Writer: Mark Salisbury
Publisher: Insight Editions
Pages: 160, Hardcover
Crimson Peak opened in theaters this week and in support of the film Insight Editions has released this beautiful, hardcover vault style book. Vault books are those grand hardcover which come packed with all sorts of extras within their pages. A few years back they were all the rage among publishers but the fad seems to have died out somewhat. But if there is one thing I can tell you from vast experience, it is that anything published by Insight Editions is always top of the line and a must have for film fans.
The book features a foreword by the film’s director Guillermo del Toro and has chapters exploring the various characters and aspects of this modern gothic horror. The opening chapter looks at the protagonist character of Edith Cushing portrayed by Mia Wasikowska. Waiskowska and del Toro, along with other cast members discuss her character along with the other major characters in the film.
The first packed in bit of extra material is a sketchbook by Costume Designer Kate Hawley which features several different costume sketches for Edith’s character. Next up is a look at the character of Dr. Alan McMichael played by Charlie Hunnam from Sons of Anarchy. This chapter looks not only at his character…again with comments from Hunnam, del Toro, and other cast members…but also a peak into his office and the instruments he uses.
Next up is a look at the aristocratic Sir Thomas Sharpe, Edith’s husband, played by Tom Hiddleston, best known for playing Loki in the Thor and Avengers films. Often times the extra material in these books comes in the form of faux documents and such is the case here. One of the extras is a “hand written” letter from Thomas to Edith.
Among the other extras in the book are a beautiful fold out picture spread of Allerdale Hall, A history of Baronet Sharpe and Allerdale Hall, faux vintage photographs, a poster, and more. In addition there are hundreds of photos from the film as well as pre-production sketches and design work. The book is filled with all sorts of great material that builds upon the film and adds a further layer of depth and background to the story and the characters. Definitely a book that you will want to add to your collection!