, gothic romance starring the dreamy Tom Hiddleston), but I didn't realize how much I'd adore it. The visuals are as stunning and breathtaking as the story—the whole thing more twisted, dream-like fairytale than horror while still leaving you biting your fingernails wondering what lies in the darkness. The Art of Darkness gives fans of the film a behi Crimson Peak easily became my favorite film once I saw it for my birthday back in October (10.16 is the best day). I knew I'd really like it (hello, gothic romance starring the dreamy Tom Hiddleston), but I didn't realize how much I'd adore it. The visuals are as stunning and breathtaking as the story—the whole thing more twisted, dream-like fairytale than horror while still leaving you biting your fingernails wondering what lies in the darkness. The Art of Darkness gives fans of the film a behind-the-scenes look at how Crimson Peak came together. It's tells of the intricacies of the set and costume designs, features biographies and back stories Guillermo wrote for each character, showcases concept art and stunning set photography and stores little treasures you can take out along the way (Thomas's letter to Edith, anyone?). I can't get enough of Crimsom Peak and this book is the perfect companion to guide me further into Allerdale Hall.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nico

    the art is haunting and complex. learning about the design process for Crimson Peak was great for me as an artist. all the color theory and motifs were so planned. you could tell the movie was a labor of love. the art book highlights on some of the labors. my ONLY criticism about this book is the metallic silver font. it was damn near impossible to read unless I was in perfect light and angles. my neck hurts from reading it. this isnt a critcism so much as a wish; the book had tons of art but I l the art is haunting and complex. learning about the design process for Crimson Peak was great for me as an artist. all the color theory and motifs were so planned. you could tell the movie was a labor of love. the art book highlights on some of the labors. my ONLY criticism about this book is the metallic silver font. it was damn near impossible to read unless I was in perfect light and angles. my neck hurts from reading it. this isnt a critcism so much as a wish; the book had tons of art but I love concept art and wanted more more more. I wish "the art of" had included ALL the concept art. I havent read any other art books besides this one and skyrim, so I'm not 100% sure what they're supposed to be like. this one had a lot of text and photos. it comes with lots of inserts too. these add to it. this book would be a really good gift for artists/theatre people particularly of they like horror

  12. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    This art book for Crimson Peak is so amazing--- packed full of detail and snippets from the cast and crew, and of course, the great man himself, Guillermo Del Toro. Del Toro's foreword at the start is beautiful, this is a man who has put in an immense amount of love and care into his work. The entire book is filled with lush, beautiful photography, intricate illustrations and descriptions about how the film came to be, from the sets and costumes. There are also so many delicious add-ons--- the a This art book for Crimson Peak is so amazing--- packed full of detail and snippets from the cast and crew, and of course, the great man himself, Guillermo Del Toro. Del Toro's foreword at the start is beautiful, this is a man who has put in an immense amount of love and care into his work. The entire book is filled with lush, beautiful photography, intricate illustrations and descriptions about how the film came to be, from the sets and costumes. There are also so many delicious add-ons--- the abridged biographies of the 4 main characters, photographs and little trinkets and letters, a costume sketchbook from Kate Hawley. This is a book about a movie I loved that I will treasure for life.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Grace Turner

    So so incredibly stunning. Guillermo del Toro's dedication to and involvement in the art, design, costume, set and SFX departments for his films is simply unparralled. How he has the energy I will never understand. For me, this film was a thing of utter beauty: a masterclass in gothic romance, a love letter to all that I already love, and this book has only helped deepen my appreciation for it. Packed full of concept art, on-set photos, character backgrounds, costume and set details, and cast an So so incredibly stunning. Guillermo del Toro's dedication to and involvement in the art, design, costume, set and SFX departments for his films is simply unparralled. How he has the energy I will never understand. For me, this film was a thing of utter beauty: a masterclass in gothic romance, a love letter to all that I already love, and this book has only helped deepen my appreciation for it. Packed full of concept art, on-set photos, character backgrounds, costume and set details, and cast and crew insights into the process. Glossy, beautifully designed, perfectly finished, and basically the best Christmas present ever. Recommended.

