Happy Friday the 13th! I don’t know if you have any plans, but as for me I’m going to spend my evening with pizza and horror films.
Speaking of Horror films I have been getting ready trying to pick out which ones I’ll use for Horrorfest X, my yearly Halloween countdown, but I’ve also been going through old posts and looking at the ones from the original Horrorfest, and thinking some of these movies Catherine Morland would love as they are full of gothic-y goodness.
Unfortunately, while they occasionally have Austen tendencies and can go on my Non-Austen Films for Austen Fans list, like Rebecca, the ones I’m thinking of are more like Catherine Morland’s Reading List–they don’t have anything to do with Jane Austen but are gothic stories Catherine would love.
Then I thought, why not start a new series, a list of only the good Gothic like horror films for the other Catherine Morland/Henry Tilney spooky people out there? It will only contain movies that I strongly recommend-none of the films that are poorly written or have a lot of issues. And unlike my other lists, this will be a one stop list for people looking for recommendations, while the original posts will only be done during Horrorfest.
So films on this list are going to be Gothic films or films with Gothic components. For those who are wondering what classifies something as a Gothic, here is the definition.
Gothic fiction, which is largely known by the subgenre of Gothic horror, is a genre or mode of literature and film that combines fiction and horror, death, and at times romance.
Any films I have already reviewed that fit for this list I will just list and link here, while any future film I review I will add a little specifically why it belongs on this list. I have 9 years of films I have watched/reviewed for Horrorfest, but I’m not sure how many of those will be on her. For now I’m going to put on the ones I have recently re-edited, and then will be adding more constantly. If you are looking for recommendations, be sure to check back for more:
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
The Mummy (1932)
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
The Cat and the Canary (1939)
Wuthering Heights (1939)
Return of the Vampire (1943)
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949)
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
The Bad Seed (1956)
Horror of Dracula (1958)
Carnival of Souls (1962)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
Northanger Abbey (1987)
The Addams Family (1991)
Dead Again (1991)
The Addams Family Values (1993)
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (2005)
The Corpse Bride (2005)
Northanger Abbey (2007)
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant (2009)
The Turn of the Screw (2009)
The Moonstone (2016)
For more movie lists, go to Non-Austen Films for Austen Fans