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There's something uniquely captivating about immersing oneself in a virtual world that's tinged with a sense of mystery, unease, and stylish darkness. From the eerie atmosphere to the challenging gameplay, these games offer an experience that lingers long after you put down the controller. In this article, I'll be your guide through the realm of must-play dark aesthetic video games, spanning from psychological horrors to atmospheric indies, where the aesthetics are as mesmerizing as the gameplay.

  • #1. The Path (2009)

Kicking off our journey is "The Path," a psychological horror game that reimagines the classic tale of Little Red Riding Hood. This indie gem invites players to explore a hauntingly beautiful forest, each character's path leading to a unique and unsettling experience. The game masterfully weaves a narrative of innocence and darkness, leaving you pondering its implications long after the final scene. If you want to hear a detailed dissection of this game, watch a video on the Izzzyzzz YouTube channel.

  • #2. Silent Hill 4: The Room (2004)

The Silent Hill series is renowned for its atmospheric horror, and "The Room" is a standout entry. It introduces us to the unnerving story of a man trapped in his own apartment, which transforms into a nightmarish realm. With its surreal environments and psychological torment, this game is a must-play for horror enthusiasts.

promo render from the Tomb Raider VI: The Angel of Darkness (2003)

  • #3. Tomb Raider VI: The Angel of Darkness (2003)

The Tomb Raider series took a darker turn with "The Angel of Darkness." With a noir-inspired vibe, the game delves into Lara Croft's struggle for redemption in a gritty urban landscape. Despite its mixed reviews, the game's unique tone and dark atmosphere make it a cult classic worth experiencing. My parents gave me a CD with this game as Ney Yaar's gift, and it's still one of the best gifts I've ever gotten!

  • #4. BioShock (2007)

"BioShock" marries a haunting underwater city with thought-provoking philosophical themes. As you navigate the submerged dystopia, you'll encounter both grotesque and beautiful sights, all while pondering the consequences of unchecked human ambition.

screenshot from the Amnesia: The Dark Descent (2010) video game

  • #5. Amnesia: The Dark Descent (2010)

"Amnesia" is a hallmark of psychological horror, plunging players into a nightmare from which they desperately seek escape. With minimal combat and an emphasis on psychological torment, the game's eerie atmosphere and dread-inducing narrative make it a quintessential dark aesthetic experience.

  • #6. Scorn (2022)

"Scorn" is a surreal and atmospheric experience that feels like stepping into an H.R. Giger painting. With its grotesque organic architecture and disturbing visuals, the game creates an otherworldly experience that's as captivating as it is unsettling. The game will be a nice addition to your Halloween evening after you finish your dark aesthetic movie marathon. 

screen shot from the Resident Evil 7 Biohazard (2017) video game

  • #7. Resident Evil 7 Biohazard (2017)

The Resident Evil series returns to its horror roots with "Biohazard." Set in a dilapidated Louisiana plantation, this game revitalizes the franchise with a first-person perspective and a focus on psychological terror.

  • #8. Cry of Fear (2012)

Born from a Half-Life mod, "Cry of Fear" delivers a psychological horror experience that digs deep into the protagonist's psyche. The game's nightmarish landscapes and emotional depth set it apart in the realm of indie horror.

screenshot from the The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (2011) video game

  • #9. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (2011)

Dark aesthetic elements in video games don't exclusively equate to horror. In "The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings," this notion becomes evident as the game introduces players to a world where shadows dwell even in the most vibrant of cities and the heart of dense forests holds secrets untold. The allure of this game lies not only in its visually captivating settings but also in the intricate interplay of choices that navigate the delicate balance of its morally ambiguous universe. With every decision you make as Geralt of Rivia, the protagonist, you shape not just the story but the very essence of the world around you, creating an immersive experience that transcends the traditional boundaries of dark aesthetics.

  • #10. Dark Souls (2011)

"Dark Souls" isn't just a challenging action RPG; it's a dark and brooding universe that demands your attention. Its interconnected world, cryptic lore, and rewarding difficulty combine to create an experience that's both unforgiving and unforgettable.

Wrapping Up...

In the realm of video games, the allure of the dark aesthetic is undeniable. These titles go beyond surface-level scares, diving deep into our psyche and challenging our perceptions. From indie gems to award-winning masterpieces, these ten games invite you to step into immersive worlds where darkness is a work of art. So, whether you're seeking psychological horror, atmospheric beauty, or intricate storytelling, these must-play dark aesthetic video games promise an experience that will leave a lasting impression.

anya taylor joy in The Witch (2015) movie

As the crisp autumn breeze ushers in the season of falling leaves and pumpkin-spiced everything, there's a certain electrifying anticipation in the air. Halloween approaches, and with it comes the perfect excuse to indulge in some spine-tingling cinematic experiences. For those of us who revel in the darker aspects of this holiday, Halloween isn't just about costumes and candy; it's about embracing the eerie, the macabre, and the unsettling. In this article, I'll take you on a journey through the realm of dark Halloween movies that not only send shivers down your spine but also celebrate the captivating allure of Halloween aesthetics.

