CRIMSON PEAK – VPL

Vincent Price’s Laugh is a biweekly podcast hosted by your favorite monster creeps, Elbee & Andrew. Join them for fun-filled analysis and discussion of not only Vincent Price movies, but a plethora of films in the realm of horror/scifi.

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Happy Holidays, Monster Creeps!

So, you may be thinking: Elbee, this is the Christmas episode of VPL. Why in the Peace-on-Earth-and-Goodwill-Towards-Men are you talking about a most-decidedly un-Christmas movie like Crimson Peak?

titlepageI’ll tell you! There is a long-standing – however, partially forgotten – tradition of telling ghost stories on Christmas Eve – dating as far back as the 16th century. The image of friends and loved ones gathered around a warm fire telling chilling tales to frighten one another isn’t just for Halloween! From Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in 1843 to Washington Irving’s “Old Christmas” in 1886 to even as modern as the BBC’s A Ghost Story For Christmas series in the 1970s, ghosts and Christmas just mix.

And, Crimson Peak is one of those perfect ghost stories. It’s a beautiful gothic romance – a straight throwback to a work along the same caliber of a Wuthering Heights or a Jane Eyre – a story of melancholy and loss, with the ghosts serving as a scary reminder of past transgressions. And guided by Guillermo del Toro’s incomparable vision, the film achieves every goal it set out to.

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Gorgeous and creepy home to Thomas and Lucille in Crimson Peak!

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Look at that hand! Exceptional monster performance by Doug Jones!

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Striking visual compositions all over this film! Mia Wasikowska is the perfect gothic heroine!

 

Check out what we thought about Crimson Peak and learn a bit more about Christmas ghosts on this week’s episode! As always, thank you for listening, and don’t forget to like, rate, subscribe, and review! Have a lovely holiday, everyone!

2 COMMENTS

  1. I want to live in Crimson Peak, too. Love this film and your excellent discussion. Wish you would have gone more into Edith, a wonderful character, the beating heart of the film.

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