The Monster Within – Australian Gothic and the terror of the familiar. (Article)


I have written a rather long piece for The Essential on Australian Gothic Cinema, a type of film far too under explored and miss understood for my tastes.

You can read the full thing at The Essential, here.

White-heritage Australians have been making films that can be identified as Australian Gothic (primarily a literary style rather than a genre) since the early 1970s, picking up where the rest of the world left off – particularly Americans, who languished in films like Rebecca(Hitchcock 1940) and the Euro influence of Frankenstein and Dracula, but who had incorporated the exhausted genre as a whole into horror films. Gothic as literature was big in the late 1700s but was being parodied by the start of the next century and started to lose its value. In the early 1900s with the advent of mainstream film making, there was a reignited interest in the styles of Gothic as genre, but that interest gave way to the advent of the horror film, a genre deemed to break open the boundaries of the gothic film and gothic novel. Since then, contemporary film gothic tends to be represented by films like Interview with the Vampire, the multiple Frankenstein films, Edward Scissorhands, Sweeny Todd and most other Tim Burton films.

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