My 5 Favorite Romantic Horror Movies

Don’t get me wrong, I am all about romance in relationships, but I severely dislike Valentine’s Day. It’s a made up holiday designed to boost jewelry, chocolate and flower sales, not to mention the pressure it puts on people to have a romantic partner. If I had my way we would just have a second Halloween, but since that will never happen, I watch romantic horror movies with my husband on February 14th instead.

Here are my 5 favorites currently:

Bones & All (2022)

Based on the 2015 novel of the same name, “Bones and All” is about two young cannibals Maren and Lee that find each other while trying to figure out why they are the way they are. They develop feelings for each other while road tripping across the country, trying to avoid another older cannibal who is obsessed with Maren. It’s romantic, bloody and different which is why it’s one of my favorites.

Warm Bodies (2013)

Another film that is an adaptation of a book of the same name, “Warm Bodies” is a wonderfully gory romantic comedy told from a zombies perspective. The film focuses on the development of the relationship between Julie, a young woman, and R, a zombie. After R eats the brains of Julies boyfriend, causing him to see the boyfriends memories. Julie and R eventually fall in love, and that causes R to come back to life and be human again.

The Shape of Water (2017)

Okay, okay, I know that this technically isn’t a horror movie, but the fact that it was directed by Guillermo del Toro and it has a “monster” in it counts in my book. With that being said, “The Shape of Water” is set in 1962 Maryland where a mute woman named Elisa who is a cleaning lady at a high-security government laboratory, and a captured humanoid amphibian start a strange romance. I think it is a unique story that had to be on this list.

Bride of Chucky (1998)

One of my all time favorite horror movie couples is Chucky and Tiffany, albeit that they are highly dysfunctional and well, dolls. “Bride of Chucky” is the third movie in the “Child’s Play” series and the plot deviates away from the Andy Barclay story line. Instead, we find Chucky ending up in the hands of Charles Lee Ray’s former girlfriend Tiffany Valentine when she bribes a police officer to steal Chucky dismembered doll parts and bring them to her. She puts him back together, and does the voodoo ritual to bring him back to life, which unfortunately for her, turns out bad when he kills her and places her soul in a similar female doll. It’s crazy, funny and will always be on this list.

Crimson Peak (2015)

Yet another wonderful film by Guillermo del Toro, Crimson Peak is a gothic romance film about an aspiring writer who ignores a warning she receives from the ghost of her mother telling her to “beware of Crimson Peak”, meets and quickly gets married to an inventor from England. She then travels back to England with him to live in his gothic mansion named you guessed it, Crimson Peak after the blood red clay that covers the landscape on his property. Once there, she starts seeing ghosts everywhere that are clearly trying to tell her something just like her mother did, and she must solve the mysteries the mansion holds about her new husband and his sister before it is too late to do so.

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