31 DAYS OF HORROR – “Gothic” – CINESPECT

Gothic

Those familiar with director Ken Russell’s work tend to know him for either his highbrow historical dramas (“Women in Love”) and composer biopics (“Mahler,” “The Music Lovers”), or his sci-fi/horror outing “Altered States,” specifically for the latter’s hallucination sequences. Combining both genres, his 1986 film “Gothic” is a recounting of the origin stories of both Frankenstein’s monster and the modern vampire narrative through a laudanum-fueled love quintangle—or better yet, “lust pentagram,” in keeping with the film’s séance theme.

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