Inspired by….Gothic: The Dark Heart of Film


The BFI is currently hosting a season of Gothic Horror across cinema and television, exploring the themes ‘Monstrous,’ ‘The Dark Arts,’ ‘Haunted,’ & ‘Love is a Devil,’ with 13 programmes selected. From German Expressionism, to Universal Studios Horror & Hammer Horror, as well as more contemporary examples including Rosemary’s baby, Daughters of Darkness & Hellraiser, the programme promises to offer a wide-thematic exploration of Gothic film.

Here at WSA library we have a good selection of films & literature dedicated to the Gothic – from classic films such as The Shining, The Innocents & Nosferatu, to Gothic street fashion, and Gothic inspired contemporary Art & Design. Above is a selection from our collection – all available to borrow (see catalogue entries below):

Hellbound: New Gothic Art  (2008)

House of Horror: The Complete Hammer Films Story (1994)

The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror (1993)

Fashioning Gothic Bodies (2004)

The Shining (1980)

The Innocents (1961)

The Wicker Man (1973)

Nosferatu (1922) 

Suspiria (1977)

Gothic: The Dark Heart of Film runs at BFI Southbank October – December 2013. Further information is available here.