  • 1. The Witch (2015)

Kicking off our sinister journey is "The Witch." This period horror piece unravels a tale of a 17th-century New England family grappling with forces beyond their comprehension. The film's unsettling atmosphere and slow-burning tension make it a standout example of a psychological thriller that leaves you with an eerie sense of dread long after the credits roll. I literally watched this movie twice in a day, beguiled by its dark, aesthetic creepiness.

Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman / Selina Kyle
Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman / Selina Kyle

  • 2. Batman Returns (1992)

While superhero movies might not be the first thing that comes to mind for Halloween, "Batman Returns" takes us on a dark and gothic journey into the heart of Gotham City. Tim Burton's signature style infuses this sequel with a chilling ambiance, and the enigmatic Catwoman adds a layer of intrigue to this Halloween classic. By the way, you can rewatch this movie not only during Halloween, but on Christmas as well, as this movie features this festive holiday.

  • 3. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

Guillermo del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth" is a mesmerizing blend of dark aesthetic and historical drama. Set against the backdrop of post-Civil War Spain, this film guides us through the labyrinthine corridors of a young girl's imagination as she faces both the horrors of reality and the enchantments of her fantasies.

Behind the Scenes, The Crow (1994)
Behind the Scenes, The Crow (1994)

  • 4. The Crow (1994)

"The Crow" stands as a somber testament to the late Brandon Lee's legacy. This cult classic follows a man who returns from the dead to avenge his own murder of his fiancée. Its dark themes and gritty visuals make it an ideal choice for a Halloween movie night. The Crow's main protagonist is the classic superhero from the 90s, at least in my mind...I loved this movie when I was a kid and rewatched it numerous times!

  • 5. Shutter Island (2010)

Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island" thrusts us into a psychological labyrinth as two U.S. Marshals investigate the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane. With its mind-bending twists and ominous atmosphere, this film blurs the lines between reality and delusion.

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  • 6. The Craft (1996)

For a dose of '90s witchy nostalgia, "The Craft" delivers a coven of teenage witches who dabble in dark magic. Exploring themes of power, friendship, and the consequences of playing with supernatural forces, this film has earned its place as a cult favorite. Last year I watched this movie for the first time and was stunned by the tasteful, minimalistic usage of SGI and the wonderful cast!

  • 7. Silent Hill (2006)

Based on the popular video game series, "Silent Hill" transports us to a nightmarish town shrouded in fog and inhabited by grotesque creatures. Its unsettling visuals and atmospheric horror contribute to a Halloween-worthy experience.

cosplay of a nurse from the silent hill movie
A nurse from the Silent Hill movie, cosplay 
  • 8. The Fly (1986)

Body horror takes center stage in David Cronenberg's "The Fly." The gradual and horrifying transformation of a scientist into a human-fly hybrid is a grotesque yet captivating exploration of the consequences of unchecked curiosity.

  • 9. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)

"Perfume" takes olfactory obsessions to a disturbing level. This adaptation of Patrick Süskind's novel follows a perfumer's journey to create the ultimate scent, leading him down a path of murder and morbidity. Its unique premise and exploration of the senses make it a darkly intriguing choice for Halloween.

  • 10. The Mist (2007)

Based on a Stephen King novella, "The Mist" maroons a group of people in a supermarket as otherworldly creatures shroud the surrounding area. The film's tension and moral dilemmas make it a thought-provoking addition to our list.


As the nights grow darker and Halloween approaches, our fascination with the eerie and unsettling finds its perfect cinematic companions in these dark Halloween movies. From psychological thrillers to supernatural horrors, these films invite us to explore the inner corners of our imagination and embrace the dark aesthetics that make Halloween so irresistibly haunting. 

So, why not brew some hot apple cider, gather your friends, and embark on a journey into the shadows with these captivating cult classics and creepy tales?

close-up of a blue eye with pastel goth makeup, long lashes and white faux freckles on the skin

I've always been drawn to the dark and mysterious world of goth fashion, but I also love the sweetness and innocence of pastel colors. Pastel goth makeup is the perfect way to combine these two worlds, creating a look that is both edgy and adorable. In this blog post, I'm going to share 15 of my favorite pastel goth makeup looks, inspired by the mid-2000s. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, I'm sure you'll find a look that will take you back in time.

