Spinechillers, Darkness, and a Walk Down Memory Lane (At Midnight with a Bunch of Goths)
By May-Lee Sia
Hearken ye who walk amongst the Shadows, unafraid of the darkness that lies within!
“Goths” is an episode from the short-lived BBC series Spinechillers (2003), which attempted a slightly wonky blend of comedy and horror. As a card-carrying ex-goth who still likes to whip out the fishnets every now and again, this episode was a definite guilty pleasure and a walk down memory lane. Who hasn’t spent at least one sweaty teenage night awash in the smoke of clove cigarettes, longingly swaying to industrial 80s beats spun by a DJ with a name like DJ Nightshade, or DJ Lucius, or DJ Necrofucker?
Grishnack of Mall, played by Mackenzie Crook, is an adorable baby goth who, along with Tim (Tim Plester, and “more of an industrialist, really” than a goth) scour some place in gothy England (waaaay more goth than Tampa), in search of romance, acceptance and a shared flat that Tim’s mom can afford. They meet potential future landlord Balfus, brilliantly realized by Mark Heap, who presents them with a flat (which is, by the way, British for “apartment” and therefore very goth!) supposedly previously inhabited by Jeffrey Dahmer... or was it the BRITISH Jeffrey Dahmer, Dennis Nilsen?
(Read more in Network Awesome Mag)