  14. 5 out of 5

    M.A. Grant

    Anyone who's a fan of del Toro or his work will enjoy this book. The combination of interviews, concept art, film stills, and notes from del Toro's character notebooks is a fascinating way to show the movie's development, but more importantly, del Toro's creative process. I'm eager to rewatch the movie after reading all the background to see what new things I notice and whether it changes the way I view the actors' portrayals. An incredible book. Anyone who's a fan of del Toro or his work will enjoy this book. The combination of interviews, concept art, film stills, and notes from del Toro's character notebooks is a fascinating way to show the movie's development, but more importantly, del Toro's creative process. I'm eager to rewatch the movie after reading all the background to see what new things I notice and whether it changes the way I view the actors' portrayals. An incredible book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rita

    I loved this so much. I am a huge fan of Guillermo del Toro's work, particularly his more fantasy/fairy tale films and I had been mean meaning to pick up a copy of this book since it came out. I'm so glad I finally did. I don't think this is in print any more in the United States but luckily, I was able to find them still in print in the UK. Crimson Peak is definitely one of my favorite aesthetics out of all of del Toro's films. I am a big fan of gothic and Victorian style aesthetics and this re I loved this so much. I am a huge fan of Guillermo del Toro's work, particularly his more fantasy/fairy tale films and I had been mean meaning to pick up a copy of this book since it came out. I'm so glad I finally did. I don't think this is in print any more in the United States but luckily, I was able to find them still in print in the UK. Crimson Peak is definitely one of my favorite aesthetics out of all of del Toro's films. I am a big fan of gothic and Victorian style aesthetics and this really ticks all of the boxes for me. It was a delight to read about del Toro's process and the meticulous work he puts into every single detail within this film from the set (they constructed the entire set of the mansion from scratch!) to the wardrobe and furniture. It was great to learn about all the little easter eggs he has hidden in certain pieces such as the word "Fear" and the moth/butterfly motifs hidden in the upholstery, word carvings, clothing, etc. He really is a man who takes his vision and works uncompromisingly towards it and in turn, produces incredibly lush and historically accurate works of art that really require to audience to put in the work to take it all in. I loved reading about his energy and passion and how much faith his crew and staff and the actors had in him because of it. The amount to time and energy each member of the team put into this film to make it the masterpiece that it is was just astonishing. I have so much more respect for del Toro and do truly believe he is one of the great film directors of this generation. I'm hoping to read more about his work and I can't wait to see what future films he will conceive.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ziying

    Beautiful movie with a beautiful book. I'm in awe of how much work and dedication went to designing every little detail of this movie. Some of them weren't even shown on screen but they were there. How much everything is a symbolism for the themes and motifs of the movie. I admire Guillermo del Toro for this. Beautiful movie with a beautiful book. I'm in awe of how much work and dedication went to designing every little detail of this movie. Some of them weren't even shown on screen but they were there. How much everything is a symbolism for the themes and motifs of the movie. I admire Guillermo del Toro for this.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    A beyond stunning book with gloriously gothic concept art and photography, and incredible behind the scenes detail. I came away with even more respect for Del Toro and the intricacy of this feminist take on Gothic romance, would recommend to anyone who enjoys his work.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Fenner

    Reading this made me love the movie even more. Seeing all the work and detail that went into the movie makes me wonder how this movie didn’t get serious Oscar love, but alas - it will always be my favorite movie!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    Amazing artwork and detail.

