20 films in gothic style

Cinema in the Gothic style frightens and fascinates with a gloomy atmosphere, sinister mysteries and creepy characters. The action takes place among castles, crypts, and other notorious places where ghosts frolic under the cover of darkness. Our selection of gothic movies features new movies and time-honoured classics, from mystical detective stories to blood-chilling horrors.

Winchester. The House That the Ghosts Built (2018)

A new mystical thriller based in part on the true story of the heiress of one of the most famous arms companies . The woman lives in an old house with bizarre architecture, where there are many rooms, corridors, secret passages. On the instructions of the owner, the building is constantly being rebuilt in order to trap numerous ghosts chasing representatives of the famous weapons clan.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Winchester: The House that Ghosts Built

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, detective

Actors:
Helen Mirren, Sarah Snook, Finn Skikluna-O’Prey…

Country:
Australia, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
16 +


Health Cure (2017)

A gothic-style foreign film with an interesting plot inspired by Thomas Mann’s novel The Magic Mountain. An ambitious employee must escort the CEO of a financial company from a sanatorium located in the mountains . The clinic staff prevents the Big Boss from leaving. An employee trying to influence the situation gradually goes crazy and becomes a prisoner of an ominous place.

Original title:
A Cure for Wellness

Genre:
Thriller, fantasy, horror, drama, fantasy, detective

Actors:
Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth …

Country:
USA, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Beauty for the Beast (2017)

Biographical drama based on the real life of the famous British writer Mary Shelley. A young girl falls in love with a poet who is married and besieged by creditors. A series of emotional upheavals, painful disappointments and unexpected meetings leads the young lady to write the novel “Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus” – one of the most terrible books in world literature.

Original title:
Mary Shelley

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, biography, history

Actors:
Elle Fanning, Bel Powley, Owen Richards…

Country:
UK, Luxembourg, USA, Ireland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Inhabitants (2017)

A mystical film with a gloomy gothic atmosphere is worth watching for all fans of stories about haunted houses. An ominous supernatural entity that has settled in an old estate sets strict rules for the inhabitants. Anyone who dares to disobey instructions or move to another place will face a terrible punishment. The chain of events forces the heroes to violate the instructions of the dark forces.

Original title:
The Lodgers

Genre:
Horror, thriller, drama, melodrama, detective

Actors:
Charlotte Vega, Bill Milner, Eugene Simon …

Country:
Ireland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.8, IMDb – 5.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Crimson Peak (2015)

A rich American woman falls in love and marries a strange inventor after her father’s death. obsessed with eccentric ideas. An English husband transports his chosen one to a mysterious estate, which is notorious among the locals. Creepy things happen every night within the walls of an old building. The young heroine of the spectacular film Guillermo del Toro will have to enter into a fierce battle with the bloody ghosts of the past.

Original title:
Crimson Peak

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, thriller, drama, melodrama, detective

Actors:
Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston…

Country:
Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Victor Frankenstein (2015)

The list of the best films in the Gothic style continues with a non-trivial film adaptation of the famous Mary Shelley novel with a high rating. A talented doctor saves a young circus performer from a serious illness . In gratitude for the healing, he becomes a doctor’s assistant. The purposeful doctor is more concerned not with the cure of ailments, but with experiments on the resurrection of dead flesh.

Original title:
Victor Frankenstein

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, thriller, drama

Actors:
Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy, Jessica Brown Findlay …

Country:
USA, UK, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
16+


House of the Damned (2014)

After receiving a prestigious Oxford diploma, a capable young doctor gets a job in a provincial psychiatric clinic. In a medical institution, rather extraordinary methods of treating patients are practiced for the medicine of that time. The newly minted specialist, plunging into routine work, gradually realizes that the clinic keeps some sinister secrets.

Original title:
Stonehearst Asylum

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, Ben Kingsley …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
18+


Woman in Black (2012)

Top Gothic cinema continues the horror film about England of the Victorian era, based on the novel by Susan Hill. A London lawyer is forced to go to a remote province to put in order the papers of a deceased client. In addition to routine work, the hero will have to face a terrible local legend about a woman in black who drives children to suicide.

Original title:
The Woman in Black

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, thriller, drama

Actors:
Daniel Radcliffe, Kieran Hinds, Janet McTeer …

Country:
UK, Canada, Sweden

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.4

Age Limits :
16+


Dark Shadows (2012)

A modern film version of the cult series that has been airing in the US since the mid-60s. The arrogant aristocrat broke the witch’s heart, for which he paid dearly. Not only did the proud arrogant become a vampire, but he was also buried alive. Only after more than two hundred years, the hero managed to get out of the coffin. Over the past time, the world has changed dramatically, the estate has fallen into decay, and the descendants of the once glorious family have become rather miserable people.

Original title:
Dark Shadows

Genre:
Fantasy, romance, comedy

Actors:
Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Chloe Grace Moretz…

Country:
USA, Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
12+


Psychic (2011)

A selection of the most atmospheric gothic films continues with a chilling English film in the thriller genre. At the school for boys, frequent appearances of ghosts are noted, which causes a lot of trouble for pupils and teachers . A skeptic scientist arrives at an educational institution, famous for exposing charlatan tricks . A self-confident person intends to prove that no mysticism exists, but she is faced with truly inexplicable phenomena.

