It’s February, fiends, and that means heart-shaped cards, chocolates galore, and ooey-gooey romance around every corner. But we’re here to put the eww-y with the gooey by presenting you with a list of films that are full of horrific affection. Here there be ghostly emotions and fright-filled fondness that will either tear your heart to pieces or leave you howling for more. Forget the rom-coms this Valentine’s Day and go straight to the cold, clammy, undead heart of supernatural romance!
Here’s 9 Relationships the were a match made in The Supernatural!
9. The Shape of Water (2017)
Have you ever wondered what would have happened if Kay Lawrence (Julie Adams) had fallen for The Gill-Man in The Creature From the Black Lagoon? That is precisely what director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) was pondering when he dreamed up The Shape of Water with co-writer Vanessa Taylor. (In fact, it’s mentioned in the film that the Amphibian Man was captured from the Amazon River in South America, which is where the original Gill-Man swam in The Creature From the Black Lagoon).
Our creature crush begins in the 1960s with Elisa (Sally Hawkins), a lonely custodial worker in a military research facility who has been mute her entire life. When she discovers the highly-classified, aquatic specimen (Doug Jones) that resides in a tank within the facility, she develops a fondness for him. As their relationship evolves, Elisa realizes her amphibious friend is in danger and has to make a decision on how to proceed; watch him perish or attempt to save his skin…er, scales. In terms of horror, The Shape of Water is rather mild, but weaves real-life terrors, a classic-style monster, and an ethereal story into something truly unique.
8. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
Francis Ford Coppola (Apocalypse Now) created an eerily beautiful retelling of Bram Stoker’s Dracula with a haunting soundtrack and all-star cast. Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) plays the titular character of Count Dracula to Winona Rider’s Mina. While Mina is engaged to Jonathan Harker (Keanu Reeves), centuries-old Dracula is enthralled with her since she bears a strong resemblance to his lost love, Elisabeta.
Upon meeting and getting to know The Count, Mina is conflicted between her attraction to the vampire and her human love, Jonathan. But don’t get the wrong idea; the only hearts aflutter in this film are being drained of blood or getting staked. The movie is well done visually and brags three Academy Awards for costume design, make-up and special effects. It’s definitely higher on the horror and gore scale than The Shape of Water, but retains the epic, evil love story, too.
7. The Corpse Bride (2005)
So, you say your Valentine isn’t exactly into super scary stuff but enjoys morbid musical numbers? Then we have the perfect choice for you! Tim Burton’s The Corpse Bride was elegantly animated in a painstaking process that involved clockwork heads and over one hundred thousand frames, so to say the animation is smooth and subtle is an understatement.
The film is set in Victorian England where a shy and awkward groom named Victor (Johnny Depp) begins practicing his wedding vows in a deserted forest. To his surprise, Emily, a beautiful, undead woman (Helena Bonham Carter) ecstatically rises from the grave assuming he has chosen to marry her. This puts Victor in the center of a love triangle between his fiancée Victoria (Emily Watson) and his Corpse Bride. The tale that unfolds is as sweet and moving as it is creepy and melancholy. With singing skeletons and a maggot sidekick, the eewy-gooey is strong with this one, but the sentiment is a great choice for a not-so-scary Valentine adventure.
6. An American Werewolf in London (1981)
If you’re looking for a film that touches upon nearly every emotion but still cranks up the gore and special effects, then look no further than An American Werewolf in London. Writer / director John Landis (Twilight Zone: The Movie) blends horror with humor in this grisly tale that begins with two American students backpacking through Northern England.
After being attacked by a werewolf on the moors, things get hairy for David (David Naughton) who is maimed by the beast and left wondering if he will transform under the next full moon. In the meantime, he and his nurse Alex (Jenny Agutter) begin a whirlwind romance that becomes complicated when David begins losing time and gruesome murders start cropping up around London. Special effects extraordinaire Rick Baker won the very first Academy Award for Best Make-Up for his work on An American Werewolf in London which has the most amazing werewolf transformation scene ever put to film.
