At a Swiss villa on the night of June 16, 1816, Lord Byron (Gabriel Byrne); Percy Bysshe Shelley (Julian Sands); his 19-year-old mistress, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (soon to be Shelley) (Natasha Richardson); her half-sister, Claire Clairmont; and Byron's personal physician, Dr. John
Polidori, gathered to invent ghost stories. That evening, two classics of gothic horror literature were born: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
and Polidori's The Vampyre
, the latter an influential precursor to Bram Stoker's Dracula
. In GOTHIC, this historic occasion is transformed into a deranged
sex-and-blood orgy of cinematic excess by the Bacchus of filmmaking himsel...