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The current goth subculture started in the United Kingdom as Goth rock in the late 1970 - 1980's after the punk scene. Goth began as a separate movement in 1981 with alternative rock bands like Siouxsie & the Banshees, The Cure, The Sisters of Mercy and Bauhaus.

Goth Rock was a combination of punk, post punk and new wave music but most of the groups of that era did not associate themselves with goth. Most of the bands had punk roots and came from Britain.

Gothic fashion can be traced to Siouxsie & the Banshees, The Cure, and The Damned who's lead singer Dave Vanian dressed like a vampire for fun. Although Siouxsie & the Banshees and The Cure have remained the idols of the goth movement, their music styles have moved toward alternative.

In addition to horror novels, movies have shaped gothic culture as far back as 1983 with a vampire movie called The Hunger staring David Bowie. In the 80's and 90's with Anne Rice's vampire movies such as "Interview with a Vampire" starring Brad Pitt and "Queen of the Damned" moved gothic life into the limelight again. Other movies such as "The Crow", "Beetlejuice", "Edward Scissorhands", "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and "Corpse Bride" drew on gothic music, gothic fashion, and gothic style which added more allure to the popularity of the goth scene.