  20. 5 out of 5

    (Tracy) LYNNE Leininger

    If you love the movie and/or Tom Hiddleston, get this book! It is beautiful! Also, gives great insight into this wonderful movie.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    If you're a fan of the film and/or del Toro's work, this is pretty great. Presentation is quite pretty and you learn entertainingly odd things about the film. If you're a fan of the film and/or del Toro's work, this is pretty great. Presentation is quite pretty and you learn entertainingly odd things about the film.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Hennie

    5 stars. Forever in my heart.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amy Zhao

    A great companion book if you want to know more about the creation and the story of Crimson Peak.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Isabella

    Actual Rating: 5 Stars

  25. 4 out of 5

    Iris

    Amazing horror book with romance and chilly thrills down your spine aswell as a heat to your heart.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Zara Mcaspurren

    Crimson Peak is a movie I discovered this year and promptly fell in love with. I devoured the novelization of the movie, due to the backstory and further rounding out of the characters, and was delighted to learn that there was an 'Art of' book associated with it. After all, the look of the movie was one of the things I greatly enjoyed, so to read more about how that look came to be would be something to delight me. Crimson Peak: The Art of Darkness is more than just your typical 'Art of' bo Crimson Peak is a movie I discovered this year and promptly fell in love with. I devoured the novelization of the movie, due to the backstory and further rounding out of the characters, and was delighted to learn that there was an 'Art of' book associated with it. After all, the look of the movie was one of the things I greatly enjoyed, so to read more about how that look came to be would be something to delight me. Crimson Peak: The Art of Darkness is more than just your typical 'Art of' book. It can be referred as the bible of Crimson Peak, with detailed information on the characters themselves as well as the sets, the history of each place, motivations and so much more. In less than 200 pages there is an entire mythology set up that makes me... well, yearn for a return to the world, and a return to Allerdale Hall. Do you think del Toro could be convinced into doing a sequel? You may think I'm joking, but I'm really not. Guillermo del Toro is one of those directors whose personal projects - which could be suggested as being the bulk of his work - always fasincate me because he puts so very much thought and creativity into them. With this in mind it can be argued that this book is a testament to that creativity. The hints of the character biographies that, while not necessarily needed, help to reveal so much about these characters with whom you can sympathize even if the actions they have taken are far from your own personal taste. Yes, I am thinking mostly of Lucille there. Poor, broken girl. I'm trying to find the words, here, to help explain just why this book is sticking in my head as being just so amazing as to gain five stars but the best way I could do this is just to hand it over and ask you to read it. Actually read it, and look at the sketches of costuming they provide, the snippets of biographies, the prints of in universe material... When I referred to it as the bible of the movie, I don't think I was being too out of turn. The Art of Darkness contains everything a Crimson Peak fan could ever want to know about the movie, the world of it, and the characters that inhabit it. And, on the shallow side? It's an entirely gorgeous book that will look amazing on the bookshelves or even as a coffee table piece. I will personally stick with the bookshelves. I just need to work out how to arrange it to show it off best...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Art of the Film

    Director Guillermo del Toro is one of my favorite filmmakers, and his greatest strength is his talent for design. "Crimson Peak: The Art of Darkness" details his process and features the great design work from his latest film - which del Toro himself says is "the most beautiful-looking movie that I've made". You probably haven't seen a film like this in a long time; and you probably haven't read a book this good in a while either. Full review w/ photos at MovieArtBook.com The author, Mark Salisbur Director Guillermo del Toro is one of my favorite filmmakers, and his greatest strength is his talent for design. "Crimson Peak: The Art of Darkness" details his process and features the great design work from his latest film - which del Toro himself says is "the most beautiful-looking movie that I've made". You probably haven't seen a film like this in a long time; and you probably haven't read a book this good in a while either. Full review w/ photos at MovieArtBook.com The author, Mark Salisbury (who always does a great job with these books) does a great job detailing every aspect of the production. The book is organized by character; then a large portion is dedicated to Allerdale Hall and its ghosts. Every step of the way, the text includes quotes from del Toro and his team of artists. Of course, the book is rich with imagery. In particular, the design of the house is endlessly impressive. The house was built extensively in a way that most movie sets aren't. For example, the rooms were built in complete 360-degrees (including the ceiling) so that del Toro could shoot from any angle. The architecture; the furniture; even the wallpaper is meticulously designed to evoke a response from the audience. The team also had to be sure that every other design element - such as the single-source lighting and the color of the costumes - complemented the visual style of the house itself. One of the things fans might be familiar with is that del Toro wrote biographies for each of the characters to assist the actors and inform their performances. Well, the bios for the main characters are all included here, and it's fascinating to read some of the background information of them. Besides the biography sheets, the book has other extras sparked throughout the book, including a few small sketchbook pages and a 16x20" poster (folded into quarters). This is a wonderful book full of imagination, and I highly recommend buying it if you enjoyed "Crimson Peak".

