Happy Friday the 13th! And also Happy Valentine’s Day….awkward. In celebration of these two holidays, here are 13 of our favorite horror films with a side of love.
If The Twilight series sparked the trend of supernatural romances, Warm Bodies (along with Zombieland) help invent the ZomRomCom genre. Warm Bodies perfectly executes the horror aspect (seriously, these zombies are not to be messed with) and the romance angle. You really start to root for zombie R (Nicholas Hoult) and human Julie (Teresa Palmer) to defy all obstacles and not let a little rotting flesh get in the way of true love.
Let The Right One In (2008)
This is probably the best achievement in the “mortal/immortal” love story in recent memory. The Swedish film centers around 12 year old Oskar who is constantly bullied. He meets a weird neighbor named Eli and the two begin a wonderful friendship. For anyone who has ever felt alone in the world, Let The Right One In is strangely comforting.
Life After Beth (2014)
The latest entry in the ZomRomCom genre, Life After Beth does a slight spin to it than its predecessors. After being bitten by a “snake” while hiking which ultimately leads to her demise, Beth returns home with no memory of the incident and perfectly alive. Her parents (played by John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon) are overjoyed while her boyfriend (Dane DeHaan) is rightfully taken aback…probably because he was thinking of breaking up with her before she died. Now that’s she back and apparently “alive” their love is also awakened. Life After Beth further proves that second chances can be a good thing…until your significant other tries to eat your face off.
Despite it being known for the infamous pottery scene set to the sweet tune of “Unchained Melody,” Ghost is pretty terrifying. Don’t forget that Sam (Patrick Swayze) turns into the movie’s namesake because he essentially got murdered due to his friend and colleague being a complete jerk. Sure, it wasn’t the intention but still MURDER. Ugh accounting. Still, the romance storyline in Ghost prevails and also proves that love transcends all…even when you’re transparent.
When you look back on your life, there’s no doubt that the love you’ll feel the most sentiment toward is the one you had for your dog. Frankenweenie references some of our favorite horror films from yesteryear and also brings the feels when you watch a boy and his dog reunite.
The Addams Family (1991)
There’s no denying that a love between a family is the strongest, even if you hate each other. After a 25-year absence, brother Fester comes home in the film version of the The Addams Family. This movie shows us that every family is little dysfunctional but maybe yours doesn’t have the conjoined twins, severed body parts, and selling of poisonous beverages. How boring.
Jack and Diane (2012)
This indie horror flick is a heartwarming tale about two girls who meet and fall in love…one of them just happens to be going through a transition. Yeah, Jack is a werewolf. Jack and Diane is fantastic because it address the struggle of being in an “unconventional” love, whether that’s same sex or interspecies.
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Easily Tim Burton at his finest, Edward Scissorhands centers around Edward (Johnny Depp) who was left alone after his maker dies until the sweetest little Avon lady, Peg (Dianne Wiest) brings him home with her. The entire family and neighborhood instantly falls for his quiet charm, especially Peg’s daughter Kim (Winona Ryder). Edward Scissorhands does take a dark turn when the neighborhood starts accusing Edward of violent crimes because blaming the dude with scissors for hands just seems like an easy out.
Holy crap there’s a lot of Tim Burton on this list. Who knew he was such a Casanova? Centered around a dead couple who decided to haunt the current tenants of their former home. Filled with laughter and some awesomely stylish suits, Beetlejuice gives hope for love in the afterlife. #relationshipgoals
Practical Magic (1998)
Ok so maybe this isn’t too scary or horror BUT WITCHES. Who can resist two of America’s (/Australia’s) sweethearts trying to fall in love? The catch though is whoever they fall in love with pretty doomed to an untimely death. And you thought your love life was rough. Practical Magic is funny and charming and completely irresistible. BECAUSE WITCHES!
Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010)
The greatest love of all is the love between bros. Tucker and Dale is about two not so smart friends who accidentally get mistaken as killers by some entitled preps. Don’t you hate when that happens. Playing on both horror and comedy tropes, Tucker and Dale vs Evil is a refreshing take on the cabin in the woods genre. It’s smart, funny, and Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine are just down right adorable.
“A boy’s best friend is his mother.” How sweet…or creepy. Now Psycho is definitely a classic. Permanently embedded into our pop culture, it is thrilling, unsettling, but has a layer of sadness to it. On the surface, Norman Bates is the villain of the film but actually he’s just a victim of his mother’s behavior. Psycho is a cautionary tale of what happens when a relationship between mother and son crosses a line. And also to maybe not take a shower without locking the door.
The Mummy (1932)
We couldn’t have this list without a Universal monster flick thrown in. An ancient priest, Imhotep (played wonderfully by legend Boris Karloff) is resurrected by an archeological expedition when they stumbled upon his mummy. So where’s the love aspect of it? Imhotep was mummified alive because he was attempting to resurrect his former lover, a princess. Should also mention the love was ~forbidden~. Now that’s true love.
What are some of your favorite horror movies and what are you planning on doing this Valentine’s Day? Let us know in the comments!
Want more things to watch this weekend? The new trailer for Guillermo Del Toro’s Crimson Peak is out! Watch it here.