Welcome to Gothic Cinema Theater, where the house lights never come up and the trailers cut themselves. Tonight, we're watching six of our favorite gothic movies all in a row. Warning to some of our more sensitive patrons: It's going to be morning by the time this marathon ends, so prepare yourself for some brief exposure to sunlight. Your usher will provide you with some complimentary sunblock/eye-shadow on request. Have a good night!
"The Seventh Victim"
First up, we have a horror classic from an era when "gothic" meant, like, "Wuthering Heights." Still, this movie should be right up our dark, Cure-listening alley. The character of Jacqueline Gibson, the girl who goes missing after getting involved in a Satanic cult, is kind of a proto-goth. And there's lots of dark and creepy sequences in long alleyways and corridors, and for you film buffs out there, a scene that in some ways predicts the famous shower sequence in "Psycho."
Here's a movie a few more of you might remember. Winona Ryder's character is something of a goth heroine, and the plot about ghosts messing with a bunch of insufferable yuppies should resonate with all of you in the audience who ever had to go to the lame mall with your parents. And let's talk Beetlejuice himself: A horrifying, anarchic cartoon character, who does whatever he wants including inflicting violent mayhem. He's like the dad you wish you had!
Another gothic favorite directed by Tim Burton and starring Winona Ryder, this time as the love interest to the titular Mr. Scissorhands, so named because he has scissors instead of hands. He's also got long, stringy black hair and scars from where he (accidentally) cuts himself so all in all this is a very sympathetic hero. Plus he was created by a scientist played by Vincent Price, who I know many of you see as a father figure. Try not to cry too loudly, this is a movie theater.
"The Nightmare Before Christmas"
For our final film of the night, we thought it would be a good idea to close with something a little light. But don't worry, just because this is an animated comedy musical doesn't mean it's short on gothic atmosphere. The bulk of the action takes place in "Halloweentown," AKA the place most of you would abandon all of your loved ones to live. And the songs are so catchy! Have a bad day, everybody!