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    It is amazing see the amount of detail done on a grand scale that goes into del Toro's movies. People really step up to add to his Symbolist aesthetics. Set to the tone of a Gothic Romance, yet with the surreal color vividness of a Giallo movie it's truly mesmerizing. Details throughout the sets made to props create and invoke feelings of fear. Furniture is changed to large or small depending on the characters. The walls seem as it they breath, show bruising, and rot. They can seem expansive, an It is amazing see the amount of detail done on a grand scale that goes into del Toro's movies. People really step up to add to his Symbolist aesthetics. Set to the tone of a Gothic Romance, yet with the surreal color vividness of a Giallo movie it's truly mesmerizing. Details throughout the sets made to props create and invoke feelings of fear. Furniture is changed to large or small depending on the characters. The walls seem as it they breath, show bruising, and rot. They can seem expansive, and then at another moment seem suffocating. The house is a character and it won't let go so easily of the characters (or the following readers). The characters' biographies, along with their certain symbols, are thoroughly discussed in these pages. This is an artist's movie. So if you go for scares expect the atmospheric kind. I groan at the ads that make it appear as purely horror and you go in expecting that. It is not all about the blood and guts. There are ghosts, but there is mystery galore to this. This movie is scary, but it makes you really think about the character's mentalities and motivations. The questions of the rational and the irrational mind. There is romance, and many types of love are reviewed throughout the story. Types like the pure, the possessive, the selfless, the constructive, and the destructive forms that come from these emotions. You look at the good and the bad, and inquire about these moral ambiguities. And perhaps feel pity for things that have become horrific. This book reveals the details you may have missed.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Xanthi

    What a gorgeous book! Large hardback with so many glossy pages. The layout of the book is wonderful, with fabulous illustrations, stills from the film, and other photographs. There are flaps, insets, gatefold pages and much more. As for the content, it includes information about the set design, costuming, characters, direction, and much more. The director, crew and actors are quoted throughout. I was astounded at the attention of detail the movie had in regards to its visuals. The repeated motif o What a gorgeous book! Large hardback with so many glossy pages. The layout of the book is wonderful, with fabulous illustrations, stills from the film, and other photographs. There are flaps, insets, gatefold pages and much more. As for the content, it includes information about the set design, costuming, characters, direction, and much more. The director, crew and actors are quoted throughout. I was astounded at the attention of detail the movie had in regards to its visuals. The repeated motif of the butterfly vs the moth and what it represents is clever. I was unaware of the 'FEAR' motif, altogether. This book has made me want to watch the movie for the third time, so I can pick up on the little intricacies. If you like gothic romance with a twist, watch the film and read this book. Both are a feast for your eyes.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Maurine Starkey

    I was disappointed on some levels with the movie. Overthought and in some places overworked, the lusciousness of detail saps energy from what could have been better storytelling and character development. Don't get me wrong, I loved the movie and it was the reason I bought this book. I wanted to see as much behind the scenes development of Crimson Peak as I could. It's a sumptuous book. Beautiful photography and little tipped in details worth exploring. It dose give you a clue to the incredible I was disappointed on some levels with the movie. Overthought and in some places overworked, the lusciousness of detail saps energy from what could have been better storytelling and character development. Don't get me wrong, I loved the movie and it was the reason I bought this book. I wanted to see as much behind the scenes development of Crimson Peak as I could. It's a sumptuous book. Beautiful photography and little tipped in details worth exploring. It dose give you a clue to the incredible detail that went into making the movie. I recommend this book for anyone wanting to collect the workings of del Toro's productions. My only minus is the silver text on black pages makes it hard to read. It becomes an effort to tilt the book enough to get the letters to reflect the light.

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