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My name's Nicholas van der Waard; I have my MA in Gothic English literature. I write about the Gothic—in movies, but also videogames (especially Metroidvania, which I wrote my thesis on) at my blog Nick's (Gothic) Movie Insights. Best Metroidvania? Not sure. If it were harder, Castlevania: SotN (1997); if it were more open-ended, Metroid Fusion (2002). Hollow Knight (2017) and Metroid: Zero Mission (2004) rock; so do Axiom Verge (2015) and Dead Cells (2017). Some of my favorite movies include: The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), Seven Samurai (1954), and Alien (1979).


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