New England Gothic, like other manifestations of the American Gothic, encompasses supernatural and explained phenomena, ghosts, witches, and monsters as well as inbred families, guilty secrets, and monsters in human shape. New England’s Gothic history, folklore, and literature combine nostalgia for a medieval or colonial golden age with the stronger belief that from the past comes horror and evil. Stephen King, the exemplar of Gothic New England since the 1970s, continues the tradition of collecting and rewriting supernatural legends begun by Cotton Mather and John Greenleaf Whittier. Nineteenth-century authors such as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Harriet Beecher Stowe immortalized the region’s Gothic past. In the twentieth century, Rhode Island’s H. P. Lovecraft peopled the landscape with hybrid monsters and the reanimated dead. For these writers, seventeenth-century Puritans stand in for the Middle Ages of the first Gothic Revival.
I will admit, even being the horror film junkie I am, I saw the remake before seeing the original and I wish I had not. I feel like i would have loved it a lot more if it was original to me. Regardless it is a great film and I like the whole inbred family look way more than the mutant freaks like in the remake.
Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)
This movie is actually the first horror film to feature a killer scarecrow. This is one of my favorite horror films of all time, it’s just such a great movie. I don’t even want to spoil anything about it because if you haven’t seen it you need to.
Chopping Mall (1986)
I first watched this movie on HBO I think. I think I was around 9 years old when I saw it, and I fell in love with this movie. I watched it at any chance I could. For some reason I am obsessed with horror movies or movies in general that are set in a mall. This being my favorite. Plus it features the second best head explosion in a horror film with Scanners being the best.