Unit 8
5 • Fictions and realities

Got(h) away with murder

How is reality used as a fear factor in modern gothic fiction?

IDIOM of the week!

Give someone the creeps

Give someone the creeps

Also used with “the willies”. It alludes to a sensation of something crawling on one’s skin. Charles Dickens used it in David Copperfield (1849) to describe a physical ailment: “She was constantly complaining of the cold, and of its occasioning a visitation in her back, which she called ‘the creeps’”. But soon after it was used to describe fear and loathing.

Justine Wadell in Dracula 2001, by Patrick Lussier, 2000.

Brainstorming questions

Do you like scary stories?

Do you agree with the common belief that “films are scarier than books”?

Your final project

You are a gothic expert and you review a short length gothic film.

Let's learn!

Memory game

For three minutes, memorise words from the mind map. Then make three sentences using words from at least three of the boxes.

On your way to the task - Step 1

Write the synopsis of a future gothic TV series.
Activity 1
Activity 2
Voir les réponses

a. Watch the video. What did you like and dislike in it?
b. Would you participate in this project? Why?
Workbook p. 61

Discuss the brainstorming questions.

Read the idiom of the week below. With the help of the photo and the note, rephrase it in your own words and give examples.

Retrouvez une banque d'audios et de vidéos authentiques en lien avec cette thématique.

Step 2

Interview a gothic series director.
Activity 3
Activity 4

Gothic stories

  • drizzle / rain / downpour /ˈdaʊnˌpɔː/ (n.)
  • fog / mist (n.)
  • gale /ˈgɛɪl/ / wind (n.)
  • hail (n.)
  • sleet / snow (n.)
  • storm (n.)

  • groan / growl (v.)
  • shout / scream (v.)
  • shriek /ʃriːk/ (v.)
  • sob / cry / howl (v.)
  • wail / whine (v.)

  • beast / monster (n.)
  • demon (n.)
  • devil /ˈdɛvl/ (n.)
  • ghost /gəʊst/ (n.)
  • ghoul /guːl/ (n.)
  • vampire /ˈvæmpaɪə/ (n.)
  • villain (n.)
  • witch (n.)
  • zombie (n.)

  • agony / affliction / concern / worry (n.)
  • fear / terror / scare / fright / panic (n.)
  • shock (n.)
  • sorrow / grief / melancholy (n.)
  • surprise / astonishment / wonder (n.)
  • anger / fury / wrath (v.)

  • castle (n.)
  • cell (n.)
  • cemetery / graveyard /ˈgrɛɪvjɑːd/ (n.)
  • den (n.)
  • estate (n.)
  • manor / mansion /ˈmænʃən/ (n.)

  • appalling /əˈpɔːlɪŋ/ (adj.)
  • ghastly /ˈgɑːstlɪ/ / grisly / horrid (adj.)
  • ghoulish /ˈguːlɪʃ/ (adj.)
  • grim / dark (adj.)
  • gruesome /ˈgruːsəm/ / repelling (adj.)
  • macabre /məˈkɑːbrə/ (adj.)
  • tremendous / enormous (adj.)
Gothic stories

Step 3

Read a gothic excerpt out loud.
Activity 5
Activity 6

Get ready!

Voir les réponses
Look at the vocabulary boxes below. Find titles for each box.
Look at the picture above. Describe the character with as many words from the mind map as possible.
b. Guess who this character might be and imagine his story.

c. Do you know Tim Burton's work? Do you like it? Search the Internet to find information about him.



  • dishevelled /dɪˈʃɛvəld/ → messy (clothes or hair ) (adj.)
  • gaunt /ˈgɔːnt/ / lanky / scrawny /ˈskrɔːnɪ/ (adj.) → excessively thin
  • abandoned house (n.)
  • mural / street art (n.)

Edward Scissorhands
Edward Scissorhands, David Lozano, 2017.
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