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Goth(ic)

December 1 to December 31

A long, twisting road touched by fingers of cold fog connects the rich 18th and 19th century Gothic fiction of Mary Shelly, Edgar Allen Poe, Emily Brontë and Bram Stoker to the goth subcultures of the 80s and 90s. First used as a derogatory term to describe the excesses of a 12th-century architectural style, the term “Gothic” was reclaimed by Romantic revivalists who gloried in excess, as Gothic cinema and the goth subculture would later be defined in part by their over-the-top, baroque qualities and a hint of willful kitsch. Metrograph celebrates this cinematic legacy, spanning from German Expressionism to Golden Age Hollywood to Hammer Films to the morose creations of young American filmmakers inspired by the burgeoning goth/industrial/death rock music scene in the 1980s, bringing together a mob of melancholy monsters, hexed aristocrats, Udo Kier as Dracula, and the unparalleled ‘90s ensemble of The Craft.