Posted on 4/18/11 04:47 PM
"Goth" marks the one instance in history where I've seen something and wanted to be watching "Ben & Arthur" instead. And it's no coincidence that movie should come to mind; this is also an ineptly made Z-movie with a 'message'. But whereas "Ben & Arthur" was attempting to give the audience (did it have such a thing?) a decent message about homophobia and bigotry, and ending up executing it badly, "Goth" gives a malicious message done in a malicious manner.
As the title very well implies, "Goth" is focused on Goth characters, and what story we get revolves around a Goth chick named Goth (dohoho get it?) who leads a Goth couple into the underbelly of the culture, with plenty of rape and blood on the way to show them the way to be 'really Goth' and not just 'poseurs' (basically, one of the asinine arguments you read on the comment section of a Marilyn Manson video on YouTube, but in movie form).
It views the Goth subculture through the lens of someone who's never met a Goth, never talked to a Goth, never met someone who's met a Goth, never talked to someone who otherwise vicariously had contact with a Goth, never been on a bus with a Goth, never looked up Goth on Wikipedia, and probably gets all their Goth information from a 'Focus on the Family' newsletter.
No pause is taken to examine the good and the bad qualities of the subculture in any mature, thoughtful or insightful manner; the plot (and we're using that word liberally) is simply a perpetual descent into ugly, brutal shock tactics with a few minor semblances of a story. So what's the point of this? It's not scary as a horror movie or thrilling as a thriller, so I-along with the few others who were unfortunate enough to see it-would have to come to the conclusion that this is just a remarkably one-sided attack on the Goth subculture. This movie goes out of its way to point out that people like Goth (tee-hee) are what 'real Goths' are like, and that any self-proclaimed Goth person who does anything less than kill, rape, torture and 'embrace the darkness' [by the way, did the filmmakers take that phrase from a MySpace page or something? Because they can't seem to get enough of it] is fooling themselves.
Back to reality, however, and contrary to the film's paranoid fantasy, I would assume most people who adopt the Gothic style are using it as just that-a style. Most of them will never likely commit significant crimes of mass murder and sadism like we see here, an are unlikely to project a twisted philosophy onto it.
There's a twist ending in the last five minutes that confirms my theory that this movie panders to (and was made by) people who are irrationally frightened by this subculture.