It’s World Goth Day every year on the 22nd of May and this year we thought we’d celebrate the culture of Goth by looking at the top five movies you can watch to get you in the mood and inspire you to get involved!
The Lost Boys (1987)
Vampires. They are the biggest gothic trope you think of. We cannot celebrate World Goth day without a nod to the ultimate goth inspiration! Before Twilight and the Vampire Diaries, the teenage vampire heartthrob film was The Lost Boys. This film set out to be a fun, goonies style adventure but became R rated very quickly with a house being flooded with blood and someone being electrocuted until they exploded. All set to MTV-style cinematography and a, then very popular, 80s soundtrack this film became a cult classic. Grab your bandanas, biker jackets and a bottle of wine (or should we say blood?) to get into character!
Get the Lost Boys look:
The Lost Boys Cosplay we love:
Fun film fact: The movie was a big influence on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Even the phrase “Vamp out” was taken from it.
Tim Burton really knows how to appeal to our gothic side. As a director of many macabre masterpieces, Beetlejuice is certainly one with the most memorable, in terms of costumes. From the iconic suit worn by Beetlejuice himself to Lydia Deetz, played by Wynona Ryder with her oversized sun hat and red wedding dress. There are so many influences to take from this film, some of which have trickled down into pop culture, for example, back in 2013, Robin Thicke channeled a very Beetlejuice-esque look during his ‘Blurred Lines’ performance with Miley Cyrus at the VMAs. How about gender bending the style and grabbing a pin-striped jacket and skirt to become a female BeetleJuice?
Get the Beetlejuice look:
Beetlejuice and Lydia Deetz cosplays we love:
Fun film fact: In the wedding scene, Lydia’s dress is a bright red. According to the old rhyme about wedding dress colors, it’s “Married in red, better off dead.”
The Addams Family (1991)
The Addams family is one of TV and Cinema’s greatest goth idols. This delightfully dysfunctional family captured our hearts and inspired us to celebrate being morbid (in the most ironic way). From Morticia Addams’ long, elegant black floor length gowns to Wednesday Addams’ peter pan collared dress, cute black mary-jane shoes and braids, Wednesday really had the whole gothic doll look down to a T! Her sassy attitude and icy cold stare make her one of the most popular creepy girls in the gothic genre!
Get Wednesday Addams look by braiding one of our black wigs and teaming it with some striped tights:
Wednesday Addams cosplay we love:
Film fun fact: The name Wednesday is a reference to the line in the Mother Goose poem that goes, “Wednesday’s child is full of woe.”
The Crow (1994)
Crack out the leather trousers and Matrix style jackets! All black and ready to seek revenge, Eric Draven, played by the late Brandon Lee is a ruthless messiah, brought back from the dead to exact hell upon those who killed in fiancee. Skin tight clothes are a must but a guitar is optional!
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The Crow cosplays that we love:
The Craft (1996)
So far we’ve covered vampires, the undead and lastly we have teenage witches. Imagine mean girls, but with powers. This iconic film turned 20 this year! Its 90’s fashion is still so relevant today. Dog collars, suspenders and thigh high socks make up much of the wardrobe in this film. Just take an afternoon raiding Camden lock market and you’d find everything you’d need, sans the spell book!
Get the Nany Downs look:
Nancy Downs cosplays we love:
Fun film fact: This film is celebrating its 20th year and there are also rumours of a sequel!