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Gothic (1986)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Byron
... Shelley
... Mary Shelley
... Claire Clairmont
... Dr. Polidori
... Murray
... Fletcher
... Rushton
Pascal King ... Justine
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
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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 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>

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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
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Other works of literature mentioned in the film are "The Castle of Otranto" by Horace Walpole (regarded as the first Gothic novel), "Vathek" by William Beckford, and "The Monk" by Matthew Lewis, another gothic novel about a corrupt priest. 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 »

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[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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Soundtracks

Sonata in D Major (L463)
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Music by Domenico Scarlatti
Arranged and Performed by Gaynor Sadler and Tony Sadler
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Ken Russell meets the Mother of Frankenstein
25 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

I saw this some twenty years ago, and haven't seen it since. It is a very particular vision of the famous night when Lord Byron, Percy Shelley and Mary Shelley spent a night in a country estate in Switzerland and decided to see who wrote the scariest story. Mary Shelley, of course, wrote Frankenstein out of that night. There are other movies on this subject - I think Roger Corman made one. Gothic is what one expects from Ken Russell - lurid, grotesque, hallucinatory, over the top. It hasn't been seen a lot since then, it hasn't become one of his classics, but it is a good film for those who like this sort of thing. And there is the addition of seeing the then young and upcoming English actors playing this - Natasha Richardson (as Mary Shelley), Gabriel Byrne (Lord Byron), Julian Sands (Percy Shelley), Timothy Spall. The scene that have stand most in my memory: Myriam Cyr's nipples turning into eyes.


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