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Going Gothic

With the release of 'Beautiful Creatures,' 10 other classic Southern Gothic films

By Glenn Kenny
Special to MSN Movies

Untamed passions. The scent of wisteria wafting off the bayou. Corn whiskey. Decaying mansions attached to long-defunct plantations. And untamed passions. Lots and lots of untamed passions. Such are the ingredients of the Southern Gothic tale. The genre has not exactly been a high-volume concern as of late, but the new movie "Beautiful Creatures," written and directed by Richard LaGravenese from a novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, with its intimations of dark family secrets and its supernatural undercurrents, represents a slight return, albeit in somewhat young-adult form (the movie's main characters are teens). Most of the Southern Gothic greats in cinema are pretty mature, if not slightly cracked, in subject matter and tone. Here's a look at 10 of the most distinctive.

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(Warner Bros. Pictures)