Gothic (1986)

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 fiancée 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..

Directing:
  • Ken Russell

Writing:
  • Stephen Volk

Stars:
Release Date: 1986-11-30
themoviedb icon 5.9/10
  • Country: GB
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 84
Timothy Spall
Timothy Spall
Dr. Polidori
Gabriel Byrne
Gabriel Byrne
Byron
Natasha Richardson
Natasha Richa...
Mary Shelley
Julian Sands
Julian Sands
Shelley
Tom Hickey
Tom Hickey
Tour Guide
Dexter Fletcher
Dexter Fletch...
Rushton
Andreas Wisniewski
Andreas Wisni...
Fletcher
Kiran Shah
Kiran Shah
Fuseli Monster
Myriam Cyr
Myriam Cyr
Claire Clairmont
Alec Mango
Alec Mango
Murray
Ken Russell
Ken Russell
Tourist
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