Gothic (1986)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B

United Kingdom, 1986.  Virgin Vision.  Screenplay by , based on a story by , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  

As in Haunted Summer and Rowing With The Wind, the famed gathering of notable historical figures at the house of Lord Byron is once again the subject of a film. This time, however, a film has taken the basic premise and come up with a completely fictitious story, one that ends up being far too ridiculous for words. Byron () assembles friends Mary Godwin (later Shelley, played by ), Percy Shelley () and Mary’s cousin Claire () for a summer of madness and pleasure. Mary writes Frankenstein on a dare, then follows it with a night of raunchy sex, spiritual experimentation, and the exploration of the darkest parts of humanity. It sounds kinky and fun, but there’s really nothing to it.

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