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Top 10 Best Romance Horror Movies

  • Sleepy Hollow (1999)

    Sleepy Hollow (1999)

    • RT Rating 68%
    • IMDB Rating 7.4

    New York detective Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate a series of mysterious deaths in which the victims are found beheaded. But the locals believe the culprit to be none other than...

  • Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

    Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

    • RT Rating 85%
    • IMDB Rating 7.3

    A depressed musician reunites with his lover in the desolate streets of Detroit. Though their romance has endured several centuries, it is tested by the arrival of her capricious and unpredictable you...

  • Crimson Peak (2015)

    Crimson Peak (2015)

    • RT Rating 71%
    • IMDB Rating 6.5

    In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swep...

  • Lifechanger (2018)

    Lifechanger (2018)

    • RT Rating 94%
    • IMDB Rating 5.4

    A murderous shapeshifter sets out on a blood-soaked mission to make things right with the woman he loves....

  • Tale of Tales (2015)

    Tale of Tales (2015)

    • RT Rating 82%
    • IMDB Rating 6.4

    From the bitter quest of the Queen of Longtrellis, to two mysterious sisters who provoke the passion of a king, to the King of Highhills obsessed with a giant Flea, these tales are inspired by the fai...

  • Daughters of Darkness (1971)

    Daughters of Darkness (1971)

    • RT Rating 73%
    • IMDB Rating 6.7

    A newlywed couple are passing through a vacation resort. Their paths cross with a mysterious, strikingly beautiful countess and her aide....

  • Hounds of Love (2016)

    Hounds of Love (2016)

    • RT Rating 90%
    • IMDB Rating 6.5

    Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted from a suburban street by a disturbed couple. As she observes the dynamic between her captors she quickly realises she must drive a wedge between them if she is to s...

  • Warm Bodies (2013)

    Warm Bodies (2013)

    • RT Rating 81%
    • IMDB Rating 6.9

    After a zombie becomes involved with the girlfriend of one of his victims, their romance sets in motion a sequence of events that might transform the entire lifeless world....

  • The Company of Wolves (1984)

    The Company of Wolves (1984)

    • RT Rating 77%
    • IMDB Rating 6.7

    An adaptation of Angela Carter's fairy tales. Young Rosaleen dreams of a village in the dark woods, where Granny tells her cautionary tales in which innocent maidens are tempted by wolves who are ...

  • Nina Forever (2015)

    Nina Forever (2015)

    • RT Rating 97%
    • IMDB Rating 5.6

    Holly loves Rob and tries to help him through his grief – even if it means contending with his dead girlfriend Nina, who comes back, bloody and broken, every time they make love...


24 Twisted Romantic-Horror Films That You Absolutely Must Watch If Mushy Isn’t Your Thing

Not sure if you're in the mood for a romantic film or a bloody scare-fest for movie night? May we suggest you try the lesser explored genre of horror-romance? You might be surprised with what you find!

Here are some of the best horror films that stayed true to elements of romance.

1. The Mummy (1932)

The story of a 3,700 year old Egyptian priest Imhotep being accidentally brought back from the dead by British archaeologists gave us frights while his pursuit to revive his long-lost love brought to life some intense ancient romance.

This 1932 classic inspired the newer The Mummy movies and unlike the newer films, this one didn't shy away from the deeply emotional representation of the century-spanning romance even while sticking to the traditional horror genre.

2. Mahal (1949)

This Madhubala-starrer tells the shudder-inducing story of a man obsessed with a beautiful ghost that haunts the mansion he moves into.

Rooted in an Indian take on goth, the film doesn't boast of many jump scares like many horror films, but it certainly promises to spook you to the core.

3. Beyond The Darkness (1979)

A taxidermist's fiance dies owning to voodoo magic performed by a vicious, jealous housekeeper. Grief stricken, the man digs up and preserves his lover's body to make her his forever. If that isn't horror-meets-romance, I don't know what is.

Apart from the creepy dead lover's corpse, the housekeeper's horrifying erotic behaviour along with Frank, the taxidermist's eccentricities make this a true scare-fest.

4. The Fly (1986)

The body-horror film tells the story of an unexpectedly tender love between a scientist who finds himself stuck in an experiment gone horribly wrong and a journalist who powerlessly struggles to stop his monstrous transformation.

The Fly is an eloquent classic monster film that, apart from the flat-out visual horror of the lab accident, marks striking romantic chemistry between the ill-fated couple.

5. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

The famed story of Count Dracula and his beloved dead wife Elisabeta portrays his as a hopeless romantic longs for the love of his life. And we're talking about a Dracula film, so needless to say, there are ample scares in the film to keep your thirst for horror quenched.

This particular telling of his story changes Dracula's reputation as a steamy Lothario, and paints a picture of the love-lorn husband that evokes the audiences sympathy as it evokes fear.

6. Candyman (1992)

Motivated by a deep love lost, Candyman's broken-hearted anti-hero is a slave executed for impregnating a wealthy white woman. His undying love for the woman juxtaposed against his lust for blood and revenge make for some pretty thrilling romance-horror.

The ruthless villain of this film and his notorious hook hand claimed several lives while he wandered in search of justice.

7. Return of the Living Dead 3 (1993)

When a young man who recently lost his girlfriend discovers a top secret government operation in which the dead are being brought back to life, he makes the impossible happen but at a gruesome price.

His girlfriend rises from the dead, but with a new-found appetite for human flesh. The movie gives a whole terrifying new meaning to unconditional love.

8. Bride of Chucky (1998)

Picking right up from the end of Child's Play 3, the scariest possessed doll in all the land returns and this time teams up with his ex-lover. The two reunited lovers embark on a disturbing spree of murders which makes for some scary cinema.

