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It’s Not Me, It’s You: 5 Break-up Horror Movies for a Love-Free Valentine’s Day!

The horror genre has long been a favorite among moviegoers, providing thrills and chills with its unique blend of fear and suspense. It’s also no stranger to exploring relationships, especially those that come to a sudden and shocking end. Here are 10 horror movies where characters break-up romantically.. usually with horrifying results.


1. The Exorcist (1973)

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The Exorcist is widely considered one of the most iconic horror films of all time. In this classic, a young girl is possessed by a demon, and her mother must enlist the help of two priests to exorcise her. This is all occurring during a period when the mother, an actress renting a house nearer to her set, is struggling to co-parent their now-possessed daughter with a father she’s left romantically. Despite being one of the scariest horror films of all time, The Exorcist also takes time to explore their unique family dynamic.


2. The Ring (2002)

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In this movie, an investigative journalist discovers a cursed videotape that kills the viewer seven days after watching it. After a single mother and her son watch the tape, the woman involves the boys’ father to help them, despite their romantic relationship being rather complicated. Even when being chased by one of the scariest monsters of cinema, The Ring pauses to address a uniquely complicated romantic relationship.


3. The Descent (2005)

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In this movie, a group of friends explore a cave system and discover something far more sinister than they had bargained for. This spelunking adventure all starts after one of the group’s own, Sarah, is the sole survivor of a car accident that killed her husband and child. While dangers in the cave increase, Sarah learns her relationship was even more complicated than she previously thought.


4. Get Out (2017)

In this movie, a young black man visits his white girlfriend’s family for a weekend getaway. After discovering the family has a more sinister plan in store for him, he breaks up with his girlfriend and plots his harrowing escape. Hence, the title.


5. Midsommar (2019)


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In this movie, a couple visits a remote Swedish village during their summer solstice celebration. After the couple discovers the dark secrets of the village, the strain on the relationship becomes too great, resulting in one of the best on-screen breakups of all time.


Breaking up is never easy, but in the Horror Genre, it can be even harder. These 10 horror movies show just how terrifying things can become when a relationship comes to an end.

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