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Gothic (2002)




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In this English film, the 1816 gathering of Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (Natasha Richardson), her fiancé, Percy Shelley (Julian Sands), Lord Byron (Gabriel Byrne), Claire Clairmont (Myriam Cyr), and Dr. John Polidori (Timothy Spall) at a Swiss resort spawned the gothic classics, Frankenstein and The Vampyre. What took place on that fateful night to inspire the authors to such horrific fiction?

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Natasha Richardson
as Mary Shelley
Julian Sands
as Shelley
Myriam Cyr
as Claire Clairmont
Timothy Spall
as Dr. John Polidori
Alec Mango
as Murray
Pascal King
as Justice
Tom Hickey
as Tour Guide
Linda Coggin
as Turkish Mechanical Doll
Kristine Landon-Smith
as Mechanical Woman
Chris Chappell
as Man in Armour
Mark Pickard
as Young William
Kiran Shah
as Fuseli Monster
Christine Newby
as Shelley Fan
Kim Tillesley
as Shelley Fan
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Critic Reviews for Gothic

All Critics (13)

It's a fortuitous gathering of creative minds, expressed via Russell's vision (and Thomas Dolby's gloriously anachronistic score) as a fever dream, a séance, a nightmare, a seduction and an exorcism - and it is glorious.

September 10, 2021 | Full Review…

I'll take my Byron and Shelley straight.

October 3, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

'Gothic' can be taken neither seriously nor with a saving pinch of salt.

October 17, 2005 | Full Review…

There's no sleeping tonight

May 12, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

I had forgotten just how plain weird director Ken Russell can be . . .

October 15, 2004 | Full Review…

A weird and visually memorable film that Russell fans will love and others will find interesting and at least slightly more accessible than most of his other films.

September 26, 2002 | Rating: 70/100

Audience Reviews for Gothic


Just rewatched this. What could have been a pretty amazing film, falls a bit flat due to some bad editing. But I still love it to spite all of it's flaws.

Robert C
Robert C

Super Reviewer


I like the original story and if it were done in a more serious and dramatic way (with a fair amount of light-heartedness) this could have been a briliant film. It was simply too weird for my liking although it was made very well. Good acting.

Sophie Burgess
Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer


Crazy-ass movie. Ken Russell is a freak.

Cindy I
Cindy I

Super Reviewer

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