Like any loving couple, the murderous dolls too share interests and theirs are particularly bone-chilling.

9. Thirst (2009)

Thirst is the spine-chilling story of a priest that's transformed into a vampire returns form the brink of death with a craving for blood and the body of his friend's wife.

Vampires and eroticism are never too far off from each other. And Thirst explores the romantic sensuality in the vampire genre to its fullest.

10. Red, White And Blue (2010)

A ruthless depiction of unconditional love in a hopeless and ruinous world, this is the story of a damaged young woman and a sociopathic army vet and their journey through a series of horrific events.

A love story on the one hand and a slasher-revenge thriller on the other, Red, White And Blue is an unrelenting saga of destruction and violence.

11. Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

The story of two vampires that have been married for centuries and now live apart, Only Lovers Left Alive is a frightening tale of romance and gore all at once.

The two blood-thirsty creatures are the perfect embodiment of the overlap between tragic horror and the earnest longing love make one feel.

12. A Girl Walks Home Alone Late at Night (2014)

This film is said to be set in an ill-reputed Iranian ghost town and brings us the story of a lonesome vampire. This unlikely romance between a girl with a special taste for blood and a dejected young man makes for a striking horror-romance.

The two protagonists strike an unlikely connection in the most unconventional of circumstances.

13. Let The Right One In (2004)

This Swedish horror film brings us the romance between a merciless vampire and a heavily bullied young boy. Apart from ample scares and murders, the movie does not hold back on cutsie teenage romance.

This opposition between death and young love truly makes this movie a disturbing yet marvellous watch.

14. Cat People (1942)

Cat People tells the story of a young Serbian woman, Irena, who believes herself to be a descendant of a race of people who turn into cats when sexually aroused. Sex, romance and humans transforming into cats - what more could one ask for in a romantic-horror film?

The classic story of a fatal, irresistible beauty, Cat People makes for a stunning watch and leaves you with plenty of screams, blood and sex.

15. Zombie Honeymoon (2004)

The doomed love story of a newly-wed couple that's attacked by zombies while on their honeymoon, this movie shows us a wife in love, torn between her urge to protect her infected, and slowly transforming husband and her revulsion at what he's turning into.

We see the couple in their struggle against the zombie transformation that makes for a perfect mix of true love at strife with itself in the face of striking horror and death.

16. A Chinese Ghost Story (1987)

This is the supernatural love story between a spirit and a human. The spirit being stuck in eternal service to a sinister demon, her love for the man is faced with unrelenting odds and it makes for a riveting watch.

The film takes you on a gory trip into the world of death and the path is paved with love and suffering.

17. Vampire Girl Vs. Frankenstein Girl (2009)

A couple of monster girls fighting no-holds-barred over a guy, with gore flying by the gallon, this is the film for all that are looking for a true hit of horror romance.

There's ample bloodshed, dark-as-it-gets humour and all of it is motivated by an unrelenting love the demonic chicks feel for a dude. It's the perfect package.

18. Hellraiser (1987)

Hellraiser is the story of forbidden desire between a woman and her bad-boy brother-in-law who just happens to have returned from the dead after inadvertently surrendering himself to the eternal tortures of the world of demons.

The film more than delivers on shock and suspense, but also proves to be a surprising emotional ordeal.

19. Spring (2014)

It's a time-tested tale - a boy goes off to Europe to find himself and instead finds an exotic young beauty to fall for. Except here, this beautiful girl turns out to be something other than human.

The movie tracks the star-crossed lovers as they explore the picturesque coasts of Italy and rest assured, there are enough murders and jump scares to keep you gripped through the film.

20. The Hunger (1983)

This love triangle between a doctor and an immortal vampire couple will satisfy your every urge for the perfect union between romance and horror.

The beautiful and dangerous vampires promise specially chosen humans eternal life, yet what eludes them is eternal youth. This endless pursuit to stay young and the classic vampire gore come together for a timeless horror film that does not shy from emotion one bit.

21. The Hidden Face

The story of a young orchestra conductor that gets trapped in her new home's panic room as she spied on her boyfriend, The Hidden Face is a thrilling ride into the dark depths of jealousy and sociopathy in the context of love.

A story about the kind of love that eventually destroys everyone it touches, this film will leave you feeling shaken to the core.

22. Audition

A film industry veteran and recent widower, at the advice of his friends, stages an audition to find a prospective life partner - and the woman he finds himself turns out to be more than he bargained for.

Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike does not hold back on the gore and blood and in Audition, you're assured a fair amount of cringe-inducing scenes. It'll really give you a look into the scariest face of love.

23. Crimson Peak

The film spans the love between a young American woman whose mother's ghost warns her time and again, 'Beware of Crimson Peak' and yet, her marriage to an English baronet takes her to the very doom she'd been warned to keep herself from.

Crimson Peak gives the audience a healthy dose of murder and intrigue, showered with scares of the Victorian tendency.

24. The Honeymoon

A seemingly simple story of a newly-wed couple whose honeymoon ends up being ruined by a series of strange, very strange events, The Honeymoon is deceivingly scary. Disturbing to the core, this one will jump scare the romantic in you.

The bliss of the couple, fresh in love falls apart in front of your eyes and it's a bloody thrilling experience. Pun intended.

Get your popcorn ready, folks. No matter which one you choose, you're in for a night of brilliant confusion between the scares and the feels.

