gothic


gothic
  a literary or film style characterized by dark and dreary influences, such as ghouls, the supernatural, the grotesque, deathly forces, and the mysterious. Settings include old mansions, castles, and a threatened heroine. Often used in reference to horror films with these characteristics, to increase the film's prestige
  Examples: archetypal gothic romances include Wuthering Heights (1939) and David Lean's Great Expectations (1946); Dracula (1931) and Rosemary's Baby (1968) are archetypal gothic horror films

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