Suburban Gothic (film)

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Suburban Gothic
Suburban Gothic film poster.png
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRichard Bates Jr.
Produced byDylan Hale Lewis
Written byRichard Bates Jr.
Mark Bruner
StarringMatthew Gray Gubler
Kat Dennings
Ray Wise
Music byMichl Britsch
CinematographyLucas Lee Graham
Edited bySteve Ansell
Yvonne Valdez
New Normal Films
Distributed byFilmbuff
Release date
  • July 19, 2014 (2014-07-19) (Fantasia Festival)
  • January 30, 2015 (2015-01-30) (United States)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States

Suburban Gothic is a 2014 American comedy horror film directed by Richard Bates Jr. It had its world premiere on July 19, 2014, at the Fantasia International Film Festival and stars Matthew Gray Gubler as a young man who returns home only to find himself faced with the supernatural.[1] The film was released in select theaters and via video on demand platforms on January 30, 2015.[2]


Unable to find a job that utilizes his new MBA, Raymond (Matthew Gray Gubler) is forced to move back home to live with his parents. His mother Eve (Barbara Niven) is ecstatic about this and can't wait for him to arrive, while his father Donald (Ray Wise) believes Raymond to be a complete and utter disappointment and frequently berates him about this. To make matters worse, it seems that most of his high school classmates stayed in town and none of them are willing to let him forget that he was previously an overweight loser with a belief in the paranormal. Raymond does manage to connect with his former classmate Becca (Kat Dennings), who works as a local bartender. Things take a turn for the strange when the body of a young girl is unearthed in his parents' backyard during some construction, which ends up awakening a spirit intent on harvesting the souls of everyone in the town.



Critical reception for Suburban Gothic has been predominantly positive.[3][4] Frequent elements of praise centered upon the film's acting and script,[5][6] which Film School Rejects cited as a highlight.[7] Shock Till You Drop gave a predominantly positive review, but commented that they would like to see Bates "drop the humor and go right for the throat with a scary haunted house film or supernatural thriller."[8] The Hollywood Reporter was more negative in their review, criticizing it for "[running] out of steam in its second half" and stating that the romance between Gubler and Dennings was unsatisfying and that "The perfunctory resolution to their would-be romance is no more gratifying than a climax in which both spirit-world drama and Raymond's domestic conflict are wrapped up in a single tidy event."[9]

At Screamfest 2014, Gubler received an award for Best Actor for his performance.


  1. ^ MacMahon, Oliver (July 14, 2014). "Watch: Kat Dennings Fails to Seduce John Waters In NSFW Trailer for 'Suburban Gothic'". Indiewire. Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  2. ^ Harvey, Dennis (January 27, 2015). "Film Review: 'Suburban Gothic'". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved February 7, 2016.
  3. ^ Cooper, Patrick. "[Fantasia '14 Review] 'Suburban Gothic' Is An Entertaining House of Horrors!". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  4. ^ Gingold, Michael. ""SUBURBAN GOTHIC" (Fantasia/Screamfest Movie Review)". Fangoria. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  5. ^ Malartre, Jules-Pierre. "Suburban Gothic review". Den of Geek. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  6. ^ Boiselle, Matt. "Suburban Gothic (review)". Dread Central. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  7. ^ Hunter, Rob. "'Suburban Gothic' Review Fantasia 2014: We Can Go Ahead and Cancel 'Ghostbusters 3′ Now". Film School Rejects. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  8. ^ Turek, Ryan. "Fantasia Review: Suburban Gothic Reflects No Sophomore Slump for Richard Bates, Jr". STYD. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  9. ^ DeFore, John. "'Suburban Gothic': Fantasia Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 19 October 2014.

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