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The 13 Most Romantic Horror Movies for Valentine's Day

With Valentine's Day here once again, we figured it was time to dust off this Whitman Sampler of a recommendation feature -- the 13 most romantic horror movies!It's hard to find great horror movies that are also great love stories, because for the most part, those things are polar opposites. Many of the greatest and scariest horror movies ever made are all about ripping people who care about each other apart, literally and figuratively. The Shining may be terrifying but it's hardly a comforting date movie, if you catch the drift.But that doesn't mean that horror movies can't also be romantic; it's just that they sometimes have to be romantic in unexpected ways. Tales of ghosts and demons who fall for mortal men and women have a tragic undercurrent but they're often very sincere, and many of the most horrifying monsters ever conceived have a heart if you know where to look for it (and aren't trying to shove a wooden stake in there).

Many films are perfect for an unconventional Valentine's Day. So sit back and get ready to believe in love at first fright!

The Mummy (1932)

This horror classic stars Boris Karloff as an ancient mummy who comes back to life to find the reincarnated version of his forbidden lover, played by Zita Johann. The catch is that, in order to be together forever, he must first mummify and resurrect her as well. This tragic tale of immortal love features a rare romantic leading performance for Karloff, and like many of the original Universal Monster movies, it still holds up impressively well.

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Beetlejuice (1988)

Tim Burton’s kooky horror comedy may not seem particularly romantic at a glance, since the protagonists are already married and they die early on, but after that grisly demise they are given a gift: an actual eternity to live together, in wedded bliss. It sucks to be dead but unlike many ghosts, who linger because they were unhappy in life, the Maitlands (played by Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin) get to become a romantic ideal of domesticity. They are the ultimate happily ever after… even after they die.

The Addams Family (1991)

They may not be in “horror movies,” but the Addams Family exist in a world where torture, grave robbing, cannibalism and murder are amusing everyday realities, so they are at least “horror adjacent.” Either way you would be hard-pressed to find a happier married couple than Gomez and Morticia Addams, whose passion for one another has never waned for a single, solitary moment.

Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

The story of Dracula had been told, and retold, so many times by the time Francis Ford Coppola got to it that there was only one thing to do: Make it a million times sexier. This lavish production features eye-popping, operatic imagery to tell an extremely sensual version of the classic tale, featuring a star-making performance by Gary Oldman as the hottest Dracula ever (in second place: Frank Langella).

The Mummy (1999)

Stephen Sommers’ blockbuster remake of The Mummy takes the romanticism of the original and adds witty banter and derring-do. Arnold Vosloo plays an alluring new version of the monster, who wants to resurrect his true love by sacrificing a librarian (Rachel Weisz), who only just starting falling for a handsome, Indiana Jones-ish rogue (Brendan Fraser). The tone is brighter, and the chemistry between Weisz and Fraser is first-rate.

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Edgar Wright’s spot-on satire of the apocalyptic zombie genre is a non-stop cavalcade of gags, but it’s also a heartfelt story about growing up and becoming a better person, and a better romantic partner. Shaun (Simon Pegg) has to earn the respect of his girlfriend, Liz (Kate Ashfield), but it’s only when flesh-eating zombies attack that he actually makes it happen in just one horrifying, hilarious day.

Cloverfield (2008)

Cloverfield gets a lot of attention for its gimmick - a found-footage kaiju movie - but not enough for being a solid horror movie about a young person who discovers what really matters to him in the wake of a terrible tragedy. A giant monster is attacking New York City, but Rob (Michael Stahl-David) is the only one running towards the danger, to save his ex-girlfriend Beth (Odette Yustman) at all costs. Harrowing, clever, and bittersweetly romantic.

The Conjuring (2013)

The real-life story of Ed and Lorraine Warren may be… complicated… but in the movies they’re two of the most positive role models the horror genre has to offer. Happily married, weathering great dangers together, they seek out ghosts and demons and save troubled households from all manners of calamity. They don’t just drive out your literal demons, they heal your metaphoric ones as well, arguing that wholesome happiness is the best way to keep evil out of your life.

Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

It comes as no surprise that independent filmmaking icon Jim Jarmusch wouldn’t make your typical vampire movie. But it was a little surprising that he made one of the most romantic horror movies ever. Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton star as immortal vampires who have been together for centuries, and still find new things to talk about, from the many celebrities they’ve met over the years to the finer points of fungus. We should all be so lucky as to find someone we could so easily love hundreds of years after we met.

Warm Bodies (2013)

A zombie falls in love with a human, and it’s about to get awkward. Jonathan Levine’s spry horror comedy turns both the rom-com and zombie genres on their heads, adding gruesome consequence to the former and genuine optimism to the latter. Maybe there really is hope after the world falls apart, and maybe love - even the weirdest kind of love - really can save us. Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer are delightful together, and the film is equal parts funny and touching.

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies (2016)

Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice doesn’t need zombies to make it captivating, but they do add a bit of novelty to Burr Steers’ oddball horror comedy, in which Elizabeth Bennett (Lily James) and Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) wage war with the undead when they’re not trading barbs - and punches - with each other. The zombie stuff is fun, but the cast is so good that after a while you’ll probably find yourself wishing the movie would focus on the romance even more than the kung fu undead violence.

Happy Death Day (2017)

A slasher version of Groundhog Day wouldn’t be complete without a love story too, and Happy Death Day provides. This smart horror comedy stars Jessica Rothe as a self-involved college student who gets murdered by a masked maniac and wakes up at the beginning of the day, reliving the same events over and over… including her (seemingly inevitable) death, until she gets it right. Rothe is an impressively charismatic star, and her chemistry with Israel Broussard, as the one person who might be able to help her out of her torment, makes the movie perfect for date night.

