More Romantic Horror Movies For Valentine’s Day

I was checking in on my previous list of horror movies to watch for Valentine’s Day, for inspiration this V-Day since it’s minus 25 Celsius here in Toronto aka a the perfect weather to be anti-social and avoid others. To my shock I seem to had left off some of the most romantical horror films! So I figured now was a good time to list some more great romantic horror films for everyone to watch while eating cheesecake alone.

It is worth noting this is a list of romantic horror films, rather than Valentine’s themed ones. There aren’t any slashers like Valentine’s Day, My Bloody Valentine. I also avoided movies like The Voices or Maniac where the protagonist can’t discern the difference between romance and chopping up the girls he likes.

So without further ranting I humbly present the follow up list-sequel (hasn’t the internet come up with a portmanteau for that yet?)

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Candyman: How could I have left this film off my previous list? Tony Todd’s flawless baritone purr calling out to beautiful grad student Helen Lyle from across a parking garage, his voice some how a whisper in her mind! A movie whose romance is only rivalled by it’s scares.

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Hellraiser: If you think about it, Hellraiser’s plot is essentially a Lifetime movie on acid. A woman in a loveless marriage reconnects with her brother in law, with whom she had a torrid affair with years previously. Only in order for them to be together she must bring him men to consume. How I managed to leave this off my list is beyond me. I mean seriously, who doesn’t want someone to want them as much as Julia wants Frank? Even after Frank ends up a skinless cannibalistic attic dweller.

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The Fly: A large percentage of Cronenberg’s Oeuvre would work for V-Day. I mean Crash, Videodrome, A Dangerous Method, M. Butterfly, Map to the Stars or Dead Ringers would be great viewing for the weird on V-Day. But The Fly is Cronenberg at his most gooey and romantic. Brundle-Butt aside, the sheer glamour of Geena Davis and the top notch practical effects should have you sold.

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Interview with the Vampire: Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt as immortal boyfriends? Yes please. While director Neil Jordan definitely subdued the gayness of the original text, the movie comes out hella gay none the less.A beautiful and sumptuous film with some of the last great practical effects of the 90s.  As romantic as it is bloody.

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Byzantium: A spiritual sequel to Interview with the Vampire, Neil Jordan stuns with a more subtle vampire story. Set in modern times with flashbacks to centuries previous, two vampires on the run hide in a small seaside town. But when the younger attends classes at a local school, she puts not only herself and her companion at risk, but also a haemophiliac boy she has feelings for. Truly stunning both visually and in terms of the way it reinvents the vampire mythos, it makes the perfect double feature with Interview.

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Bride of Frankenstein: “We belong dead.” The movie that brought Tiffany Charles, noted murderess and voodoo dabbler to tears is a V-Day must. Glorious black and white horror that lept over the bar set by James Whale’s first instalment.

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Honourable Mention Hannibal: The Red Dragon: While it isn’t a film, Hannibal is one of the best/goriest/most romantic things to be put on screen in the last decade. A particular stand out in the romance department is the final run of episodes which were essentially a 6 episode miniseries was a highlight of the series run and arguably the epitome of the homoromantic subtext turning text that drew so many to the critically acclaimed series. Episodes 8 to 13 of the third season tell a complete story that while enhanced by the preceding episodes would still make for a great V-Day watch and certainly play better after repeated viewings compared to Manhunter and Red Dragon the two previous attempts at adapting the Thomas Harris novel.

 

 

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Romantic Horror Movies For Valentine’s Day [LIST]

Valentine’s Day is actually quite the violent holiday. Think about it? We decorate everything with hearts which are often pierced with arrows and decorate everything in red. Here are some scary alternatives to the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation. And stay tuned for an alternative list for those of us who are decidedly more bitter this time of year.

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Bride Of Chucky: Chucky gets lucky with this sequel to the Child’s Play films. Introducing Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly) to the franchise along with a healthy dose of comedy, this slasher tells the story of two star crossed lovers who end up unwittingly transporting the killer dolls cross country.

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Edward Scissorhands: Tim Burton’s classic story of the scissorhanded creation who finds love in the sub-urbs is the most overtly romantic of his films but his filmography offers something for everyone in the way of romance. If Edward isn’t gory enough check out Sweeney Todd or Sleepy Hollow.

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Bram Stoker’s Dracula: Of all the different iterations of Stoker’s classic tale, this remains one of the best. It is also the best adaptation with regards to the romantic themes of the novel. Adding the subplot of Mina being the reincarnation of his dead wife gives the plot a romantic plot which feels organic to the lush and detailed production.

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Little Shop Of Horrors: The musical tale of a man eating plant from outer-space also happens to be an incredibly beautiful love story between Audrey and Seymour with complications provided by her sadistic dentist boyfriend and his killer plant. Featuring some of the best puppet work ever it’s the perfect fun movie for a romantic night. And if your Valentine’s Day takes a dark turn you can always watch the Director’s Cut which keeps the original ending in which Seymour feeds Audrey’s dead body to the plant and then heads to the roof to contemplate suicide.

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Slither: How can a movie about slugs that take over your body be romantic? Just trust me James Gunn manages to deliver a touching story of love wrapped in thousands of pounds of goo. It’s the perfect alternative romance without any of the bitterness.

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Let The Right One In: A romantic movie that is equal parts sad, uplifting, heart breaking and mind blowing. One of the greatest vampire films ever. It tells the story of an alternative romance between a young boy and the vampire who lives next door.