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Gothic (1986)

R  |   |  Horror  |  10 April 1987 (USA)
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Story of the night that Mary Shelley gave birth to the horror classic "Frankenstein." Disturbed drug induced games are played and ghost stories are told one rainy night at the mad Lord ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Myriam Cyr ...
Alec Mango ...
Pascal King ...
Tom Hickey ...
Tour Guide
Linda Coggin ...
Turkish Mechanical Woman
Kristine Landon-Smith ...
Mechanical Woman
Chris Chappell ...
Man in Armour (as Chris Chappel)
Mark Pickard ...
Young William
Fuseli Monster


Story of the night that Mary Shelley gave birth to the horror classic "Frankenstein." Disturbed drug induced games are played and ghost stories are told one rainy night at the mad Lord Byron's country estate. Personal horrors are revealed and the madness of the evening runs from sexual fantasy to fiercest nightmare. Mary finds herself drawn into the sick world of her lover Shelley and cousin Claire as Byron leads them all down the dark paths of their souls. Written by Susan Southall <>

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Conjure up your deepest, darkest fear... now call that fear to life.




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10 April 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Готика  »

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$916,172 (USA)

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After Shelly comes down from the roof and tells of his fascination with lightning, Byron calls him "Shelly, The Modern Prometheus." When it was first published in 1818, Mary Shelly's novel was called "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus." See more »


Claire Clairmont (Myriam Cyr) falls out of the rowboat in the opening scene, but just a few seconds later, as she's running with Percy toward the house, her clothes and hair are totally dry. See more »


[first lines]
Tour Guide: And there, ladies and gentlemen, on the other side of the lake we have the famous Villa Diodati where Lord Byron, greatest living English poet, resides in exile. Romantic, scholar, duelist, best-selling author of Childe Harold, he was forced to leave his native land after many scandals including incest and adultery with Lady Caroline Lamb. "Mad, bad and dangerous to know" she called him.
[the guide squeezes a lady's hand and points]
Tour Guide: Bedroom - top right.
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Sonata in D Major (L463)
Music by Domenico Scarlatti
Arranged and Performed by Gaynor Sadler and Tony Sadler
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One of the most interesting horror films ever made!
10 October 2004 | by (Blue Mountains, Australia) – See all my reviews

I've only seen two of Ken Russell's films (Gothic and Lair of the White Worm), but if they are anything to go by, he is one of the best horror directors of all time. It is so nice to see someone going against the mould and not making predictable slasher films or Hollywood 'Sixth-Sense' style horror-thrillers.

It is about the weird night that Mary Shelly and her poet brother spent with Lord Byron, which supposedly inspired her to write Frankenstein.

It is filled with hallucionations and erotic weirdness which bridges it much closer to the work of David Lynch or Cronenberg than to the traditional horror film.

I absolutely loved this film and can't recommend it enough. Even if you hate it, you can't deny that it's an experience! 5/5

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