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Top Ten Gothic Horror Movies, Ranked

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  • Posted on 19th Sep, 2022 16:32 PM

Over the course of the last 200 years, Gothic Horror has only grown in popularity, and these classic films are great examples of why.

In 1765, Horace Walpole published The Castle of Otranto, instantly creating the horror genre and marking the Gothic as the oldest form of the horror novel. Made fun of for its melodrama, salaciousness, and depravity in the centuries following, Gothic Horror has only grown in popularity and meaning, establishing itself as a firm pillar of dark, lonely, and honest storytelling.

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Gothic Horror, unafraid to acknowledge societal taboos such as rape, incest, and perversity, is perhaps the only genre to properly encapsulate fears of the unknown or the unspeakable. While Gothic Horror novels have ranged in popularity since the genre’s birth, Gothic Horror films have become modern audiences’ first association with this style of storytelling. Filled with death and decay, corruption and disparity, Gothic Horror films have been embodying viewers’ domestic fears since 1910.


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Crimson Peak is director Guillermo del Toro's love letter to the Gothic Horror genre. Filled with dark lace, Victorian corsets, and decrepit, rotting houses, Crimson Peak’s aesthetic fits perfectly into the Gothic canon. The aesthetics don't begin to scratch the surface of this film’s Gothic atmosphere, however.

The film follows Edith Cushing, a young aspiring writer, and her breathless romance with aristocrat Thomas Sharpe. After her father’s mysterious murder, Edith and Thomas move into Allerdale Hall along with Thomas’s strange sister. Not long after her arrival, Edith begins to uncover secrets better left hidden. The film, filled with ghosts, incest, and murder, is not one lovers of the Gothic Horror will want to miss.

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