Halloween Movies for Jane Austen Fans

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.

Northanger Abbey

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.)

Northanger Abbey (2007): Streaming on Masterpiece on Prime or rent/buy here

Nortanger Abbey (1972): Streaming on Britbox or rent/buy here

Mary Shelley

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.

Mary Shelley (2017): Streaming on AMC+ or rent/buy here

Gothic

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.

Gothic (1986): Streaming on BFI Player Classics or rent/buy here

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?

Death Comes to Pemberley (2013): Streaming on Masterpiece or rent/buy here

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

Byron

Embrace the moodiness of the season, hold your own story-telling competition and then give this a watch.

Byron (2003): rent/buy here

The Monk

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

Haunted Mansion

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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