“The Witch” and other horror films set in early America

The Witch Poster

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.

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Crimson Peak: not as feminist as promised

Crimson Peak Edith Scared

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

Couples Costumes Inspired by Gothic Literature

Poe and Raven 1

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.

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