Original title:
The Awakening

Genre:
Thriller, drama, horror

Actors:
Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Raven (2011)

The detective thriller intertwines fiction with real facts from the biography of Edgar Allan Poe. A serial killer brutally destroys his victims, inspired by the writer’s works. Exhausted by the upheavals of life and excessive addiction to alcohol , Edgar Poe, feeling his indirect guilt in what happened, gets involved in the investigation.

Original title:
The Raven

Genre:
Thriller, crime, detective

Actors:
John Cusack, Luke Evans, Alice Yves …

Country:
USA, Spain, Hungary, Serbia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Wolfman (2010)

A beautiful gothic film that received mixed reviews from viewers and critics, based on the cult American horror movie of 1941. The hero returns from the US to the UK to join the search for his missing brother. Meanwhile, a terrible creature appeared in the vicinity of the city, tearing people to pieces and terrifying the locals.

Original title:
The Wolfman

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, thriller, drama

Actors:
Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt, Hugo Weaving…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Dorian Gray (2009)

Watching a bewitching film adaptation of the famous Oscar Wilde novel can cause rather conflicting feelings among connoisseurs of the classics due to liberties in the interpretation of the plot. An attractive young man moves to London and immediately gets into the cycle of metropolitan passions. Realizing how much beauty means to success, the hero makes a deal with the devil to leave his appearance timeless, but years later true love overtakes him.

Original title:
Dorian Gray

Genre:
Fantasy, thriller, drama

Actors:
Ben Barnes, Colin Firth, Ben Chaplin …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

The spectacular musical film is based on the acclaimed musical by Andrew Lloyd Weber and the gothic novel by French writer Gaston Leroux. A mysterious voice speaks to a young singer in the darkness of the Paris Opera. A disfigured musical genius in a mask seeks to make a prima donna out of a girl, but a wealthy viscount also claims the love of a talented beauty.

Original title:
The Phantom of the Opera

Genre:
Musical, thriller, drama, romance

Actors:
Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson, Miranda Richardson …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
12+


Van Helsing (2004)

A non-trivial dark fantasy based on the intersection of several classic gothic stories. Far beyond the forests lies the mysterious country of Transylvania, where dark forces rule the roost. The famous vampire hunter Van Helsing goes there to deal with the bloodthirsty Count Dracula. The fighter against evil spirits is accompanied by a girl who hopes to remove the vampire curse from her family.

Original title:
Van Helsing

Genre:
Fantasy, Action, Thriller, Adventure

Actors:
Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale, Richard Roxburgh…

Country:
USA, Czech Republic

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 6.1

Age Limits :
12+


Sleepy Hollow (1999)

The popular film adaptation of the gothic novel by American writer Washington Irving is an atmospheric thriller with an all-star cast. A young police officer is tasked with going into the countryside and investigating a series of mysterious murders. Witnesses claim that behind every crime is a headless horseman – a sinister ghost from local legends. The hero will have to find out what is really hidden behind the terrible legends.

Original title:
Sleepy Hollow

Genre:
Thriller, fantasy, horror, detective

Actors:
Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson…

Country:
Germany, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Georgino (1994)

The young doctor, having returned from the First World War , is going to continue working in an orphanage, where he worked before being sent to the front. For the duration of the hostilities, the institution was evacuated to a remote village surrounded by impenetrable forests. When they reach their destination, the doctor learns with horror that all the children have died, and the local red-haired witch is accused of the murder.

Original title:
Giorgino

Genre:
Thriller, drama, horror

Actors:
Jeff Dahlgren, Mylene Farmer, Francis Barber …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Frankenstein (1994)

Atmospheric fantasy horror is considered the closest film version of Mary Shelley’s classic novel to the text. The young ambitious doctor is seriously determined to conquer death. In pursuit of the cherished goal, the hero conducts experiments with dead flesh and, as a result, revives a creature assembled from parts of various corpses. A successful experiment turned into a real disaster for the scientist himself , his loved ones and the monster created in the process.

Original title:
Frankenstein

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, drama, melodrama

Actors:
Robert De Niro, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hulse, Helena Bonham Carter …

Country:
USA, Japan, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Raven (1994)

On the eve of Halloween , a gang of criminals brutally cracked down on a famous rock musician and his girlfriend. A year after the terrible events, a dead rock star rises from the grave and, turning into an infernal raven, goes to take revenge on his killers. During the filming of the horror, the lead actor was seriously injured, leading to an untimely death.

Original title:
The Crow

Genre:
Fantasy, action

Actors:
Brandon Lee, Rochelle Davis, Ernie Hudson…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Dracula (1992)

Spectacular adaptation of the famous vampire novel by Bram Stoker. A young lawyer goes to the castle to the Transylvanian count to help arrange the purchase of real estate in London. Gradually, the main character realizes that he is dealing with a vampire who was born in the Middle Ages and plans to start a new bloody life in Victorian England.

Original title:
Dracula

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, melodrama

Actors:
Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves…

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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