Gothic (1986) from Tuna

Gothic (1986) is a Ken Russell film that I could have done entirely without. THe DVD is wretched, and, to me, the story is incomprehensible. It is supposedly about the night when Mary Shelly gave birth to the idea for Frankenstein while at the home of Lord Byron. Basically, the do some drugs, have a seance, tell some ghost stories, share their nightmares, hallucinate a little, then it is morning.


Myriam Cyr shows her breasts twice.
 To me, it was a poor genre effort made worse by the miserable DVD transfer.

The Critics Vote

  • Apollo 70/100

The People Vote ...

  • IMDB summary. IMDb voters rate it 5.0/10, Apollo voters 86/100 (three votes)
IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is a D+.

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