What are the gothic elements of the Ridley Scott film Bladerunner?

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What an excellent question! l had never considered the gothic elements in Blade Runner (or its parent novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?) before, but it certainly fits most aspects of the genre. Despite being set in the future, Blade Runner contains many aspects of Gothic literature: The ruin and decay of society; the likelihood of death; a world in chaos; and a society where a privileged few use irrational means instead of reason. The setting is dark, and many of the ruined buildings are mindful of the crumbling castles and Victorian houses of 19th and 20th century gothic novels. Dreams and nightmares are both important factors, and madness rules over sanity. There are even women in distress (though most of the replicant females have little need of a male savior).

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