Spooky, Gothic and Romantic Costume Dramas for All Hallows Eve | 20 Dramas to Enjoy!

October 25, 2016 8 Comments

Halloween isn’t a holiday I personally pay any attention to nor has it been one I’ve celebrated. That said, one way I acknowledge the day is by indulging in Gothic or spooky period dramas. This is a pastime I am familiar with and very fond of. Nonetheless, talking about spooky and romantic period dramas is always fun!

20 Period Dramas Perfect for All Hallows Eve: Spooky and Romantic Period Dramas for All Hallows Eve | 20 Dramas to Enjoy! All text © Rissi JC

Below I share a few of them you’ll find on the list for your reading pleasure in one neat little collection. See this List in its Entirety on Silver Petticoat Review →


20 Spooky and Romantic Period Dramas for All Hallows Eve

Listed in Alphabetical Order

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1. And Then There Were None (2015)

Photo: BBC | Stream And Then There Were None on Acorn TV.

3. Crimson Peak

Photo: Legendary | Rent Crimson Peak Amazon Video.

4. Death Comes to Pemberley

Photo: BBC | Rent Death Comes to Pemberley on Amazon Video.

TV SERIES REVIEW | Death Comes to Pemberley

5. Dracula Untold

Photo: Universal Pictures | Rent Dracula Untold on Amazon Video.

7. The Illusionist

Photo: 20th Century Fox | Buy The Illusionist on DVD.

10. The Lady Vanishes

20 Period Dramas Perfect for All Hallows Eve: Spooky and Romantic Period Dramas for All Hallows Eve | 20 Dramas to Enjoy! All text © Rissi JC

Photo: BBC | Buy The Lady Vanishes on Amazon Video.

11. The Making of a Lady

Photo: ITV | Rent The Making of a Lady on Amazon Video.

14. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab

Photo: Burberry Productions / ABC | Purchase The Mystery of a Hansom Cabon DVD.

FILM REVIEW | The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (2012) – A Gothic Romance Set in Australia!

16. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

20 Period Dramas Perfect for All Hallows Eve: Spooky and Romantic Period Dramas for All Hallows Eve | 20 Dramas to Enjoy! All text © Rissi JC

Photo: Sony Pictures

FILM REVIEW | Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: This is the (Fun!) One They Fight In

17. Red Riding Hood

20 Period Dramas Perfect for All Hallows Eve: Spooky and Romantic Period Dramas for All Hallows Eve | 20 Dramas to Enjoy! All text © Rissi JC

Photo: Warner Bros.

FILM REVIEW | Red Riding Hood: A Deceptive and Dark Fairy Tale

20. Van Helsing**

20 Period Dramas Perfect for All Hallows Eve: Spooky and Romantic Period Dramas for All Hallows Eve | 20 Dramas to Enjoy! All text © Rissi JC

Photo: Universal | Rent Van Helsing on Amazon Video.


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There’s our list of 20 Spooky and Romantic Period Dramas Perfect for All Hallows Eve (at least for now!). I’m curious: what spooky, Gothic, dramatic or romantic films do you enjoy watching over All Hallow’s Eve?? I’d love to read your recommendations! Comment down below with your thoughts.

**UPDATE: Since its original publication, I’ve watched this film, and am conflicted. It’s a “fun” sci-fi film that’s mostly humorous but it quickly dips into a dark “darkness” (does this make sense!?) that doesn’t fit the tone. Someday I might review it. Or I might not. Thoughts!?

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  • Jordan @ForeverLostinLiterature October 25, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    This post is absolutely perfect in every possible way! I love period dramas, so for that matter alone this list is awesome, but I also love things to get me in the mood for Halloween! I loved Maleficent and BBC's And Then There Were None! I hope to check out a lot of these others one on your list as well. :)

    • Rissi October 26, 2016 at 4:34 am

      Hi, Jordan. Thanks! I had fun putting this one together. Like you, I adore period dramas. There's something about them that never ceases to enchant me.

      I thought And Then There Were None was masterful albeit VERY disturbing. The production quality was off the charts good. Plus it helped that "Poldark" was a part of the cast. ;) Maleficent is wonderful; Angelina is fantastic in the titular role.

      Thanks so much for visiting – and let me know if you enjoy any of these others! :)

  • Kara Lynn October 26, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    I'm personally a HUGE Maleficent and Jane Eyre and now you have me interested in some more spooky watches. Thanks for doing this post-I'm going to have to check some of these out Rissi.

    • Rissi October 27, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      Hi, Kara! My pleasure! I enjoy putting these together, but maybe don't do enough "list" type posts. I'm trying to figure out what kinds of things do well (i.e., readers like) and what doesn't work as well. :)

      Hope you find some new costume dramas to enjoy. Some of these are spookier than others. Then there are some (like 'Hansom Cab') more along the lines of Jane Eyre.

  • Carrie October 26, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    I love The Illusionist! One of my faves!

    • Rissi October 27, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      Mine too, Carrie! It's a BEAUTIFUL film that is, in my opinion, way better than The Prestige. :)

  • Kara December 12, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Lots of creepy sounding ones on this list for sure! I haven't seen most of them, but…Yay for P&P&Z!! :D Plus I remember being impressed with the storyline for The Illusionist. Definitely an excellently acted movie. And Death Comes to Pemberley!

    • Rissi December 13, 2016 at 5:49 pm

      That there are! Some are creepier than others, so hopefully this list has a little something for everyone. (My most recent "Creepy" discovery is The Living and the Dead. Have one episode left, and I fear it won't end well.)

      All the heart eyes for PP&ZMovie. Love that one. The Illusionist is SO good. But it's been a while since I watched it. And of course, you know I adore 'Pemberley.' :)

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