The Shape of Water (2017)

Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar-nominated monster romance finally gives the Creature from the Black Lagoon the romantic subplot he always deserved when a mysterious fish monster (Doug Jones) finds true love with a mute cleaning lady (Sally Hawkins). It’s as much a fairy tale as it is a horror story, but then again they are often one and the same, and del Toro is a master at wringing both sweetness and grimness out of this kind of fantastic, and fantastical, material.

What are your favorite horror movie romances? Let's discuss in the comments!

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Top 10 Greatest ROMANTIC HORROR Movies

Top 10 Romantic Horror Movies to Cuddle Up to This Valentine’s Day

The smell of love is in the air as Valentine’s Day approaches, a time for spending time with loved ones, or spending time annoyed at the couples around you. Most go for a romantic comedy, but there’s nothing wrong with celebrating Valentine’s love with some horror. If that’s the category you fit into, here’s some of the best romantic horror movies to watch snuggled up with your partner. These horror movies are all about romance, and just a few beheadings. In no particular order, here are the top 10 horror movies to watch this Valentine’s Day. 

Best Horror Movies to Watch on Valentine’s Day

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night romantic horror movie

1. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

You can’t have a list of romantic horror movies without including the monsters that basically introduced a sexy element to the horror genre: the vampire. This beautiful Iranian black and white film shows a more modern female vampire in the form of Sheila Vand, who stalks the streets of the fictional Bad City. She encounters the troubled Arash (Arash Marandi) who is dealing with his heroin-addicted father as well as debts caused by his father to his drug dealer. These two troubled beings connect and come to terms with the fact that they are both damaged and have done horrible things they are not proud of. This is definitely a slow flick, so don’t be expecting too much vampire action. 

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2. Spring (2014)

Spring starts out as a foreign romance with a jaded American man (Lou Taylor Pucci) who travels to Italy and meets the mysterious Louise (Nadia Hilker) who is harboring a dark, disgusting secret. This Lovecraftian tale, made by the duo (Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead) behind Resolution (2012) and The Endless (2017), perfectly blends romance and body horror in a refreshing way that will most likely lead to a unique twist for many. 

Let The Right One In romantic horror film

3. Let the Right One In (2008)

One of the more well-known vampire romance movies, this Swedish horror film is both beautiful and disturbing. The young Oskar (Kare Hedebrant) is frequently bullied in his school to the point of developing aggressive and violent tendencies in a very bleak, snow-covered Swedish town. He falls in love with a mysterious girl his age (Lina Leandersson) and they both find out they need each other, for nefarious reasons. This movie is brutal but still filled with the feelings of young love and friendship. 

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4. Villains (2019)

Villains takes on a more “Bonnie and Clyde” storyline, if Bonnie and Clyde were young people in 2019 and not too bright. This movie, starring the amazing Maika Monroe and Bill Skarsgard is a fun romp as a couple on a crime spree get involved with a family that may be more depraved than them. Watching the precious relationship between the two main characters is one of the best parts of this quirky horror movie, with a decently tense story that they’re trapped in. 

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5. Warm Bodies (2013)

As it turns out, you can watch a romantic comedy and still be watching a horror movie this Valentine’s Day. This bizarre zombie update to Romeo and Juliet still ends up being pretty charming if you can stomach the premise. Nicholas Hoult leads in this as the thoughtful zombie “R” who saves a girl (Teresa Palmer) from a zombie attack, starting a bizarre but wholesome relationship between the two. Their union leads to big changes in the zombie and human communities that will further warm your heart. 

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6. Byzantium (2012)

Byzantium is yet another vampire film to grace this list directed by Neil Jordan, the man behind Interview with the Vampire (1994). Led by powerful performances by Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton as mother and daughter, who pass as sisters, tied throughout time and history as vampires. They move to a coastal town and Ronan’s character, Eleanor, gets involved with a romantic friendship with a local teenager, Frank, who suffers from leukemia, while her mother, Arterton’s character Clara, starts a brothel in the derelict hotel they live in. This romantic story shows a more tragic and classical view of the vampire, while also dishing out some serious gore. 

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7. Are We Not Cats (2016)

This movie is one of the most bizarre on this list and not for the easily grossed out. This is the first feature from Xander Robin and follows the increasingly desperate life of Eli (Michael Patrick Nicholson) as he loses his job, girlfriend, and apartment on the same day. With only a delivery truck to his name, he agrees to a moving job where he meets the mysterious Anya (Chelsea Lopez). Sparks fly, but they soon find out they have one particular thing in common… a desire to eat hair. This gross body horror film will make you gag while also make you think about the strange nature of love. 

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8. Mutants (2009)

Another zombie movie on a list of romantic horror films? What? Yes, Mutants is a French film of love in the midst of the apocalypse. It’s definitively got its flaws, but it succeeds in showing a surprisingly tender relationship in the midst of zombie and human carnage. A couple hid in an isolated building as they struggle to survive. There, they meet tragedy as the man gets infected and the woman finds out she is both immune to the virus and pregnant. A good mixture of emotional romance and old fashioned zombie killing. 

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9. Honeymoon (2014)

A honeymoon at a small-town lakehouse turns into a horrific week for couple Bea (Leslie Rose) and Paul (Harry Treadaway). Bea starts disappearing in the middle of the night and acting mysteriously. It doesn’t help that Paul discovers Bea’s old love interest still lives in this town. He starts suspecting his new wife of cheating, but what’s happening in this town is not so simple. This dark body horror film will have you feeling the love, and maybe being a little suspicious of your significant other. 

10. Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

Closing off this list is one last vampire flick. Only Lovers Left Alive, stars the mysterious and dignified Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as THE Adam and Eve. Directed by the celebrated Jim Jarmusch, this is definitely one of the most unique vampire movies out there. Adam and Eve are vampire lovers who have been together for centuries. They reunite in the modern era as Adam becomes depressed with the state of humanity. Eve’s younger sister, played by Mia Wasikowska, unexpectedly arrives, stirs up trouble in their eternal romance, and threatens their lives. Only Lovers Left Alive is a great reflection on a love of humankind tied up in a cool vampire tale. 

And that’s the list of some of the best romantic horror movies to watch on Valentine’s Day! All of these movies have love stories that will stand the test of time… and have you looking for someone to grab onto in fear. What are some of your favorite romantic horror movies to watch for Valentine’s Day? Let us know in the comments.


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10 great romantic horror films

Spring (2014)

Spring is in cinemas and on BFI Player from 22 May 2015.

It first screened in the UK at the 58th BFI London Film Festival.

Is there anything more terrifying than falling in love? Your heart starts to pound, your palms begin to sweat, you can’t sleep…

Much like those special feelings that come with a new romantic dalliance, watching a horror film can also feel like venturing into the unknown. You go in blind, and just hope that you make it out in one piece. It’s no wonder that romance and horror make such perfect cinematic bedfellows.

With their latest film, Spring, which turned more than a few heads when it screened as part of the BFI London Film Festival’s Cult strand in October 2014, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead have crafted a romantic nightmare so successful in blending genres that it has been compellingly described as “Lovecraft meets Linklater”. The film follows Evan, a young man reeling from the death of his mother, who impulsively flees his home for Italy. Once there he meets a beautiful and mysterious young woman named Nadia, but as the pair become increasingly close, it becomes clear that Nadia has a dark and surprising secret that will test his feelings in ways he never imagined.

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Each of the recommendations included here is available to view in the UK.

A wildly imaginative and effortlessly surprising piece of work, Spring is a thrilling exploration of just how frightening love can be, and with this in mind let us take a look back at some other horror films with a romantic streak.

They say love hurts. Turns out it can do a lot worse than that.

The Mummy (1932)

Director Karl Freund

The Mummy (1933)

While several of Universal’s monster movies convincingly double up as love stories (The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Bride of Frankenstein and Son of Dracula being some of the more heart-rending examples), it was Karl Freund’s tale of ancient Egyptian priest Imhotep that remains the studio’s most sweepingly romantic entry. Upon discovering the tomb of a 3,700-year-old cadaver, a team of British archaeologists inadvertently revive the long dead deity. Now released, the mummy is free to pursue a young woman he believes to be the reincarnation of his long-lost love, Princess Anck-es-en-Amon.

Somewhat tame in the fright stakes, The Mummy is in many ways most successful as an epic, century-spanning romance, rather than as a traditional horror film (although the subtextual dabblings in necrophilia do maintain the power to shock). Placing the idealistic notion that love transcends time very much at the centre, Im-ho-tep remains as one of cinema’s most dependable romantic leads, hopelessly devoted to the one he loves.

Mahal (1949)

Director Kamal Amrohi

Mahal (1949)

Hugely successful in its native India upon its release in 1949, Kamal Amrohi’s ghostly tale of reincarnation is commonly regarded as the first Bollywood horror film, introducing an exciting new aesthetic to Hindi cinema of the period. After moving into a mansion with a reportedly tragic history, a man becomes obsessed with the beautiful ghost of a former resident. Like a Hindi retelling of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947), this romantic fantasy is rooted in a gothic tradition and does boast the occasional spooky moment, although it is by no means a film designed to instil terror in its viewer.

Perhaps more fittingly described as a supernatural suspense drama rather than an out-and-out horror film, Mahal is a work of exquisite beauty, its unhurried approach allowing us to wallow in the ethereal elegance of its central romance and haunting melodies of its celebrated songs.

Buio Omega (1979)

Director Joe D’Amato

Buio Omega (1979)

Also known under a host of alternative titles including Beyond the Darkness and Blue Holocaust, Joe D’Amato’s finest offering is just about the most romantic piece of gruelling exploitation ever committed to celluloid. Not for the faint of heart (or delicate of stomach), the film tells the story of a wealthy taxidermist who is left devastated by the death of his girlfriend at the voodoo-practicing hands of his maniacal housekeeper. Unable to come to terms with her passing, our heartbroken hero exhumes his beloved’s body, gives it a good clean and brings it home to live with him. Naturally, a whole host of horrors ensue.

Repeatedly banned and censored since release, this is a sleazy (and often downright nasty) piece of work, which despite the viscera on screen, is also a highly affecting study of deranged and unruly love. They say that romance is dead. This one proves it.

The Fly (1986)

Director David Cronenberg

The Fly (1986)

In his inspired revision of the 1958 monster movie of the same name, body-horror connoisseur David Cronenberg not only upped the gore quota and modernised the science, he also re-imagined the film as an unexpectedly tender and accessible love story. While working on a revolutionary teleportation device, brilliant but reclusive scientist Seth Brundle begins a love affair with journalist Veronica Quaife. But when an experiment goes horribly wrong, Seth begins a monstrous transformation which Veronica is powerless to stop.