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  • Black Heart on the Cheek and Minty Lips

One of the quintessential elements of pastel goth makeup is the juxtaposition of light and dark. Start with a flawless pastel base and adorn one cheek with a delicate black heart, symbolizing the duality that this style embodies. Complement this look with minty lips – a refreshing twist on the traditional dark lips that will make your pout pop.

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  • Long Lashes and Pastel Lavender Eyebrows

Eyes are the windows to the soul, and pastel goth makeup knows how to frame them enchantingly. Coat your lashes with voluminous mascara, letting them touch your eyeshadow-dusted lids. For a striking contrast, fill in your eyebrows with a soft lavender shade, adding an unexpected yet captivating element to your gaze.

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  • Dusty Lavender Lips and Pale Blue Flick

Create a mesmerizing contrast by adorning your lips with dusty lavender lipstick that screams understated elegance. Enhance your eyes with a delicate flick of pale blue eyeliner, offering a subtle nod to the pastel spectrum while retaining the signature edginess of gothic makeup.

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  • Doll-eye Look with Long Lashes and Pastel Eyebrows

For a look that's equal parts cute and mysterious, go for the doll-eye aesthetic. Use a pale, matte eyeshadow to achieve a wide-eyed appearance. Frame your peepers with dramatic, fluttery lashes and complete the look with pastel-hued eyebrows that add a unique twist to this beloved trend.

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  • Monochrome Pastel Goth Makeup

Monochrome never looked so captivating. Choose your favorite pastel hue – be it pink, blue, or purple – and create an all-encompassing look. From eyeshadow to blush to lipstick, let your chosen shade dominate, punctuated by dark accents that maintain the gothic allure.

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  • Gradient Eyebrows and Natural Eyes

Embrace the gradient trend by blending pastel blue and teal shades for your eyebrows. The transition from a soft pastel color at the inner corner of your brows to a slightly deeper hue at the tails. Pair this with a minimalistic eyeshadow look using neutral tones, letting your gradient eyebrows take the spotlight.

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  • Whimsy Pastels and a Touch of Neon

The next pastel goth look is totally unwearable, but isn't it stunning? I love the mix of pale blue, white, and pastel lavender shades that create these whimsical patterns on the skin. A kind of pastel mermaid, if you please. But the special detail of this look – false neon eyelashes. Use pale, pastel lavender lipstick to complete this look.

pretty selfie of a young woman with pastel goth makeup look inspired by mermaidcore aesthetic

  • Like a Mermaid

Channel the mystique of the mermaidcore aesthetic with this pastel mermaid-inspired makeup. Blend shades of pastel blue and green on your eyelids, reminiscent of ocean depths. Enhance the magic with a touch of iridescent shimmer on your cheeks and finish the look with pastel pink lips that evoke the rosy hues of a beachside sunset.

selfie of a young woman with trad goth makeup look

  • Goth from the 80s

There is nothing like a touch of classic goth vibe from the nostalgic 80s. Bleach your eyebrows or use white concealer to hide them, and blend pink and dusty blue matte eyeshadow on your lids. For the lips use classic black lipstick or a very dark blue color. Rhinestones or faux piercings will put a final accord to this goth look.

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  • Gothic Tears

Incorporate an avant-garde touch to your pastel goth look by adding "gothic tears." Apply delicate, dark teardrop shapes beneath your lower lash line using eyeliner or eyeshadow. This creative twist combines the edgy essence of gothic makeup with the whimsical world of pastels.

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  • Baby Pink Eyeshadow and Thick Eyeliner

For a classic pastel goth appearance, coat your eyelids with a soft baby pink eyeshadow. Amp up the drama with thick, jet-black eyeliner that contrasts beautifully against the pastel background. This look strikes the perfect balance between delicate and daring.

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  • Gloudy Pastels & Everyday Lip

Capture the essence of a dreamy pastel sky by blending shades of soft pastel blue and pink on your eyelids. Keep it wearable by pairing the look with an everyday nude lip color. This combination showcases the versatility of pastel goth makeup, making it suitable for various occasions.

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  • Faux Freckles and Black Lips

Add a sprinkle of whimsy to your pastel goth makeup by donning faux freckles across your cheeks and nose. Balance this playful element with bold, black lips that exude confidence and mystique. The result is a look that's both endearing and fierce

pretty selfie of a young woman with pastel goth makeup look
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  • Chunky Pastel Glitter and Hazy Lip Look

Glitter makes everything better! Embrace the magic of chunky pastel glitter by applying it generously to your eyelids. This celestial touch pairs harmoniously with a hazy, blurred lip look achieved by slightly smudging your chosen pastel lipstick shade. The ethereal glow of the glitter and the soft lip create an entrancing contrast

pretty selfie of a young woman with pastel goth makeup look

  • Pretty Goth Makeup with Long Lashes

False long eyelashes can add drama to any makeup look! Choose the longest lashes you can find and color your lips black. For an extra touch of drama, consider adding a slight winged eyeliner. Keep it thin and elegant to maintain the pretty goth vibe. Remember, the key to nailing this look is the balance between the softness of the pastels and the mystique of gothic elegance.

