''Gothika'' is a 2003 American supernatural thriller directed by Mathieu Kassovitz and written by Sebastian Gutierrez. Creator/HalleBerry plays Dr. Miranda Grey, a psychiatrist in a women's mental hospital who wakes up one day to find herself on the other side of the bars, accused of having murdered her husband and boss Doug. To make matters [[FromBadToWorse worse]], she is also being tormented by [[ISeeDeadPeople visions]] of a mutilated young woman. Notable for a strong but under-used supporting cast, including Creator/RobertDowneyJr, Creator/PenelopeCruz, Creator/CharlesSDutton and Creator/BernardHill.
!!This film series provides examples of the following tropes:
* AxCrazy: Miranda temporarily becomes so when posessed by a vengeful ghost.
* AnAxeToGrind: The ghost has one with Doug.
* TheBechdelTest: Miranda and Chloe hardly ever speak of romance or men. The setting is too grim for that.
* BewareOfHitchhikingGhosts: One of the earlier encounters with the ghost fits this trope.
* GetOutOfJailFreeCard: Miranda Grey DID murder her husband, at least by your average legal definition. And a cop. She gets pretty much let off at the end, and while it's not without justifications and the Sheriff was killed in self-defence, she still must have had one HELL of a lawyer.
* GhostlyGoals: [[spoiler:The ghost wants [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge revenge]]...[[AwfulTruth and justice for her rape and murder]]. So she killed Doug using his wife's body, then led Miranda to find out about Doug's atrocities, saving another girl, and revealing her circumstances to her family. Then she [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim killed the doctor's accomplice]]]].
* GirlsBehindBars: Notably averted. There is a ShowerScene with dozens of women, but thanks mostly to the lighting and a complete lack of makeup, the older, average-looking women heavily outweigh even Halle Berry's sexiness. In the prison scenes, all the convicts, right down to the lovely Penelope Cruz, appear pasty and drab.
* AGodAmI: A ''particularly'' creepy example shows up when Miranda discovers [[spoiler:the torture dungeon that Doug used to rape and kill his female victims in. As she watches one of the videotapes that he shot in which he just finished molesting another woman, he walks up to the camera, adjusts his tie and states "It's good to be God. I love you." Near the end, Sheriff Ryan (Doug's friend and accomplice in his rape/molestation/murder of young women) reveals that they shared the sentiment, saying "We were their God."]]
* MommyIssues: After the serial killing rapist is unveiled, Dr. Grey speculates that the killer[[spoiler:'s accomplice]] grew up with an absent father and an over-dependent relationship with his mother which turned into sexual desire, got pleasure from torturing small animals as a kid, and is confused about his sexuality as an adult. [[spoiler:Sherrif Ryan only disputes the part that he enjoyed killing animals.]]
* RedHerring: One film critic joked that [[spoiler:Creator/RobertDowneyJr]]'s character should have just been named Red Herring; it was so obvious that's what he was.
* SerialRapist: The major reveal in the film [[spoiler:is that Doug and Sherrif Ryan were a duo of serial rapists/killers who kidnapped numerous women to molest them repeatedly and force them to do whatever they wanted.]]
* UglyGuyHotWife: Specifically, big fat 50-something guy, Creator/HalleBerry wife.
* VillainousFriendship: The serial killer/rapist is eventually revealed to have had an accomplice. [[spoiler:After Sherrif Ryan is revealed as Doug's accomplice, he states that he helped Doug out with his first kill because they were friends, and since then they have been destroying countless lives for their depraved gratification. Ryan goes on a rampage against Miranda as revenge for killing Doug (she was possessed by the ghost of one of the victims).]]
* WhamLine: After Dr. Grey speculates about the psychological profile of a culprit trying to cover his tracks, this line by [[spoiler:Doug's accomplice]] leaves zero doubt about the culprit's true nature and that Miranda's life is in danger.
-->'''[[spoiler:Sherrif Ryan]]:''' [[spoiler:Well you're right. I do fit the profile. Long-time friend of Doug's, access to the prison. '''I never did get a kick out of torturing animals, though.''']]
* WordPureeTitle: The "word" ''Gothika'' has no relevance to the film in any way, other than a ghost story set in a spooky hospital being vaguely gothic.
* WrittenInInfirmity: Creator/HalleBerry broke her arm during filming; an injury was duly written in to explain away her plaster cast. It actually works quite well...
* YouHaveToBelieveMe: Miranda gets her arm slashed with the words "NOT ALONE" while in the group shower. She was out of sight for only a few seconds, yet the wounds are many and quite precise. There's also no weapon to be found anywhere. Instead of pointing out these facts and letting her keepers arrive at a conclusion (something's very much ''not'' right here), she starts ranting...