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movie poster for Gothika
Directed by Mathieu Kassovitz
Produced by Joel Silver
Susan Levin
Written by Sebastian Gutierrez
Starring Halle Berry
Robert Downey Jr.
Charles S. Dutton
John Carroll Lynch
Bernard Hill
Penelope Cruz
Music by John Ottman
Lior Rosner
Cinematography Matthew Libatique
Editing by Yannick Kergoat
Studio Dark Castle Entertainment
Distributed by North America/Japan:
Warner Bros. Pictures
Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) November 21, 2003
Running time 98 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget US$40 million (estimated)
Gross revenue $141.5m (worldwide)

Gothika is a 2003 American horror/psychological supernatural thriller directed by Mathieu Kassovitz and written by Sebastian Gutierrez. Halle Berry plays a psychiatrist in a women's mental hospital who wakes up one day to find herself on the other side of the bars, accused of having murdered her husband.

The film was first released on November 13, 2003 in the United States and later in 2004 outside of North America. At the time of its release, Gothika was the most successful film from Dark Castle Entertainment with $161 million.



Psychiatrist Dr. Miranda Grey works at a mental hospital and has a car accident after trying to avoid a girl on a road during a stormy night, while driving back home. She rushes to try to help the girl. The girl turns out to in fact be a ghost, and possesses Miranda's body by burning her after she extends her hand to the girl. Miranda loses consciousness.

Miranda next wakes up in the very hospital she works for, but as a patient treated by her co-worker, Dr. Pete Graham (Robert Downey, Jr.). Drugged and confused, she remembers nothing of what happened after the car accident. To her horror, she learns that her husband Douglas was brutally murdered and that she is the primary suspect.

While Miranda copes with her new life in the hospital, the ghost uses her body to carry out messages (most noticeably, she carves the words "not alone" into Miranda's arm) which leads her former colleagues to believe Miranda is suicidal and is inflicting the wounds on herself.

Meanwhile, Miranda bonds with one of her former patients who is now her fellow inmate, Chloe Sava. Several times in sessions, Chloe had claimed that she'd been raped while in the hospital, but Miranda had always attributed these stories to mental illness. One night, the door to Miranda's room in the hospital is opened by the ghost that has been haunting her. When she passes Chloe's room in the hospital, she can hear the rape occurring and momentarily sees a man's chest pressed against the window. The man's chest bears a tattoo of an Anima Sola. Miranda realizes that Chloe was not making up these stories, and when she sees Chloe the next day, she apologizes, and the two embrace. Chloe warns Miranda her attacker said he was going to target Miranda next.

Miranda begins regaining some of her memories bit by bit, and slowly comes to remember herself killing her husband. She realizes that the ghost had used her body to murder Douglas, thus making Miranda the patsy for Doug's murder. This is why all of the physical evidence points to Miranda.

Miranda escapes the hospital, having recognized the girl as a ghost. Seeking clues to the mystery of why she killed her husband, she goes to a farmhouse in Willow Creek, Rhode Island. In the cellar of the barn she discovers a room containing a blood-stained bed, what appears to be a box containing injectable drugs, restraints, and video equipment. She watches the tape that is still in the camera and the viewer hears a woman screaming as if tortured or raped. In the final seconds of the video, Douglas walks into the shot, covers a woman's lifeless body on the bed with a sheet, and winks at the camera. At this point, police arrive, and one officer comes closer to Miranda and draws a gun to her while she is holding a knife to him. Miranda backs up to a stair case, and all of a sudden a pair of hands are seen coming from between the stairs, and they wrap around Miranda. The hands belong to an injured, frantically screaming girl trapped in the crawlspace behind the stair case. The police release the girl, and Miranda is taken to jail.

While waiting in jail, Sheriff Ryan, who was Douglas' closest friend, talks to Miranda, and quizzes her on how she knew all these things. He does not believe her claim that ghosts told her everything, and asks her what sort of person the accomplice would be. Miranda uses her experience as a psychiatrist to give a psychological profile, and as she does so realizes that the sheriff fits the profile perfectly. He attacks Miranda and in the fight reveals his tattoo. Miranda kills the sheriff in an act of self defense, with the help of the ghost.

After proving their innocence and sanity, Miranda and Chloe are released from the asylum a few months later. Miranda claims to be free of the ghost's influence, but finds that she has become a medium and still sees ghosts, one as a young boy standing in the middle of the road. As she walks away, a poster is seen with the words "Have you seen Tim?" and a picture of the same boy.



Film score by John Ottman
Released November 18, 2003
Genre Soundtracks
Film scores
Length 49:51
Label Varese Sarabande

The score's original music was composed by John Ottman. "Behind Blue Eyes" by Limp Bizkit was also featured in the film but was not available on a soundtrack.

Track listing
  1. Prologue
  2. Miranda's Theme
  3. Remembering Rachel
  4. Final Escape
  5. Road Block/First Contact
  6. An Affair?
  7. First Escape
  8. One Of Us/The Shower
  9. Willow Creek
  10. Recollections
  11. The House/Dream
  12. I'm The Mirror/Not Alone
  13. Revelation
  14. You're Next
  15. I See Dead Kids

Box Office

Gothika was released on November 21, 2003 in North American and Canada, grossing $19,288,438 in the opening weekend and ranking at #2. It went on to gross $59.6m in the domestic market and $81.8 from foreign markets for a worldwide total of $141.5m. In comparison with the film's $40m budget, the film was a financial success.[1]



2004 Teen Choice Awards

  • Choice Movie Actress - Drama/Action Adventure - Halle Berry


2004 Black Reel Awards

2004 Kids Choice Awards

  • Best Favorite Actress

2004 Golden Trailer Award

  • Best Horror/Thriller

2004 Image Awards

2004 MTV Movie Awards

2004 Teen Choice Awards

  • Choice Movie – Thriller


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Simple English

Gothika is a film with Halle Berry in it.

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