Top 10 Valentine’s Day Horror Films, by Kate Voss
Sitting down to a bowl of popcorn and a romantic movie, possibly with your significant other, is a great way to spend the most romantic day of the year, Valentine’s Day. You know what’s even better, though? Watching a classic, gruesome slasher film with a hint of romance. Here are the top 10 horror films to watch on Valentine’s Day for all those sickos out there.
10. Jennifer’s Body (2009)
For the horror fans who want a few laughs thrown in with bloody flesh-filled vomit, and would enjoy a demonic Adam Brody and an almost-romantic encounter between Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer’s Body is the perfect film for this Valentine’s Day. Megan Fox plays the popular cheerleader Jennifer, who gets sacrificed by Nikolai (Brody) in an attempt gone-wrong to make his band wildly successful. Spoiler alert: she’s not as virginal as she claimed to be. The living-dead cheerleader then goes on to eat a large portion of her high school.
9. Fatal Attraction (1987)
Starring Michael Douglas and Glenn Close, Fatal Attraction is precautionary tale of infidelity. When you are married and have a one-night stand with a crazy person, bad things are bound to happen. While this might be a touchy subject to watch with your significant other on the most romantic day of the year, it features stellar acting by Close. The classic is available to view on Amazon Instant Video and DirecTV.
8. Eden Lake (2008)
This british horror flick transforms a romantic weekend by the lake into gruesome bloodshed. It all begins when Jenny and her boyfriend Steve escape to Eden Lake. Expecting to be alone, they are shocked when they are confronted by a gang of violent and incredibly creepy children. Imagine the Evil Dead mixed with The Hunger Games. You can view this entertaining Brit horror classic on Netflix.
7. Lovers Lane (1999)
You know those films where you can’t help but scream at the characters to stop from walking into that creepy, dark room alone, or grabbing a beer from that deserted garage? Yeah, this is one of those films. Lovers Lane is the paramount movie which films like Scary Movie later parodied. The film follows a serial killer on Valentine’s Day who escapes prison and seeks revenge on the children of his earlier victims.
6. Love Object (2003)
This film is essentially the horror version of Lars and the Real Girl . Socially awkward Kenneth orders a realistic, life-size sex doll off the internet and forms this strange obsession with her. His newfound insight into love attracts the attention of Lisa, one of his co-workers. In an attempt to make Lisa more like his imagined doll, he takes matters into his own hands. The film is a love-triangle between reality and fantasy.
5. May (2002)
May is a strange, lonely young women who one day meets Adam, whom she instantly falls for. They briefly date, but when Adam notices her bizarre behavior, he breaks up with her. To pour salt in the wound, her co worker, Polly, also rejects May. In response, she sets out to build herself a brand new friend who won’t leave her…built using bits and pieces from all her acquaintances.
4. The Loved Ones (2009)
Prom night gets a little out of control when Brent politely turns down his classmate, Lola, when she asks him to the dance. Apparently this slight rejection was a big mistake. What should have been a fun, high school dance, instead turns into a terrifying soiree with drills, lobotomies and his chest carved into the shape of a heart. You can view this more recent film on Amazon Instant Video.
3. Valentine (2001)
Back in 1988, five popular girls reject Jeremy, the social outcast in school, after he asks them each to go to the school dance. Years later, while preparing for Valentine’s Day activities, five women (including Denise Richards and Katherine Heigl) are stalked by a killer in a cupids mask. As they start getting plucked off one by one, after receiving death threats in the form of romantic Valentine’s cards, you have to wonder: is the killer Jeremy?
2. Misery (1990)
In one of Stephen King’s finer and more popular works, Misery, not only spurred Kathy Bates career, but also set the pace for later psychological thrillers. In King’s story, a famous author gets stranded in a blizzard while on his way to his Colorado hideaway. After being rescued by a former nurse named Annie (Bates), who coincidentally is the author’s number one fan, we learn that Annie is not the saving grace he thought she was. You can stream this classic on Directv.com/ or conveniently on Netflix, along with a few other Stephen King film adaptions. King later came out to say that this story represented his struggle with substance abuse.
1. My Bloody Valentine (1981)
Referring to the original My Bloody Valentine, not the 2009 3D remake, this is quite possibly the best horror movie to watch on this national holiday. Combining the eeriness of coal mining masks, the romance of Valentine’s Day and lots and lots of blood, this film is reportedly Quentin Tarantino’s favorite slasher film.