If you’re looking for romantic Regency movies without even a second of blood (looking at you, Emma 2020 nosebleed haters) then this is not the list for you.
But if you *are* an Austen fan in need of some Gothic goodies, here’s the list for you.
There are two adaptations that I’ve seen, and I highly recommend watching the 2007 version if you are in the mood for a light-hearted frolic through the season, and 1972 version if you want something completely overly dramatic, off-the-rails, and inexplicable. (There is a bath scene I have major production budget questions about.)
Sure, Mary may have pubbed after Austen’s time, but her life starts well before Austen would have died, and her works are inextricably tied to the Regency era, and the influence of her mother. Check this out for gothic, moody Romantics.
Why was this made? One may never know, but it is a bizarre retelling of the events at Lake Geneva. Warning: If a certain scene in Trainspotting disturbs you then this is probs gonna be something you hate.
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
A mess. Make a strong drink for this chaotic ride. Some people really hated this when it came out, while others admit it is perhaps the most book accurate adaptation around. You decide where you stand with this one.
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994): rent/buy here
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
If you haven’t experienced it yet, trust me, it’s better than the book by the same name. There’s a sexy proposal sword fight, perhaps the best Mr. Collins of all the adaptations and Lady C has an eyepatch.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016): rent/buy here
Death Comes to Pemberley
Murder has come to our favorite OTP. Will this tear apart the foundation of their relationship?
What We Do in the Shadows
This is both a movie and TV show and my god, it is hilarious and good. There are Georgian vamps in both, enjoy both of this ASAP.
What We Do in the Shadows film(2015): rent/buy here
What We Do in the Shadows tv show (2019): Streaming on Hulu or rent/buy here
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Magic and mystery, set in the Regency era but not. It very much does its own thing as its an alternate universe, but it’s still pretty fascinating.
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (2015): Streaming on Vudu or rent/buy here
Embrace the moodiness of the season, hold your own story-telling competition and then give this a watch.
Byron (2003): rent/buy here
I cannot actually recommend this one. The book was GOD AWFUL and I can only imagine from the trailer that it is horrendous.
The Monk (2013): Streaming on CONtv or rent/buy here
Brotherhood of the Wolf
I haven’t been able to watch this yet, but I have wanted to. It looks dramatic AF and the costumes are very cool looking.
Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001): Streaming on Vudu or rent/buy here
So this movie very much involves Regency-inspired costumes and that’s why it’s here. It’s a fun ride and a fun adaptation inspired by a ride.
Haunted Mansion (2003): Streaming on Disney+ or rent/buy here
What are you favorite Regency/Halloween movies to put on?
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