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10 best Valentine's Day horror movies

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Valentine's Day is only 2 days away. Are you stuck for ideas on how to spend the occasion?

For many, a romantic movie is a no-brainer way to mark February 14th, but for horror movie fans, those sickeningly sweet tales can be a bit much to take. Luckily, there are plenty of scary movies that can mark the occasion as well.

Whether you're in a committed relationship or single, a hopeless romantic or cynical to the ways of love, horror movie lovers have a wide range of movies to watch on Valentine's Day.

We've compiled a list of the best (and best worst) movies that cover affairs of the heart, or just directly reference the holiday itself.

Without further ado, let's begin:

10. 'Shivers' (1975)
10. 'Shivers' (1975) Still image from David Cronenberg's 'Shivers'

10. 'Shivers' (1975)

'Shivers' marked the debut of director David Cronenberg, and like many of his film's it explored the fine line between what's beautiful and grotesque about human sexuality.

The plot involves a venereal disease that causes uncontrollable sexual desire in its victims. Partly scary and part dark comedy, it's an unforgettable cult classic.

9. 'Zombieland' (2009)
9. 'Zombieland' (2009) Emma Stone and Jesse Eisenberg in 'Zombieland'

9. 'Zombieland' (2009)

Not even a zombie apocalypse can stop young love between Wichita (Emma Stone) and Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) in the horror-comedy 'Zombieland.' It manages to be sweet without being sappy, thanks to the gore and comedic tone.

8. 'Dead Ringers' (1988)
8. 'Dead Ringers' (1988) Jeremy Irons plays deranged twins in 'Dead Ringers'

8. 'Dead Ringers' (1988)

David Cronenberg's second entry on our countdown is a truly bizarre love triangle.

'Dead Ringers' is based on the true story of twin brothers, both of whom are gynecologists. When they both become romantically involved with the same patient it leads into a downward spiral of drug abuse and madness.

 

7. 'Candyman' (1992)
7. 'Candyman' (1992) Tony Todd and Virginia Madsen in 'Candyman'

7. 'Candyman' (1992)

'Candyman' is a filmic adaptation of a Clive Barker novella. 

When a grad student investigating urban legends discovers the supernatural killer 'The Candyman' truly exists, they develop an unsettling romantic chemistry.

6' 'The Vanishing' (1988)
6' 'The Vanishing' (1988) Still image from 'The Vanishing'

6' 'The Vanishing' (1988)

How far would you go to uncover the mystery of your missing lover? That is the question the excellent and unsettling Dutch thriller 'The Vanishing' poses.

When Rex Hoffman meets a man who claims to be responsible for his girlfriend's disappearance, he must agree to experience exactly she went through. This leads into one of the most disturbing finales in film history.

 

5. 'Cat People' (1942)
5. 'Cat People' (1942) 'Cat People' movie poster

5. 'Cat People' (1942)

This black and white atmospheric masterpiece tells the story of Irena Dubrovna, a woman who is convinced she turns into a panther when she becomes sexually aroused, therefore incapable of romantic relationships.

Despite this, she meets Oliver, who proposes marriage. He thinks she's only troubled; surely a were-cat can't be real. Right?

'Cat People' was later remade in the 80's, and is one of the better horror remakes.

Click here for our list of best horror remakes.  

4. 'Hospital Massacre' aka 'Be My Valentine Or Else' (1982)
4. 'Hospital Massacre' aka 'Be My Valentine Or Else' (1982) Movie teaser for 'Hospital Massacre'

4. 'Hospital Massacre' aka 'Be My Valentine Or Else' (1982)

'Hospital Massacre' is a hopelessly cheesy horror movie, but it's a fun guilty pleasure.

An ostracized teenager who's spurned on Valentine's Day, grows up into a deranged psychopath, intent on murdering the woman who turned him down all those years ago.

 

3. 'Let The Right One In' (2008)
3. 'Let The Right One In' (2008) Still image from 'Let The Right One In'

3. 'Let The Right One In' (2008)

Part vampire story, part coming of age tale, and part heartbreaking love story, 'Let The Right One In' is one of the most beautiful and compelling horror movies in recent memory.

When a young boy befriends a girl new to his apartment building he finds out she is an old soul in more ways than one. Is she a friend? Enemy? Protector?

These are the questions that will play on your mind long after the film has ended.

 

2. 'The Bride Of Frankenstein' (1935)
2. 'The Bride Of Frankenstein' (1935) 'The Bride Of Frankenstein'

2. 'The Bride Of Frankenstein' (1935)

No romantic horror movie list is complete without the 'The Bride Of Frankenstein.'

When Dr. Frankenstein creates an undead mate for his monstrous creation, the unthinkable happens; she rejects the very creature she was reanimated to love.

Unrequited romance doesn't get any more pronounced than this.

1. 'My Bloody Valentine' (1981)
1. 'My Bloody Valentine' (1981) The coal miner killer from 'My Bloody Valentine.'

1. 'My Bloody Valentine' (1981)

'My Bloody Valentine' is far from a great film. But for its hammy title and premise, it's the go to film for Valentine's Day horror movies.

A Valentine's Day dance is the setting for a series of murders from a deranged killer who wears a mining mask and helmet (it's set in a Canadian mining town.)

Full of bad one-liners and hammy acting, it remains a hilarious B-movie romp.

So that's our list of the best Valentine's Day horror movies. Which would you add to the list?

And yes, we realize that 'Valentine' is a notable exclusion, but given its poorly crafted nature, we left that dud off the list.

 

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