gothic horror

A bit of Gothic Horror

What constitutes a gothic subculture?

Gothic Literature has only been of passing interest until now. Gothic literature is a magnificent construct of fiction and horror with love, if not lust, integrated into the storylines.

The genre appeared like a vampire looking for blood ad midnight in the mid 18th century. The publication of Walpole’s Castle of Otranto: A Gothic Story (1765) inspired other authors including some of the most well known such as Abraham “Bram” Stoker and Mary Shelley.

Gothic Literature has been the basis of in modern times for film, theatre, graphic novels, music, fashion and an entire sub-culture. Using the uncanny which causes a psychological experience of something as strangely familiar, rather than simply mysterious. They can be based on a familiar event but approached in a scary or sinister way.

The stories most often have a powerful female character most often as the victim of some monster lustful. At the time of the novels and the early films these reflected the status of woman in society. This is a huge topic which has been analysed for decades. It is an interesting subject from an Anthropological point of view. Rachel Clamp article The Significance of Female Identity Within Gothic Literature is an interesting read on female identity and how it is essential to Gothic literature.

The Gothic stories inspired some of the very first films, often based on stage productions of the novels such as Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. The German Expressionist film Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922) was listed as the first and seems controversial. The stoker family successfully sued, and all copies of the film were ordered to be destroyed. Fortunately, a few copies survived and we can now watch the film on Youtube.

The first Australian modern Gothic film is considered to be Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975).

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