Podcast: Crimson Peak (2015)

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We look at this gothic-horror story chock full of elaborate late Victorian costumes. Director Guillermo del Toro and costume designer Kate Hawley combine powers for a dark and spooky visual treat (with a few tricks).

You can listen to us review Crimson Peak costumes online below or on iTunes.

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  1. ladylavinia1932

    I love this movie and the costumes are beautiful. However . . . why is this movie set in 1901-1902? The costumes – namely the costumes for women – seemed to reflect the 1890s.

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    • aquitainequeen

      I noticed that, but at least with Lucille it makes sense; she and Thomas are trapped in the past, and apparently wearing their parents’ clothes since they can’t afford new wardrobes. Edith notes that Thomas’s suit is out of style as well.

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  2. Yvonne

    This movie is Amazing! And the reasons behind the crafting of each specific costume is brilliant, the full interview is on the bluray special features. :) Also, the designer mentions that the costumes for Thomas and Lucille were meant to be a few decades older, like they were wearing their parents clothes.

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  3. Sarah Faltesek

    This film was stunning. I ended up seeing it in theaters twice, swooning over the costumes and all the gothic furnishings I wanted. It was definitely billed as a scary movie, but I remember reading an article where Guillermo del Toro said that it was actually supposed to be a gothic romance. He didn’t intend Crimson Peak to be horror. Once I learned that, the tone, visual tropes, and mild scare factor of the film made more sense.
    Also, I would totally live in that house.

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  4. Andrew

    As Yvonne noted above, I think Guillermo del Toro said in an interview that the Sharpes are wearing their parents’ clothes because they’re so broke, which is… questionable.

    Great listening to you guys as always!

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  5. Susan Pola

    Crimson Peak’s costumes are awesome. I don’t like horror films, but made the exception in this case. I found a movie that kept my interest. It was more Gothic than horror. I loved it. I spent the time drooling over all the costumes especially Lucille’s Red gown and the Art Nouveau feel of the ingenue heroine. continued after listening to podcast

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  6. ladylavinia1932

    I noticed that, but at least with Lucille it makes sense; she and Thomas are trapped in the past, and apparently wearing their parents’ clothes since they can’t afford new wardrobes. Edith notes that Thomas’s suit is out of style as well.

    Poor Edith. She failed to realize that her own wardrobe and everyone else’s was also out of style.

    Still, this movie is a big favorite of mine.

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