Darkness, death, and… summer? Sure, why not! Goth films are known for their eerie, angsty, and horror-filled imagery, typically adorned in black and dark hues, and while that might not scream summer to you, there's something specifically intriguing about blue skies, flowers, and hot days intertwined with so much despair.
Here are 13 goth movies to binge on even during the most sunshine-y of days.
This version of the story of the dramatic and passionate author of Frankenstein shows us a new and different side to Mary Shelley. With themes of angst and radicalism, the film has forbidden love (a classic summer romance element) and modern rebellion, all the while portraying a 19th century gothic girl at her finest.
An iconic goth film, Beetlejuice is a dark comedy with the perfect balance of playful and horror-filled elements to make this movie a cult-favorite classic. With ghosts, black wardrobes, and more, Beetlejuice is a movie about two families, one ghost family and one human family, living in the same spooked house. Whether it’s Winona Ryder’s (one of cinema’s most iconic goth girls) witchy bangs or a truly inspired version of “Day-o,” this movie brings all the summer feels. Shout “Beetlejuice” three times!
Addams Family Values
While both the original Addams Family and its sequel are perfect goth movies, we have to say that its the latter which is the perfect summer goth fare, thanks to the fact that much of it takes place at a summer camp, where ultimate goth girl Wednesday Addams teaches us all a lesson about how to build the ultimate bonfire.
This inspirational-goth movie screams “follow your summer dreams.” Gypsy, a small-town teenage outcast, hits the road with her fellow goth best friend and heads to New York City to see her icon Stevie Nicks. Gypsy 83 is the all-too-relatable, '90s film that will make you cry, laugh, and want to take a summer road trip, ASAP. From the words of Gypsy, “Big is beautiful. Haven’t you heard?”
Based off the novel by James O’Barr, The Crow is a grunge classic with a grim and morbid aesthetic, thanks to supernatural antihero, Eric Draven. Featuring Brandon Lee’s (Eric Draven) final performance after he died on-set in a horrible accident, The Crow remains an iconic goth film. A reboot is in the works for 2019, which is an even better reason to watch the original, now.
Telekinesis, school uniforms, witches, and more. This '90s film speaks to everyone’s inner teenage girl. The Craft follows four outcast high schoolers discovering their powers, and taking revenge on those who have wronged them. Let's call the corners, girls.
The Virgin Suicides
The Virgin Suicides puts a tragic spin on a group of sisters who rebel against their religious and overprotective parents. The story is narrated by a group of boys who are obsessed with the five sisters, and follow the lives of these sheltered girls to their chilling and gothic ends.
This indie movie channels a classic homecoming story, with a dysfunctional family as the main star, and an added gothic twist. Addison Timlin stars as Colleen, a goth-girl-turned-nun, who goes home to visit her family and see her older brother, who returned from the Iraq war with serious crippling injuries. Colleen returns to find her black, gothic room untouched and realizes it may be harder than she hoped to shed her past identity.
Another Winona Ryder-Tim Burton film, Edward Scissorhands is a gothic love story between a human and a... well, we're not exactly sure what Edward is. While twisted and bizarre, it's also filled with whimsical costumes and sets, as well as myriad comic and romantic layers.
This zombie-filled horror comedy brings a new meaning to summer romance. Warm Bodies tells the story of a young zombie wandering through life (or, rather, un-death), who ends up falling in love with a human girl, whose father leads an anti-zombie group. It’s basically The Walking Dead meets Romeo and Juliet.
Rocky Horror Picture Show
This '70s horror comedy is filled with genius humor, catchy tunes, and highly raunchy jokes. The black, sparkly outfits and fierce one-liners are only the cherries on top of this iconic cinematic cake. Just get ready to learn to dance the "Time Warp."
Donnie Darko is a cult classic coming-of-age story with a 6-foot-tall bunny named Frank. Talk about unsettling. As the titular character, Jake Gyllenhaal gives a compelling performance with the perfect amount of teenage angst. It also features ultimate teen goth romance anthem, Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart."
I Know What You Did Last Summer
Another '90s classic, I Know What You Did Last Summer is the quintessential teenage mystery film that set the stage for so many other coming-of-age mystery-thrillers to following suit. Starring four of the era's icons, (Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr., and Ryan Phillippe) this hot summer movie tells the story of four teenagers who are threatened to be exposed for a crime they committed, you guessed it, the summer before.