5 Horror Movies Similar to El Conde (2023) to Stream on Netflix, Max & More

5 Horror Movies Similar to El Conde (2023) to Stream on Netflix, Max & More
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Lace up for some top-notch gothic horror.

The new Netflix horror, which premiered on Netflix on September 15, has certainly found its audience and has become a great way to start this spooky season.

The story of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet reimagined as an ancient vampire is deeply allegorical and darkly comic. Its monochromatic palette and eerie atmosphere certainly exude a strong gothic vibe.

If El Conde put you in a gloom mood you'd like to maintain this Halloween season, here are five movies that will help.

Dracula (1931)

Prime Video

If you have a soft spot for movies like El Conde, it makes sense to check out the classics that inspired many of them. Tod Browning's black-and-white film about the most famous vampire of all time is based not only on Bram Stoker's legendary novel, but also on a 1924 stage play.

Even after all these years and numerous adaptations, Bela Lugosi remains one of the best Draculas out there.

The Pale Blue Eye (2022)


Scott Cooper's mystery-thriller, based on eponymous Louis Bayard's novel, features the king of gothic horror, Edgar Allan Poe, himself. Played by Harry Melling, Poe is introduced as a cadet helping veteran, troubled detective Augustus Landor (Christian Bale) investigate a mysterious death.

The tone and mood of the film, set in 1830, is wonderfully spine-chilling and Poe-esque.

Crimson Peak (2015)

Netflix, Starz

One of the best examples of the genre is Guillermo del Toro's gothic flick set in the early 20th century and starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, and Tom Hiddleston.

Though the story of a young budding writer who marries and moves in with a mysterious English baronet and his sister is a bit simplistic, it does a great job of chilling your blood with its eerie, haunted mansion atmosphere.

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Max, 4OD, Stan

What would the world of gothic horror be without Tim Burton's projects? Set in 1799 and filmed at the end of the 20th century, the story of Johnny Depp's big city police constable who comes to the small town to investigate a series of beheadings still feels relevant and creepy.

The ultimate Halloween movie that only gets better on rewatch.

The Woman in Black (2012)

Paramount Plus, Disney Plus, Stan

Daniel Radcliffe plays a young lawyer who arrives at a haunted house to settle the affairs of his deceased client. There, he encounters a vengeful ghost terrorizing the locals and plunges into its history.

The movie is a fresh take on the gothic genre, playing with forms. It has a beautiful aesthetic, a hair-raising environment, a unique use of sound, and of course a very good performance by Radcliffe.

Are you a gothic horror fan?