Crappy Costumes, Sweet Story in The Scandalous Four (2011)


Oh the things you find on Amazon Prime! No idea how I stumbled across The Scandalous Four (2011), but I guess because the subject matter is relevant to my interests, some algorithm did the right thing.

Set in the English Regency, the story starts with a young woman being married off to a super stiff, boring rich guy, even though she’s in love with her poor music teacher. The twist is that her new husband soon gets it on with the butler, the music teacher comes to work at their estate as the gardener, and the four end up in an incredibly adorable and charming open relationship. Yeah, it’s kind of a fantasy but it’s kind of plausible how this happens and each character’s reactions. HOWEVER, the costumes are shit-tastick on toast. Also, the very end of the story takes a freaky turn. But all be darned, it’s a charming way to pass the time!

The Scandalous Four (2011)

This doesn’t work out.

The Scandalous Four (2011)

But this does!

The Scandalous Four (2011)

And so does this!

When I compare it to some of the romances and queer historicals I’ve seen, the characters are more fully formed and less cliched, and they mostly fit within the period reasonably well. I can’t find anything about the movie or anyone who made it, so you’ll just have to trust me here. And maybe ignore these screencaps? IDK why I’m even including them because they’ll just scare ya away…

The Scandalous Four (2011)

So many zippers!

The Scandalous Four (2011)

And a seriously derpy bonnet.

The Scandalous Four (2011)

Happy hands at home. But her hair is up!

The Scandalous Four (2011)

Her “best” dress, & I use that term reservedly.


Will you give The Scandalous Four a try, in spite of the shitty costumes?


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Trystan L. Bass

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A self-described ElderGoth, Trystan has been haunting the internet since the early 1990s. Always passionate about costume, from everyday office wear to outrageous twisted historical creations, she has maintained some of the earliest online costuming-focused resources on the web. Her costuming adventures are chronicled on her website, TrystanCraft. She also ran a popular fashion blog, This Is CorpGoth, dedicated to her “office drag.”

9 Responses

  1. Roxana

    Such arrangements may have been more common than we think, but usually the couple produced an heir and maybe a spare before indulging themselves. Of course the boring rich guy might be fine with the gardener siring his heir.

  2. Zee

    In spite of or because of. Had never heard of this but I’m looking forward to watching it now!

  3. Jillian

    My first thought upon seeing those costumes was ‘Oh dear god…..”

  4. Shashwat

    The costumes look ashamedly bad😓Even rentals would sell prettier costumes
    Not that costumes affect the worthiness of the screenplay,but they do contribute to the feel of the show along with production design and cinematography.I don’t know why filmmakers,especially the ones with sufficient budget don’t realize this,as it hurts when such good actors and good storylines are accentuated by below par technical aspects.
    It looks weird at best,egregiously horrible and irresponsible at worst.

  5. Lmaris

    I couldn’t get past the dude’s boots. Did they pick them up at some women’s resale shop?

  6. Damnitz

    The photos are just looking like a theater-project of a high School with cheap second hand costumes. Are you sure that there was a director of the film at all? Just check how the actors are standing on the wedding-photo, when the couple is leaving the church.

  7. Heidi L.

    I randomly came across this too while looking for costume flicks and had a reaction of “What horrendous costumes” and I don’t even do Regency,and then I was like “Wow!” when the relationships began to get interesting.Entertaining.