Theorists have read the film as an allegory for addiction or a reaction to the Aids epidemic of the 1980s, but The Fly is perhaps most eloquent in its depiction of the agonies of love and the crushing disintegration of a relationship. The chemistry between the ill-fated couple is palpable (stars Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis were dating at the time of filming), while Cronenberg’s typically methodical direction gives way to flat-out melodrama by the film’s tragic denouement.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

Director Francis Ford Coppola

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

Although Francis Ford Coppola’s ravishing vision of Bram Stoker’s gothic masterpiece appeared largely faithful to the original text, the director (and screenwriter James V. Hart ) did take one or two narrative liberties, most notably in the relationship between Count Dracula and his beloved Mina. While Stoker made no reference to a history between the pair, the film has Mina as the reincarnation of his dead wife Elisabeta. As such, while previous incarnations of the count have positioned him as a saucy lothario, happy to neck whatever young beauty might cross his path, Coppola has him as a hopeless romantic, driven by his heart rather than his fangs, and forever yearning for the love he once lost.

While this added plot point might seem a harmless addition, it does fundamentally alter the entire text, making Dracula a figure to sympathise with as opposed to fear. Perhaps Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula might have been a more appropriate title?

Candyman (1992)

Director Bernard Rose

Candyman (1992)

Like The Mummy or Bram Stoker’s Dracula before it, Bernard Rose’s modern folktale offered horror cinema another broken-hearted anti-hero, whose every action is the result of a love lost and harboured for many years. Our killer this time is Daniel Robitaille, better known as Candyman, the son of a slave who was executed for impregnating a wealthy white woman during the American civil war. Years later, Candyman has become the stuff of urban legend, a hook-handed killer who supposedly appears if you repeat his name in a mirror.

The stalk-and-slash plotline may initially appear the stuff of familiar genre fare, but Rose’s masterful adaptation of the Clive Barker short story ‘The Forbidden’ is a refreshingly cerebral work, addressing issues of race, urban regeneration and the fundamental nature of fear. And among all this is Candyman himself, an endlessly tragic figure who was destroyed by love, and will stop at nothing to find it again.

Return of the Living Dead 3 (1993)

Director Brian Yuzna

Return of the Living Dead 3 (1993)

Return of the Living Dead 3 (1993)

As many horror films have taught us, death is not necessarily a good reason to end a relationship, and the third entry to the Return of the Living Dead franchise aptly demonstrates that true love never really dies. Eschewing the broad comedy of its predecessors in favour of a more melancholic tone, Brian Yuzna’s undead melodrama is one of the genre’s great underrated love stories.

Having witnessed a government operation in which the dead are being brought back to life, a grieving young man breaks into the secret laboratory to re-animate his recently deceased girlfriend. Unfortunately, her return brings with it a newfound appetite for human flesh. Loosely inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (only with an added fondness for human brains), Yuzna’s tale of two star-crossed lovers is a surprisingly sweet exploration of what it really means to stick with someone in sickness and in health.

Bride of Chucky (1998)

Director Ronny Yu

Bride of Chucky (1998)

Be it Bonnie and Clyde (1967) or Badlands (1973), True Romance (1993) or Natural Born Killers (1994), the homicidal couple is a long established cinematic tradition, offering up some of the most interesting and transgressive portrayals of on-screen love. But has there ever been a pair of killers more deranged, more wild and more crazy in love than Chucky and Tiffany?

Picking up where Child’s Play 3 (1991) left off, but boldly ditching the seriousness of its predecessors, the kitsch and campy Bride of Chucky sees everyone’s favourite Good Guy team up with his ex-lover to embark on a killing spree across Route 66. Although the basic premise is far-fetched, what makes the film so refreshing is the interaction between the diminutive lovers; like any regular couple they share similar hobbies and interests, they bicker and make up, and in one truly eye-popping scene, they even have sex. The much-maligned follow up, Seed of Chucky (2004), ramped up the comedy even further, losing the magic in the process, but this one stands as horror’s wackiest romance.

Thirst (2009)

Director Park Chan-wook

Thirst (2009)

Of all the monsters in horror cinema, none blur the line between fear and eroticism quite like the vampire. But never has vampiric sensuality been explored so tangibly as in Park Chan-wook’s libidinous Thirst, which follows the transformation of a respected priest into a ravenous creature of the night. Following a blood transfusion that brings him back from the brink of death, Sang-hyun returns to health with a craving for blood, and an insatiable lust for his friend’s wife.

Park’s existential addition to the vampire genre has much in the way of surprises, but perhaps the most striking element is the romantic connection at the centre. So rarely has romantic yearning and carnal attraction been rendered with such ferocity and frenzied immediacy. Watching these lovers explore and feast on each other’s bodies, the bloodlust of a vampire becomes the perfect metaphor for rampant sexual desire, proving how lust can make a monster of any of us.

Red, White and Blue (2010)

Director Simon Rumley

Red, White and Blue (2010)

Red, White and Blue (2010)

Morally complex and emotionally rich, Brit filmmaker Simon Rumley’s follow-up to his acclaimed debut The Living and the Dead (2006) tells the sad story of Erica, a disaffected and damaged young woman in Austin, Texas, who spends her days sleepwalking between one anonymous sexual encounter and the next. Her life seems to take a positive turn when she befriends a sociopathic army vet named Nate, but a series of tragic events soon end in destruction and violence.

Pulling no punches in its harsh depiction of unconditional love in a hopeless world, this often gruelling experience consistently takes its viewer off guard. Part love story, part revenge thriller, with a dash of slasher thrown in for good measure, Red, White and Blue may appear an unrelentingly bleak piece of work, but it is one that never stops believing in the redemptive powers of love, and hides a huge heart that beats beneath its brutal surface.

