And as a show of sincerity that I was not trying to be a class clown in recommending Batman (1989)
as a source of stylistic inspiration, here is a springboard of discussion for further possible IN GENRE sources of inspiration:NovelsNorthanger Abbey
(Jane Austen): Yes, that
Jane Austen. Even though not strictly speaking a horror-yarn, Northanger Abbey
exaggerates, analyzes and deconstructs the tropes of what the "Gothic" atmosphere is, through the eyes of a very impressionable 18th century English Girl on her visist to an "old dark house" of a "creepy" old relative on a summer vacaton. Food for thought.A Christmas Carol
and Oliver Twist
(Charles Dickens): Charles Dickens, the master of post-medieval urban decay; really rubs the salt in the wounds of how dirty 19th century Europe was. And if you thougth Doctor Jekyll/Mister Hyde was a scary human monster, you have not met the thug William "Bill" Sykes yet..... (shivers)Tale of the White Snake
(Classic Chinese Novel): A white-snake spirit who is about to ascend to Godhood through one-thousand years of kind deeds suddenly falls in love with a human and marries him: The trouble is, the racist and xenophobic monk/monster-hunter Fa-Hai would have none of that, and would go to monstrous lengths (including flooding the town the lovers lived in) to tear them apart. Not only a literary classic, but a must read for players of the "Exotic" and "Hunter" class. Give the film adaptations Green Snake
and Jet Li's Fa Hai, The Sorcerer and The White Snake
a look as well.Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner:
Chronicling the journey through the oceans of purgatory of our titular old-salt, whom in slaying the sacred Albatross in a moment of malicious jest brought the wrath of ancient spirits upon his crew. Contains THE iconic description of undead-sailors in literature, not to mention eerie yet oddly heartwarming and beautiful scenes of benevolent ghosts and restless dead given transcendence. Definitive "Ocean Gothic."Film:Mimic:
Ah, the cavernous sewer: Forgotten warrens of forgotten past glory built on top of decayed former splendor. As usual, Del Toro is the go-to fella for modern stylstic gothic. And oh yes, for the claustrophobia and the nerve shredding terror of being chased at high speeds in tiny tunnels by gargoyle like giant man-insects too!!Evil Dead (The FIRST film):
Since TA and TG is "street level" by default, this is a humbling reminder to the players of how vulnerable an band ordinary human being is when played like a violin by the sadistic whims of a malevolent and omnipotent ancient evil. Deliverance:
Another humbling reminder of how harsh the cosequences of combat can be when you are trapped in the dark, dark woods with dwindling resources and NO Magical-Healing, with the monster (Hillbillies, in this case) hell-bent on catching you and tearing you apart.AnimeWhen Cicadas Cry:
A deliciously creepy supernatural-murder mystery set in the seemingly peaceful countryside of 1980's Japan, told through multiple prespectives, each 4 episodes. The first 2 are lighthearted and even at times slapstick, to lull you into a false sense of security.... and THEN just like David Lynch's Twin Peaks
, it plunges you headfirst into the dark murky depths of pscyhological and visceral horror; NOT for the faint of heart or weak of stomach. The
must see source for "Peaceful Small Town with dark and ugly secret underbelly" story of the 21st century.Kindaichi Files:
Again, weekly Detective Murder Mystery. Aside from drawing heavily on richly Gothic Motiffs and atmosphere (the Tarot/Horror Movie/Literature inspired masked murderers and their modus operandi in particular), it is a PRIME source of how to weave a convoluted and believable murder mystery. Again, for the strong of stomach and heart.
Objections? Agreement? Hopefully a springboard of discussion of what "Gothic" is!!
Next Up: Musical Inspirations.
Got to feed the cat first.
Pats RevTurkey on the shoulder
Don't worry, you're an okay fella!!
Hope to meet you at a Game Con one day.