- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Insight Editions (October 13, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1608875687
- ISBN-13: 978-1608875689
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.8 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 58 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Crimson Peak: The Art of Darkness Hardcover – October 13, 2015
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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.
About the Author
Mark Salisbury is the author of more than a dozen books, including the critically acclaimed Tim Burton biography Burton on Burton and the best-selling “making of” books Alice in Wonderland: A Visual Companion and Prometheus: The Art of the Film. A former editor at the British movie magazine Empire, Salisbury lives in London, England.
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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 results in a ghosting effect where ink is transferred to the opposite page - which is very noticeable since almost all the pages are black with white text. 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.
And the hype? Totally warranted. This is perhaps the most gorgeous "coffee table book" I've ever seen. Each turning of a page reveals even more sumptuous, gorgeously rendered and detailed visual art: photos, drawings, pull-out items - all. And the written descriptions are detailed and eloquent, providing real insight to production design decisions. As I'm typing this, my son, not exactly a Gothic Romance fan, is turning the pages and exclaiming: "oooh.... oh, look at that contrast!" and "wow, pretty!" and "I want his workshop." and "spooky!".
This is a treasure trove.
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.
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If you enjoyed the movie, you will like this book. I did, my daughter did, and my grand-daughter did!