Your suggestions

Let the Right One In (2008)

Let the Right One In (2008)

To our list above, you voted to add these great loved-up horror films…

  1. Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson, 2008)
  2. Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch, 2013)
  3. The Hunger (Tony Scott, 1983)
  4. Cat People (Jacques Tourneur, 1942)
  5. Possession (Andrzej Zulawski, 1981)
  6. The Abominable Dr. Phibes (Robert Fuest, 1971)
  7. A Girl Walks Home Alone Late at Night (Ana Lily Amirpour, 2014)
  8. A Chinese Ghost Story (Ching Siu-tung, 1987)
  9. Cat People (Paul Schrader, 1982)
  10. Daughters of Darkness (Harry Kümel, 1971)

Spring’s co-director Justin Benson liked our list…

…but what did you make of it? When we asked you what we’d missed out, one film kept cropping up again and again: Tomas Alfredson’s much-loved tale of teen vampire turmoil, Let the Right One In. There was also lots of support for the loved-up vampire immortals played by Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston in Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive, with both versions of Cat People (the 1942 original and its 1982 remake) also making this week’s readers’ top 10.

Top 10 Greatest ROMANTIC HORROR Movies

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It’s the oldest trick in the book to watch a scary movie when you want to hold a certain someone tightly. There’s a scientific reason why it works.

When we’re scared, our brains pump out the feel-good chemical dopamine, the same chemical we release when we’re infatuated with someone. Your heart races and you can become addicted to that feeling—as the euphoric serotonin hormone also shoots up.

So if your relationship is lacking, getting scared with a slasher film (heck, even a super-intense drama) can boost dopamine, to give you that infatuated feeling again. The arousal from being frightened becomes mixed up with the arousal of sexual attraction. The proof’s in the science.

Here is our list of the 10 most Romantic Horror Movies to mix the best of both worlds. No sappy Twilight movies to be found here. We’ve put together the classics, the obscure and the modern to get your blood flowing this Halloween. Enjoy!


Cat People (1942)

Irena Dubrovna (Simone Simon), a New York City–based fashion designer who hails from Serbia, begins a romance with marine engineer Oliver Reed (Kent Smith). After the couple gets married, Oliver becomes concerned about Irena’s notion that she is cursed and may transform into a large cat in the heat of passion. Confiding in his beautiful assistant, Alice Moore (Jane Randolph), about his marital issues, Oliver unwittingly triggers Irena’s curse, with tragic results.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

Adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic vampire novel. Gary Oldman plays Dracula whose lonely soul is determined to reunite with his lost love, Mina (Winona Ryder). In Britain, Dracula begins a reign of terror and seduction draining the life from her closest friend, Lucy (Sadie Frost). Together they try and drive Dracula away.

Let the Right One In (2008)

When Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant), a sensitive, bullied 12-year-old boy living with his mother in suburban Sweden, meets his new neighbor, the mysterious and moody Eli (Lina Leandersson), they strike up a friendship. Initially reserved with each other, Oskar and Eli slowly form a close bond, but it soon becomes apparent that she is no ordinary young girl. Eventually, Eli shares her dark, macabre secret with Oskar, revealing her connection to a string of bloody local murders.

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Shaun (Simon Pegg) is a 30-something loser with a dull, easy existence. When he’s not working at the electronics store, he lives with his slovenly best friend, Ed (Nick Frost), in a small flat on the outskirts of London. The only unpredictable element in his life is his girlfriend, Liz (Kate Ashfield), who wishes desperately for Shaun to grow up and be a man. When the town is inexplicably overrun with zombies, Shaun must rise to the occasion and protect both Liz and his mother (Penelope Wilton).

Warm Bodies (2013)

A terrible plague has left the planet’s population divided between zombies and humans. An unusual zombie named R (Nicholas Hoult) sees his walking-dead brethren attacking a living woman named Julie (Teresa Palmer) and rescues her. Julie sees that R is different from the other zombies, and the pair embark on an unusual relationship. As their bond grows and R becomes more and more human, a chain of events unfolds that could transform the entire lifeless world.

Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

Artistic, sophisticated and centuries old, two vampire lovers (Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston) ponder their ultimate place in modern society.

The Fly (1986)

When scientist Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) completes his teleportation device, he decides to test its abilities on himself. Unbeknownst to him, a housefly slips in during the process, leading to a merger of man and insect. Initially, Brundle appears to have undergone a successful teleportation, but the fly’s cells begin to take over his body. As he becomes increasingly fly-like, Brundle’s girlfriend (Geena Davis) is horrified as the person she once loved deteriorates into a monster.

The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)

In a desperate attempt to reach his ill wife, organist Anton Phibes (Vincent Price) is horrifically disfigured in a car accident and presumed dead. When he learns that his wife died during an operation, Phibes blames her surgeons and plots an elaborate revenge to punish them for their incompetence. With the help of a mute assistant (Virginia North), Phibes creates a mask resembling his own face and murders the surgeons one by one using bizarre methods inspired by the biblical plagues.

What Lies Beneath (2000)

It had been a year since Dr. Norman Spencer (Harrison Ford) betrayed his beautiful wife Claire (Michelle Pfeiffer). But with Claire oblivious to the truth, Norman’s life and marriage seem so perfect that when Claire tells him of hearing mysterious voices and seeing a young woman’s image in their home, he dismisses her terror as delusion. Claire moves closer to the truth and it becomes clear that this apparition will not be dismissed, and has come back for Dr. Spencer and his beautiful wife.

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

A young wife comes to believe that her offspring is not of this world. Waifish Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow) and her struggling actor husband Guy (John Cassavetes) move to a New York City apartment building with an ominous reputation and odd neighbors Roman and Minnie Castavet (Sidney Blackmer, Ruth Gordon). When Rosemary becomes pregnant she becomes increasingly isolated, and the diabolical truth is revealed only after Rosemary gives birth.


