The House Gets Top Billingby fourcallmemom2010 | created - 24 Jul 2014 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public
Gothic movies in which the setting (usually a house or mansion) functions as a character.
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1. The Others (2001)
PG-13 | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A woman who lives in her darkened old family house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that the home is haunted.
Votes: 313,767 | Gross: $96.52M
This is the only movie I "solved" faster than my husband--who is a bit of a whiz at ruining movie endings! I'll never forget that obsessive door-shutting, which was what gave it away for me.
2. House of Good and Evil (2013)
Not Rated | 108 min | Horror, Thriller
After a family tragedy in the chaotic city, Chris and Maggie Conley, in a last-ditch effort to save their dying marriage, purchase an isolated home in the deepest woods, to which they quickly discover evil has a key.
Votes: 7,934 | Gross: $0.56M
I love the psychological element in this movie's resolution. Also, the gothic movies in which the heroine is renovating or repairing the house, rather than just inhabiting it, fascinate me. The house problem at the movies beginning is that the young couple wish to restore the large country home as a single family residence, but there are still tenants on the other side of the duplex. In the meantime, they must make do. There's crone imagery employed in the elderly neighbor, and the threatening male force that encloses the heroine in the house appears to be her aging yet abusive husband. The tale employs powerful water imagery in a nearby stream where the heroine goes to swim in a clear use of baptism imagery.
5. Forbidden Secrets (2005 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 88 min | Thriller, Drama, Mystery
While going through a difficult divorce from her domineering, businessman husband, Alexandra moves back into her old childhood home, where she's forced to re-examine the circumstances ... See full summary »
The myth of the murdering mother drives the plot of this tale in which a young woman who thinks she is psychologically troubled finds the answers to her past's mysteries while renovating her family home. Another gothic tale employing the theme of renovation, which I love. I also loved the jewelry as a symbol of family trouble/truth, passed down through generations. The water imagery is powerful in this one as the girl's attempted murder took place in the pool. And the cleric in this movie might be seen as the psychiatrist. There's also a lost object: the hidden room concealing the object of the heroine's quest.
6. The Conjuring (2013)
R | 112 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.
Votes: 397,703 | Gross: $137.40M
I prefer gothic tales that end with self-discovery rather than the defeat of a monster, but I do appreciate that these two plot points can be used interchangeably (save discovery can require the defeat of an inner monster, etc). When reading a movie's symbols, then, I don't mind gothic house tales in which the house has a monster or is one. This is one of those. The central problem involves the murdering mother, and the cleric role is played, in a way, by the ghost hunters who save the day. This house, too, is located near water. The basement and close crawl spaces are important in this plot, too.
7. The Presence (2010)
PG-13 | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
A woman travels to an isolated cabin she begins to think she is losing her mind when her boyfriend comes to stay.
Water imagery introduces this story which takes place in a remote cabin on an island. A young woman must forgive her father before she will be able to embrace love and a new family of her own. There's powerful guardian angel/devil imagery here, and there is also a gothic hero (the young man she's trying to love). Jewelry imagery gets employed here as the lost object: the engagement ring that seems to tumble over a cliff. The house imagery is particularly powerful when it involves crawl spaces under the house or the remote outdoor plumbing.
8. A Haunting at Silver Falls (2013)
Not Rated | 96 min | Horror, Thriller
A small town is haunted by the twin daughters of a wrongfully convicted man. Young Jordan is sent down the path to who the real killer is, only to find the killer is very close to her.
9. Twixt (2011)
R | 88 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
A writer with a declining career arrives in a small town as part of his book tour and gets caught up in a murder mystery involving a young girl. That night in a dream, he is approached by a... See full summary »
11. What Lies Beneath (2000)
PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
The wife of a university research scientist believes that her lakeside Vermont home is haunted by a ghost - or that she is losing her mind.
Votes: 110,515 | Gross: $155.46M
12. Anna (VII) (2013)
R | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A man with the ability to enter people's memories takes on the case of a brilliant, troubled sixteen-year-old girl to determine whether she is a sociopath or a victim of trauma.
Votes: 19,757 | Gross: $0.00M
13. Practical Magic (1998)
PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Two witch sisters, raised by their eccentric aunts in a small town, face closed-minded prejudice and a curse which threatens to prevent them ever finding lasting love.
Votes: 66,220 | Gross: $46.68M
14. Winchester (2018)
PG-13 | 99 min | Biography, Drama, Fantasy
Ensconced in her sprawling California mansion, eccentric firearm heiress Sarah Winchester believes she is haunted by the souls of people killed by the Winchester repeating rifle.
Votes: 24,410 | Gross: $25.09M
15. The Haunting of Hill House (2018– )
TV-MA | 50 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
Flashing between past and present, a fractured family confronts haunting memories of their old home and the terrifying events that drove them from it.
17. Skyfall (2012)
PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
Bond's loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. When MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.
Votes: 592,514 | Gross: $304.36M
18. Delirium (I) (2018)
R | 96 min | Horror, Thriller
A man recently released from a mental institute inherits a mansion after his wealthy parents die. After a series of disturbing events, he comes to believe it is haunted.
19. The Boy (2016)
PG-13 | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
An American nanny is shocked that her new English family's boy is actually a life-sized doll. After she violates a list of strict rules, disturbing events make her believe that the doll is really alive.
Votes: 69,036 | Gross: $35.79M
21. Fragile (2005)
PG-13 | 101 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
At her new job in a rundown children's hospital, a nurse desperately tries to keep her patients safe from a plague of random, mysterious attacks.
24. Oculus (I) (2013)
R | 104 min | Horror, Mystery
A woman tries to exonerate her brother, who was convicted of murder, by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon.
Votes: 107,015 | Gross: $27.70M
25. Don't Breathe (2016)
R | 88 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller
Hoping to walk away with a massive fortune, a trio of thieves break into the house of a blind man who isn't as helpless as he seems.
Votes: 187,115 | Gross: $89.22M
26. Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015)
PG-13 | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A prequel set before the haunting of the Lambert family that reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.
Votes: 83,049 | Gross: $52.22M
27. We Have Always Lived in the Castle (2018)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Merricat, Constance and their Uncle Julian live in isolation after experiencing a family tragedy six years earlier. When cousin Charles arrives to steal the family fortune, he also threatens a dark secret they've been hiding.
Votes: 1,246 | Gross: $4.11M