Gothic (1986) Movie Review


Gothic (1986)

1986 | Horror
87 minutes /

User Score: 60/100

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The Shelleys visit Lord Byron and compete to write a horror story.

The year is 1816. A sprawling villa in Switzerland is the setting for a stormy night of madness. On this night of the "Haunted Summer," five famous friends gather around an ancient skull to conjure up their darkest fears. Poets Lord Byron and Percy Shelley, Shelley’s fiancĂ©e Mary Godwin, Mary’s stepsister Claire Clairemont and Byron’s friend John Polidori spend a hallucinogenic evening confronting their fears in a frenzy of shocking lunacy. Horrifying visions invade the castle - realizations of Byron’s fear of leeches, Shelley’s fear of premature burial, Mary’s fear of birthing a stillborn child - all brought forth in a bizarre dreamscape. They share the terrifying fantasies that chase them through the castle that night. The events of that night later inspired Mary Shelley to write the classic "Frankenstein" and Dr. Polidori to pen "The Vampyre," which became the basis for the creation of Dracula. Gabriel Byrne, Julian Sands, Natasha Richardson

About Gothic 1986

Title: Gothic
Year: 1986
Runtime: 87 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3/5 stars from 5 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 5
Starring: Kiran Shah, Julian Sands, Gabriel Byrne, Dexter Fletcher, Myriam Cyr, Timothy Spall, Mark Pickard, Christine Newby, Kim Tillesly, Ken Russell, Natasha Richardson, Alec Mango, Andreas Wisniewski, Pascal King, Tom Hickey, Linda Coggin, Kristine Landon-Smith, Chris Chappell
Writers: Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Stephen Volk
Director: Ken Russell

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