In terms of must-watch movies for Halloween, iconic retro horror films like Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Nightmare on Elm Street, Carrie, The Exorcist, Dracula, Frankenstein, Psycho, all of these (plus more) are a must. It doesn’t matter if it’s the first time you’re watching or the hundredth time, they are a necessary ingredient in putting you in a spooky mood.
Francis Ford Coppola’s version of Dracula was required viewing for a goth in the 90’s and early 00’s, so you could fall in lust with Gary Oldman in his grey tails and tophat, and burn with need for every dress that Winona Ryder and Sadie Frost wear. The costume designer for the film was the legendary Eiko Ishioka, known for her architectural, conceptual designs in other films like The Cell, The Fall and later, Mirror, Mirror. The most iconic costume is Lucy’s wedding dress/burial gown, with its high lace collar inspired by medieval designs that makes her look like the predator she is. And Winona Ryder in her blood red dress with its cascading bustle is the stuff that goth girl dreams are made of.
Now that summer is here and you’re looking for some new shows to binge watch, might I suggest our current obsession show Penny Dreadful? The recently completed 8 episode season is a definition of gothic horror, utterly devoid of camp. The writing, acting, and aesethetic of the show is beyond anything you’ve seen on television before. Each episode is its own vintage horror film, scary and sexy and edge-of-your-seat excitement. Also it’s full of so many delightful things, like actually scary vampires, multiple inter-cast shipping opprotunities, one of the most important moments in KISS HIM! history ever, oh and did I mention Eva Green? We’ve been fans of this willowy, dark French queen for years now, and on Penny Dreadful, through the amazing character she plays, she’s able to fully demonstrate just how amazing of an actress she is. So, take eight hours out of your life and be deliciously scared/aroused/delighted, why dontcha?