It’s officially February which means two things: valentine’s day or galentine’s day and Black History Month. For this, we are going to be looking at the former. Within horror, we have tons of subgenres from supernatural to slasher, paranormal, comedies and there are some that have themes of love. Lost love, love gone bad, obsessed love which is a big no no by the way, these and others are themes of quite a few horror films if you sit and think about it. I only picked ten, there are much more out there but this is a mixed bag. I think there is something for everyone in this list.
Most of these I have seen and there’s one that hopefully I get the chance to find and watch. And remember, this is not a ranking, these are just listed!
1. My Bloody Valentine (1981) / My Bloody Valentine 3D (2009)
2. Candyman (1992)
3. Ganja & Hess (1973)
4. It Follows (2014)
5. Warm Bodies (2013)
6. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
7. The Fly (1986)
8. Valentine (2000)
9. Fright Night (1985)
10. Bride of Chucky (1998)
So why did I pick these ten films? Well, at the core, most of them are about relationships (platonic, romantic) or downright stalker-ish or obsession. Love is a mixture of all sorts of emotions from happiness to sadness, guilt, repression, dark secrets. You breathe it in, you need it as a part of your life and it makes you feel like you belong.
It’s interesting that 3 of the films (Ganja & Hess, Dracula and Fright Night) are all vampire films, which… we can inform ourselves how vampiric themes are all about repression, sexuality or sexual themes, seductive, etc. We have slashers like Bride of Chucky, My Bloody Valentine and Valentine, lost or obsessed love with Candyman and The Fly but we have a comedy in Warm Bodies, and It Follows takes the idea of sexual themes in teen themed horror of “love” to have consequences. Each of these films are variable in all sorts of subgenres.
These movies were chosen for variety, also fitting a theme of love in some regard and the only one I will have to see on my own time Valentine. I remember when this movie was coming out, it was in that realm of early 2000s horror based around teens/young adults which kinda started back up again with Scream, I Know What You Did…, Urban Legend, it was definitely in that same bubble.
If there are any movies that could be included (just thought about The Love Witch), leave them in a comment, especially if it’s something I might be into watching! I am into a lot of horror movies so enjoy February, Valentine’s Day and all that and stay safe as possible guys! I’ll see you guys next week!
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