Daniel Radcliffe’s new film, “The Woman in Black,” builds off a rich tradition of the Gothic horror movies. It’s the perfect excuse to look back at the movies that scared with floor creaks and swinging doors, and there are more than a few that you may not have seen recently, if ever.
Here is a look at some of our favorite Gothic horror movies in honor of “The Woman in Black.”
F.W. Murnau’s silent vampire film may have unabashedly stolen from Dracula, but the film went down in history as an all-time classic. There are few images that are as iconic as Nosferatu disappearing in the sunlight during the finale. It may seem antiquated now, but this is the granddaddy of all Gothic horror.
“The Woman In Black” borrows more than a few of its traits from Henry James’ novel, “Turn of the Screw,” and the 1961 adaptation starring Deborah Kerr. In the film, Kerr plays a governess who must look after two young children, Miles and Flora. Things would have worked out fine had it not been for the two ghosts that seem to have it out for the children.
One of Tim Burton’s more underappreciated films, “Sleepy Hollow” takes the classic Washington Irving story and transforms it into a murder mystery-horror hybrid. Certainly a bizarre movie, the film spins the well-known story in a unique fashion and makes the Headless Horseman the badass he always should have been.
Another under-seen horror film, “The Others” shares a lot in common with “The Innocents,” right down to the idea of the haunted children. Director Alejandro Amenabar gives the film a distinctive and unforgettable look that’s as beautiful as it is scary. A great ending seals the deal, so avoid spoilers if you don’t know the secret.
This Spanish import bears the name of Guillermo del Toro as executive producer and used the concept of creepy children better than most films in the last decade. Check it out if you haven’t already for a unique take on the Gothic horror story.
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