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The horror genre is one of the most versatile when it comes to genre-crossing and blurring the boundaries of what a movie genre can explore. This is no more evident than in how horror movies seamlessly lend themselves to exploring the romantic drama alongside an exploration of the terrifying.

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Whether it is for the vulnerability or the intensity, there is something about romance and horror that complement each other. While there are horror films that may just throw in a relationship as a plot device, there are others that truly combine romantic drama with the terrifying world of the horror movie. It is these rare movies that can be equally as terrifying as they are romantic.

10 The Lodgers (2017) - 5.1

The Lodgers takes place in rural Ireland during the Irish War of Independence and introduces twins, Rachel (Charlotte Vega) and Edward (Bill Milner). The twins are resigned to a life trapped inside the walls of their dilapidated family estate, forever under the control of "the lodgers."

Rachel desires an escape, while her brother Edward has acquiesced to his fate. Rachel meets and falls for Sean, a returning soldier, and begins to see a chance of escape for herself. Sean represents an opportunity of freedom for Rachel and so begins a series of events that anger both Edward and the lodgers, and puts everyone at risk.

9 After Midnight (2019) - 5.4

After Midnight follows Hank, a 30-something-year-old male who finds himself suddenly single and alone after his girlfriend of 10 years, Abby, leaves unexpectedly. Heartbroken, he pines for Abby and reminisces about their relationship through a series of romantic flashbacks.

Abby’s departure soon becomes the least of Hank’s worries, though, as an unseen monster appears in the woods and begins to terrorize Hank’s house. After Midnight is the study of a relationship between two people who have settled into a comfortable existence and begin to realize that their dreams and desires do not align, combined with a thrilling monster-story.

8 Sun Don't Shine (2012) - 6.1

The 2012 movie Sun Don’t Shine follows an intense road trip between a couple, Crystal (Kate Lyn Sheil) and Leo (Kentucker Audley). The atmosphere of this trip starts out tense and uneasy and becomes increasingly ominous, as the couple progress on their journey toward their new future together.

The events that have led Crystal and Leo to this moment are slowly revealed as the couple drive on, and audiences slowly learn the reason for their trip. The film explores a complex relationship and the lengths that one individual will go to to help another.

7 Spring (2014) - 6.7

Spring follows Evan, a young American who, after a bereavement, decides he needs a change in his environment and finds himself traveling to Italy. In the south of Italy, Evan meets the elusive Louise and becomes determined to get to know her.

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As Evan wins Louise over, the terrible secret underpinning their relationship is slowly uncovered. Spring is the story of two young people from different parts of the world who happen to find each other and fall in love, as well as a monster horror film that questions whether love can overcome even the most terrifying obstacles.

6 Beast (2017) - 6.8

Beast revolves around 27-year-old Moll Huntford (Jessie Buckley) following a series of murders on the island of Jersey, targeting women of Moll’s age. The entire community is on edge when Moll meets Pascal (Johnny Flynn).

As Moll and Pascal’s relationship blossoms, her family remain entirely unsupportive. The worst part, however, is that many consider Pascal to be a suspect in the murders that have shaken the island community. Moll and Pascal must navigate their relationship, while staying safe from the many external threats to themselves and their relationship.

5 A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (2014) - 7.0

Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is set in an Iranian ghost-town called Bad City and follows the Girl (Sheila Vand). The Girl is a lonely young vampire who roams the streets alone at night in search of prey, and one night meets the equally lonely, Arash.

The bond between the Girl and Arash grows, and they soon team up to escape their lives together. The Girl is both an isolated teenager and a ruthless predator, who moves between being the villain and the heroine in a horror film that is more focused on the complexities of the individual than it is on good and evil.

4 Thelma (2017) - 7.0

The 2017 Norwegian supernatural horror Thelma follows the title character (Eili Harboe) who moves to Oslo to attend university. She begins to escape her sheltered life as she gets to know fellow student, Anja (Kaya Wilkins). As Thelma discovers a growing attraction to Anja, a number of inexplicable catastrophic events start to happen around her.

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Thelma is thrown into unfamiliar territory both in her overwhelming desire for Anja and in the sudden powers that she cannot control. Thelma simultaneously begins to discover herself and a world of dangerous supernatural powers.

3 Thirst (2009) - 7.1

The 2009 Korean horror movie  Thirst introduces Sang-Hyun (Song Kang-ho) a respected and devoted Roman-Catholic priest who, through no fault of his own, becomes a vampire. Sang-Hyun then meets and falls in love with Tae-Ju, as he tries to navigate his newfound existence.

The relationship between Tae-Ju and Sang-Hyun exposes how they are fundamentally different in their morals and their approach to their new life. What follows is the study of a relationship between two entirely different individuals who find themselves facing the same fate together.

2 Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) - 7.4

Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel stays true to the co-existing romance and horror of the source text. Having never recovered from the death of his beloved wife Elisabeta, Dracula (Gary Oldman) sets out to track down Mina Murray (Winona Ryder), whom he believes to be the reincarnation of his late wife.

In one of the most iconic vampire tales, the formidable Dracula will stop at nothing to regain his lost love. Alongside Dracula’s ruthlessness and manipulation, the movie presents the tale of an everlasting love that transcends lifetimes.

1 Let The Right One In (2008) - 7.9

The Swedish horror Let The Right One In is a tender romantic teen-drama of two outcast 12-year-olds who find solace in each other. The film follows Oskar as he meets his new next-door neighbor Eli, and the two gradually become friends.

Despite the fact that Eli feeds on human blood and Oskar fantasizes about murder, the two teenagers form a tender and innocent relationship that gives them both a sense of belonging. Let Me In, the American adaptation of the film was released in 2010, starring Chloe Grace Moretz.

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