5. Warm Bodies (2013)
Based on the 2012 novel by Issac Marion, Warm Bodies is a contemporary take on the zombie genre. Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road) portrays R, a young zombie who behaves differently from the hoard. He doesn’t clearly recollect his living years, but is rather introspective for one of the living dead. R finds himself feeling new sensations after forming a relationship with Julie (Teresa Palmer), a living girl he meets when she is out scavenging for food.
As the bond between the two star-crossed lovers grows, things become more perilous for them both since Julie’s father is a military leader responsible for destroying all zombies. Warm Bodies certainly has it’s gross-out CGI moments, but is also full of humor and heart. This is a perfect flick to share with the teens in your life this Valentine’s Day.
4. Crimson Peak (2015)
Guillermo del Toro makes his second appearance in our lovely, lurid list with his gothic masterpiece Crimson Peak. This haunting tale of love and loss is twisted and dramatic with apparitions and accusations galore. The mystery begins when Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) meets English inventor Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston) through her father’s bustling business in New York.
While her father is unimpressed and leery of Sharpe and his sister Lucille (Jessica Chastain), Edith is swept off her feet by the charming and handsome gentleman. After they are wed, Edith and Thomas join Lucille in England and live together in the frighteningly enormous house known as Crimson Peak. However, things become strange as the newlyweds start to settle in. The visuals are breathtaking and the setting is enthralling while you watch the mystery unfold. The creeptastic imagery will stick with you just as much as the affecting romance, if not more.
3. Let the Right One In (2008)
Set in Blackeberg, Stockholm in 1982, Let the Right One In is a Swedish horror film based upon the book of the same name. Author John Ajvide Lindqvist wrote the screenplay in addition to the novel. Our story begins with a 12-year-old boy named Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant) who is relentlessly bullied every day. He wishes he could do something to get back at the boys who harass him, but does nothing other than dream of revenge while taking his anger out on the courtyard trees.
However, he befriends a strange girl named Eli (Lina Leandersson) who he spots alone on the playground one night and things begin to change. Eli encourages Oskar to fight back against his bullies and becomes his closest friend. As Oskar grows more fond of Eli, he begins to realize that something is very off about his crush. Both deadly and endearing, Let the Right One In showcases the moving story of young love and adolescence placed in a horrific situation. This one is graphic and eerie, but absolutely worth the watch.
2. Kuroneko (1968)
This ghostly black and white Japanese film is equal parts tragedy and love story with heavy doses of creepiness. If you’re feeling forlorn or looking for a moody romance that will linger in your heart long after the film is finished, then Kuroneko is the horror movie you’re after this Valentine’s Day. Also known as The Black Cat, the film begins with Yone (Nobuko Otowa) and her daughter-in-law, Shige (Kiwako Taichi) going about their business in their home located within a bamboo grove. Yone’s son, Hachi (Nakamura Kichiemon II) had gone off to war, leaving his mother and his bride on their own.
The women end up being assaulted and murdered by a band of ruthless samurai, who then burn their home to the ground. When Yone and Shige return as vengeful ghosts, they take revenge on the samurai that come near their bamboo grove. However, during the same time of their demise, Hachi is made a samurai after his brave deeds in battle and returns home only to find his wife and mother are missing. We’re left biting our nails and wondering how the story will unfold as Hachi and his loved ones are reunited. It’s a powerful and earnest story of love and devotion as much as it is revenge and horror.
1. Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
Tom Hiddleston (Avengers) and Tilda Swinton (We Need To Talk About Kevin) star as immortal vampire lovers in this dramedy from Jim Jarmusch (Broken Flowers). Hiddleston is Adam, a depressed musician living in a rundown house in Detroit. His wife, Eve (Swinton), resides in Morocco where she surrounds herself with books. She decides she needs to go visit her beloved after speaking with him on the phone and realizing what a sad state he is in.
Bored with the world after 3,000 years, the pair seem almost listless. At first, it would seem as though their love is rekindled, however, when Eve’s sister Ava shows up at Adam’s house, things begin to go awry for the undead companions. The film is a combination of vampiric love and amusing situations with the almost-ethereal actors playing otherworldly characters. It’s a story of love, but is steeped in musical and pop-culture references, making it a fun flick to share with your Valentine.