When I saw the poster and trailer for Roger Eggers’ The Witch, something felt right. It clicked. To me, the existence of such a film filled a certain void. That void? The lack of quality (Gothic) horror films set in early America.
I would have liked to see Crimson Peak in theaters the night it opened, but for a variety of reasons I didn’t get a chance to watch it until Halloween, which is a pretty good day to watch a Gothic film anyway!
I avoided reading any reviews of the film before watching it so I could be as unbiased as possible when forming my opinions on it, but I did have a few small preconceptions floating in the back of my mind: quotes from Del Toro I had read before the film opened about how Crimson Peak would be “feminist” and would turn some gender conventions on its head. Continue reading
Seven of the “Universal Monsters” (Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Creature from the Black Lagoon) are celebrated in these exquisitely soulful and gothic posters by artist Nicolas Delort. You can buy the collection here.
Dracula (1931) Continue reading
The Halloween window displays at Bergdorf Goodman in NYC, while always fantastic, climb to new heights this month by partnering with Guillermo Del Toro’s Crimson Peak (in theaters today!). Each window scene is inspired by a moment of horror in the film, Continue reading
Though many contemporary horror films have Gothic tropes, Guillermo Del Toro’s upcoming Crimson Peak is the only mainstream film in my recent memory which not only appears to be wholly Gothic, but actually bills itself as such (the unofficial tagline is “A Gothic Romance”).
So just how Gothic is it? Continue reading
Want to dress as a part of a gothic duo this Halloween, but don’t feel like buying sexy vampire costumes from Party City (the only thing you find when you google “gothic couples costume”)? Me neither. That’s why I’ve pulled together some couples costumes ideas plucked straight from the pages of Gothic literature. These easy-to- DIY costumes are suitable for any gender combination and will add a little bookish wit to any party you attend. Plenty of options for those of you flying solo this year, too! Scroll down for a chronological tour of literary characters.