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List Rules Movies of the gothic horror genre.

Gothic horror (also commonly referred to as gothic fiction) is a genre of literature or film that typically combines horror, fiction and romance. The first recorded work of gothic fiction was in 1764 when author Horace Walpole wrote his classic book A Gothic Story. Gothic fiction will pull on a pleasant sense of terror within the emotions and throw in some romantic emotions into the mix. Two other long-standing components of a gothic horror work of art are parody and melodrama. Some of the most well known literary works of art were part of gothic horror, including most of Edgar Allen Poe’s works as well as Mary Shelley’s (hi there, Frankenstein's monster).
 
This list features the best gothic horror movies, including: Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, The Devil’s Backbone, Eyes Without a Face, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, The Haunting, Phantom of the Opera, Hour of the Wolf, and Vampyr.

Vote up your favorite horror flick today, or add a gothic horror film you love that isn't already on the list.

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The Innocents Deborah Kerr, Michael Redgrave, Pamela Franklin

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Bride of Frankenstein Boris Karloff, Walter Brennan, Billy Barty

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The Haunting Claire Bloom, Lois Maxwell, Julie Harris

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House of Usher Vincent Price, Mark Damon, Myrna Fahey

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Bram Stoker's Dracula Jack Palance, Pamela Brown, Nigel Davenport

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The Pit and the Pendulum Vincent Price, Barbara Steele, Charles Victor

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Rebecca Laurence Olivier, Alfred Hitchcock, Joan Fontaine

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Frankenstein Boris Karloff, John Boles, Colin Clive

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Sleepy Hollow Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Christopher Walken

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Nosferatu Max Schreck, John Gottowt, Alexander Granach

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Rosemary's Baby Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes

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The Masque of the Red Death Vincent Price, Jane Asher, Hazel Court

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The Others Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley

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Dracula Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning, Carla Laemmle

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The Woman in Black Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer

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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Conrad Veidt, Lil Dagover, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski

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Black Sabbath Boris Karloff, Michèle Mercier, Rika Diallina

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Carnival of Souls Reza Badiyi, Herk Harvey, Candace Hilligoss

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The Company of Wolves Angela Lansbury, Terence Stamp, David Warner

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The Body Snatcher Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Bill Williams

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The Phantom of the Opera Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry, Mary Philbin

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The Uninvited Ray Milland, Gail Russell, Donald Crisp

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The Old Dark House Boris Karloff, Charles Laughton, Gloria Stuart

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Suspiria Joan Bennett, Alida Valli, Udo Kier

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What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Robert Aldrich

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The Curse of Frankenstein Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Hazel Court

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The Black Cat Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, David Manners

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Fredric March, Wallace Beery, Miriam Hopkins

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The Orphanage Geraldine Chaplin, Belén Rueda, Édgar Vivar

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Son of Frankenstein Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Basil Rathbone

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Nosferatu the Vampyre Isabelle Adjani, Klaus Kinski, Bruno Ganz

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Pan's Labyrinth Doug Jones, Ivana Baquero, Sergi López i Ayats

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The Name of the Rose Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Ron Perlman

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Vampyr Sybille Schmitz, Nicolas de Gunzburg, Maurice Schutz

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Burnt Offerings Bette Davis, Burgess Meredith, Oliver Reed

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Eyes Without a Face Alida Valli, Pierre Brasseur, Édith Scob

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The Hunger David Bowie, Willem Dafoe, Susan Sarandon

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Stir of Echoes Jennifer Morrison, Kevin Bacon, Illeana Douglas

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman

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The Fearless Vampire Killers Roman Polanski, Sharon Tate, Alfie Bass

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Shadow of the Vampire Willem Dafoe, John Malkovich, Eddie Izzard

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Wuthering Heights Timothy Dalton, Harry Andrews, Julian Glover

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Near Dark Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Adrian Pasdar

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Hour of the Wolf Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson

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Cronos Ron Perlman, Guillermo del Toro, Claudio Brook

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The Devil's Backbone Eduardo Noriega, Marisa Paredes, Federico Luppi

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Angel Heart Robert De Niro, Mickey Rourke, Lisa Bonet

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Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust Dwight Schultz, Pamela Adlon, John DiMaggio

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What Lies Beneath Michelle Pfeiffer, Harrison Ford, Amber Valletta