Wrapping Up...

Blending the delicacy of pastel shades with the boldness of gothic elements, this trend allows makeup enthusiasts to explore and experiment. Whether you're drawn to the enigmatic allure of black hearts on pastel cheeks or the dreamy gradient eyebrows, there's a pastel goth look for every mood and occasion. So, embrace your inner pastel goth goddess and let your makeup speak volumes about your unique style and artistic spirit.

portrait of a beautiful woman with teal blue hair and pastel goth makeup

In the early to mid 2010s pastel goth aesthetic was my aesthetic of choice. I remember how I scrolled through my Tumblr feed enjoying every shade of pastel color I could stumble upon. Pastel hair and Jeffrey Campbell shoes were my all-time favorite things, of course... Years after pastel goth fashion seems to fascinate e-fans just as effectively, as it did almost a decade ago. So, for today's post, I decided to take a small journey back in time and explore the pastel goth aesthetics at its core. Do you want to join me? So, let's dive in!

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What Is a Pastel Goth Aesthetic?

Pastel goth is an aesthetic that combines the soft, sweet, and delicate elements of the pastel trend with the dark, edgy, and mysterious elements of the goth trend. It is a relatively new aesthetic, emerging in the early 2010s, and is often seen as a more feminine and approachable take on goth.

The pastel goth aesthetic is often associated with a certain attitude or mindset. Pastel goths are typically seen as being creative, unique, and independent. They are not afraid to express themselves through their fashion and pastel makeup, and they often embrace their inner darkness in a way that is both beautiful and mysterious.

  • The Rise and The Rebirth of Pastel Goth Style

Pastel goth as a fashion movement emerged in the early 2010s on social media platforms like Tumblr and Pinterest and has since become increasingly popular.

There are a few reasons for the rise of pastel goth. One reason is that it offers a more feminine and approachable take on goth style. Traditional goth types can be seen as dark and intimidating, but pastel goth is more playful and fun. This makes it a more accessible style for people who are not traditionally drawn to goth.

Another reason for the rise of pastel goth is that it is a way to express individuality. Pastel goth allows people to create their own unique style that is both dark and cute. This is in contrast to traditional goths, which can be seen as more uniform.

The rebirth of pastel goth can also be attributed to the popularity of kawaii culture. Kawaii is a Japanese aesthetic that is characterized by cuteness and innocence. Pastel goth borrows some elements from kawaii, such as the use of pastel colors and sweet prints. This makes it a more appealing style for people who are interested in both goth and kawaii.

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How to Dress Like a Pastel Goth?

Stepping into the world of pastel goth fashion requires a delicate balance between contrasting elements. The outfits typically feature a blend of pastel-hued garments with gothic-inspired accessories. Flowy dresses, skirts, and oversized sweaters in pastel shades form the canvas, while lace and fishnet details add a touch of dark romanticism.

Footwear often embraces chunky platforms or combat boots, lending an edgy twist to the ethereal aesthetics. Accessories play a crucial role, with chokers, harnesses, and studded jewelry offering a nod to traditional Gothic influences. The result is an ensemble that effortlessly bridges the gap between two worlds – one filled with softness and the other with mystique.

aesthetic collage with pastel goth fashion and accessories

Pastel Goth and Cultural Influence

Beyond its visual appeal, the pastel goth aesthetic has also seeped into popular culture, leaving its mark on various forms of media. From music videos to fashion editorials, the delicate interplay of pastel and goth elements has found its way into the mainstream consciousness. Musicians, artists, and influencers (Melanie Martinez, Billie Eilish, Blackpink, etc.,) have embraced this style, creating a visual language that resonates with their followers.

Moreover, the pastel goth aesthetic reflects a broader cultural shift towards embracing complexity and rejecting binary definitions. It challenges the notion that one has to be exclusively dark or light, illustrating that these dualities can coexist harmoniously within a single individual.

Let's Wrap Up...

In the kaleidoscope of fashion trends, the pastel goth aesthetic stands as a testament to the ever-evolving nature of self-expression. It showcases that beauty can be found in the unexpected union of disparate elements. With its delicate pastels and dark undertones, the pastel goth aesthetic invites us to challenge norms, embrace duality, and craft a style that is uniquely our own.


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