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Cottagegore (also known as Goth Cottagecore or Dark Cottagecore) is similar to Cottagecore, in the sense it has a strong focus on country life, baking, and vintage items, but contrary to its name, it instead includes darker aspects of nature (including rotten mushroom or plant aesthetics, forest cryptids, spirits or ghosts, and bones found in nature) as opposed to just taking the Cottagecore aesthetic and throwing a bunch of blood and gore on it. It tends to also cross over with other dark aesthetics, like Dark Academia, Crowcore, and Vulture Culture.

Visual[]

The things that differentiate Cottagegore from Cottagecore include:

  • Rain and fog
  • Cemeteries
  • Graveyards
  • Poisonous plants and mushrooms
  • Thunderstorms
  • Thorn bushes
  • Carnivorous plants
  • Dark fairy tales
  • Tornadoes
  • The woods

There also tends to be less of an emphasis on the farming aspect that is often seen in regular Cottagecore and has more of a Witchy/Esoteric vibe to it, like a witch living out in the middle of the woods, cut off from civilization, and only relying on her coven of fellow witches to get by in the harsh elements of mother nature. Cottagegore has a reverence for mother nature as a force and an entity that can be incredibly destructive.

Fashion[]

Cottagegore tends to take the Cottagecore fashion aesthetic and runs it through more of a Gothic lens. The fashion consists of black flouncy dresses, black overalls, and old black clothing that can be worn while living a quiet, solitary farm life.

  • Black flowy dresses and skirts
  • Dark overalls
  • Large, layered clothing with big pockets, puffy sleeves, and button blouses
  • Lace
  • Hand-crafted accessories, such as simple jewelry
  • Longer, loose-fitting clothing
  • Down hairstyles
  • Braided hair
  • Pure-perceived clothing (clean clothes, ballet shoes, etc.) in a dark forest
  • Dark-perceived clothing (ex. torn/dirty clothes) in a bright forest
  • Dull green shirts and/or dresses
  • Religious jewelry

Media[]

Television[]

  • Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010)
  • Over The Garden Wall (2014)
  • Alias Grace (2017)
  • Black Spot (Zone blanche) (2017-)
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017-2019)
  • The Promised Neverland (2019-2021)
  • Ratched (2020)
  • The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020)

Movies[]

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
  • Deep Red (1975)
  • Motel Hell (1980)
  • Children of the Corn (1984)
  • Evil Dead II (1987)
  • The Blair Witch Project (1999)
  • Signs (2002)
  • The Village (2004)
  • Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
  • Hatchet (2006)
  • Eden Lake (2008)
  • The Cabin in the Woods (2011)
  • Mama (2013)
  • The Ritual (2015)
  • The Visit (2015)
  • The Witch (2015)
  • The Forest (2016)
  • A Cure for Wellness (2017)
  • It Comes at Night (2017)
  • Antrum (2018)
  • The Farm (2018)
  • Midsommar (2019)
  • Gretel & Hansel (2020)
  • Wrong Turn (2021)

Books & Manga[]

  • Alias Grace (1996)
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events (book series) (1999-2006)
  • The Promised Neverland (2016)
  • The Girl from the Other Side: Siรบil, a Rรบn (2022)

Video Games[]

  • Through the Woods (2016)
  • Night in the Woods (2017)
  • Inscryption (2021)
  • Resident Evil Village (2021)
  • Rusty Lake game serie (2015-now)

Music[]

While Cottagecore is best represented by folk, baroque pop, and dream pop, Cottagegore fits better with dark folk, neoclassical darkwave, and experimental music. Artists like Dead Can Dance and Shawn James have used similar aesthetics in their work.

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