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Gothic (1986)

R | | Horror | 10 April 1987 (USA)
The Shelleys visit Lord Byron and compete to write a horror story.

Director:

Ken Russell

Writers:

Lord Byron (story), Percy Bysshe Shelley (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gabriel Byrne ... Byron
Julian Sands ... Shelley
Natasha Richardson ... Mary Shelley
Myriam Cyr ... Claire Clairmont
Timothy Spall ... Dr. Polidori
Alec Mango ... Murray
Andreas Wisniewski ... Fletcher
Dexter Fletcher ... Rushton
Pascal King Pascal King ... Justine
Tom Hickey Tom Hickey ... Tour Guide
Linda Coggin Linda Coggin ... Turkish Mechanical Woman
Kristine Landon-Smith Kristine Landon-Smith ... Mechanical Woman
Chris Chappell Chris Chappell ... Man in Armour (as Chris Chappel)
Mark Pickard Mark Pickard ... Young William
Kiran Shah ... Fuseli Monster
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Storyline

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 <stobchatay@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Готика See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$916,172
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Virgin Vision See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Gabriel Byrne walks with a limp and carries a cane because the real Lord Byron had a club foot. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Alternate Versions

American versions contain a title-card before the credits. This title card contains Mary Shelley's quote from the foreword to Frankenstein where she discusses the night the movie centers around. A brief explanation is then provided mentioning that both Frankenstein and Dracula were born on that night. See more »


Soundtracks

I Wish I Was a Maid Again" (uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged and Performed by Gaynor Sadler and Tony Sadler
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Even more intriguing than the story of Frankenstein itself!
14 October 2000 | by psycho-djSee all my reviews

I didn't quite understand this film the first time I saw it. It was like a mass of confusion, but after watching it a few more times, I understand why it seemed as such. It can be difficult to tell what's real and what's just a hallucination (or a ghost). Gothic is definitely a thinking person's horror film. These people (Mary Shelley, Lord Byron, etc) were definately ahead of their time and very strange for lack of a better word. I was never a big fan of the story of Frankenstein, despite being a horror movie fan, but this film reeled me in to wanting to know more about Mary Shelley and the bizarre lifestyle of her and her friends. How true to their actual lifestyle this film actually is, I'm not sure, but it makes Mary Shelley's masterpiece make more sense. As for the film "Gothic" itself, words are hard to describe it as it is hard to understand it. But once one does get it, it is far more intriguing than "Frankenstein" in my opinion. With the insanity, freaky images, and the insight into the lives of these famous literary people, I would highly recommend this film to intelligent people who like horror films. It may be far from the best film ever made, but it is excellent for people with a mind. And as I tell people who haven't seen it, 'this movie will make you never want to do drugs again'!


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