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From period drama to spine-tingling horror, here are five Mia Goth films to watch this weekend


By Sarah Gill
20th Oct 2023

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From period drama to spine-tingling horror, here are five Mia Goth films to watch this weekend

Often lauded as the new queen of horror, Mia Goth’s got quite the repertoire.

Quickly becoming one of the leading final girls of modern horror, Mia Goth — with her mouse-like voice and doll-like eyes — is instantly recognising and truly magnetic.

The enigmatic model-turned-actress Mia Goth first appeared on our screens back in 2013 with the television series The Tunnel, but her real big break came that same year with the controversial Nymphomaniac, in which she co-starred with Charlotte Gainsbourg and Shia LaBeouf.

A divisive and graphic two-part epic that is often critiqued for its misogynistic qualities, Nymphomaniac caused quite the stir, and positioned a 20-year-old Mia Goth firmly in our eye line.

When her latest film, Infinity Pool, was noticeably absent from the list of last year’s Oscar nominees, a clip of Goth sharing her thoughts on why the horror genre is so often overlooked during awards season went viral onlin.

“It’s very political,” she said at the time. “That it’s not entirely based on the quality of a project per se, I think there’s a lot going on there, a lot of cooks in the kitchen when it comes to nominations and categories that are recognised.”

With that in mind, we’ve rounded up five Mia Goth films (not all horrors, don’t worry) for you to watch this weekend.

X (2022)

Starring alongside Jenna Ortega (Wednesday) and Brittany Snow (Pitch Perfect), X is a film that dares to portray its final girl in full control of her sexuality. An undeniable love letter to horror classics, the film highlights Goth’s range as a true scream queen. Set in 1979, the film follows a group of young filmmakers as they set out to make an adult film in rural Texas, but when their reclusive, elderly hosts catch them in the act, the cast find themselves fighting for their lives.

Pearl (2022)

While Mia plays the starring role in Ti West’s Pearl, she’s also credited as co-writer for this modern horror/slasher flick. Another chapter from the twisted world of X, the film is set on an isolated farm and follows the titular Pearl as she tends to her ailing father under the overbearing glare of her mother. Lusting for a glamorous life like she’s seen in the movies, Pearl finds her ambitions, temptations, and repressions all colliding in this stunning origin story of X‘s iconic villain.

Infinity Pool (2023)

This horror/sci-fi flick sees Goth star alongside Alexander Skarsgård (The Legend of Tarzan) and Cleopatra Coleman (A Lot of Nothing), who play a couple innocently enjoying a holiday on an isolated island resort. However, guided by the seductive and mysterious Gabi (Mia Goth), they venture outside the resort grounds and find themselves in a culture filled with violence, hedonism, and untold horror. A tragic accident leaves them facing a zero-tolerance policy for crime: either you’ll be executed, or, if you’re rich enough to afford it, you can watch yourself die instead.

Emma (2020)

A colourful reimagining of Jane Austen’s beloved comedy about finding your equal and earning your happy ending, this adaptation of Emma stars Anya Taylor-Joy in the titular role, Goth takes on the role of her quiet companion, Harriet Smith. In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along.

A Cure for Wellness (2017)

The story of A Cure for Wellness follows an ambitious young executive (Dane DeHaan) as he’s sent to a wellness spa in the Swiss Alps to retrieve his company’s CEO. Here, he encounters strange activities that make him suspect that the spa’s treatments aren’t what they seem. In the role of the youngest patient at this ancient institution, Goth taps into her natural haunting spirit to deliver quite the eerie performance.