I could comment for ages on this one. Don’t know how I’m going to keep it short. 🙂 I find it interesting that in your into you suggest the link between horror and period pieces might surprise some people. Having grown up largely on golden and silver age Universal horror, and a little later focused my fandom on Hammer’s output of the 50s-70s, I tend to make an almost automatic association between horror – or at the very least supernatural horror – and period pieces. As I pointed out in my recent article about found footage and Dracula, at the time of its publication, Stoker’s novel was criticized because it’s then-modern setting was inappropriate for a tale of supernatural horror, which many felt ought to be relegated to pre-technological settings. It would just be tiresome for me to sit here and list my own favorites, when really all I’d be establishing is what we already know: that I focus more on older movies, and you focus more on those from the last few decades. I’m certainly very much behind some of your choices, particularly The Woman in Black. And there are a few here I haven’t seen, but your recommendation will speed my progress towards checking them out. There are also a few there I’m not entirely on-board with, of course. I’ll just choose to pick on Sweeney Todd for the moment. As a big fan of the stage version, I couldn’t help but compare the two, and I felt like a lot of the depth and nuance were lost in Burton’s adaptation, and that Depp and Bonham Carter were both badly miscast.