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14 Valentine’s Day Horror Movies to Keep Your Blood Pumping

14 Valentine’s Day Horror Movies to Keep Your Blood Pumping

by Jessica Gomez on February 12th, 2019 | |

Fear and love are so closely related in the human brain that they give us extremely similar physical reactions. Film directors have been taking advantage of this since the origins of horror cinema, mixing sex, attraction and murder to keep our senses heightened at every possible moment. It makes perfect sense to us why horror movies are the best option for a romantic evening in. This Valentine’s Day, check out some of these love-themed horror movies with your sweetie.

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

This black and white Iranian vampire film is as stylish as it is romantic. Once spending her nights alone stalking the people on the streets of her bleak hometown to feast on their blood, The Girl meets her match in Arash and finds that it is possible for her to find love. Bonus – it’s a female directed horror (Ana Lily Amirpour), so Women in Horror Month is the perfect time to watch!

2. Audition (1999)

Sometimes love goes wrong, and sometimes trying to force it makes it even worse. A businessman decides to hold auditions for what women think is a movie, but he’s actually looking for a wife. The one he is enamored with isn’t exactly who she appears to be – if you think he’s the creep in this scenario, you’re right, but let’s just say he’s gotten in a bit over his head. If your significant other isn’t as big of a horror buff as you are, you may want to warn them about the graphic nature of this one before viewing.

3. The Faculty (1998)

The faculty members at Herrington High seem to be acting strange, and Zeke (Josh Hartnett) wants to get to the bottom of it as his schoolmates seem to follow suit and the bodies begin to rack up. An alien invasion that serves as a typical teen movie – everyone who you want to be coupled up gets together by the end. Awww.

4. The Strangers (2008)

A couple who has been having marriage trouble is targeted by a group of mask-wielding strangers who have chosen them at random to torture. This one is hard to watch as the couple realizes too late that they do truly care for each other, and to say it tugs at your heart strings is an understatement. It just so happens that you’re also completely freaked out at the same time.

5. Urban Legend (1998)

Someone on a college campus is committing heinous murders inspired by urban legends. Scream Queen Danielle Harris makes an appearance as the roommate with a hot date that turns fatal (and don’t forget that Robert Englund has a cameo as a college professor!) The sexual tension between Jared Leto and Alicia Witt is palpable, especially because the viewer is never sure if we can trust his character. We eventually learn that the reason for all the murder is love – and revenge.

6. It Follows (2014)

A murderous entity is passed from person to person through sexual contact, like the world’s worst STD. The only way to get the entity to stop coming after you is to keep having sex and pass it on, but if they kill the next person in line, they’re coming after you next. Keir Gilchrist makes the ultimate sacrifice for the person he cares for the most. Let this be a lesson to you all before you go without protection.

7. Zombieland (2009)

Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) doesn’t have great luck when it comes to women – when his neighbor finally pays attention to him, she turns into a zombie! The ensuing zombie apocalypse doesn’t leave much time for love, but when Columbus spots Wichita (Emma Stone), he can think of little else than how to get her to see him as more than a travel partner. This is a fun movie for Valentine’s Day because it doesn’t take itself too seriously and it’s really a love story more than anything else. What could be more intimate than a professional scammer sharing her real name?

8. Jennifer’s Body (2009)

Another female-led horror (written by Diablo Cody and directed by Karyn Kusama), this body horror begins with Jennifer (Megan Fox) being targeted by a rockstar she likes for a satanic sacrifice. Problem is, Jennifer comes back from the dead, and she’s not quite the same. Jennifer uses her sexual prowess to entice boys, but what she uses them for is to satiate her bloodthirsty appetite to stay young and beautiful. She also wants her friend Needy all to herself, and Needy has to do everything she can to protect her boyfriend and herself from Jennifer’s cannibalistic ways.

9. Natural Born Killers (1994)

Woody Harrelson & Juliette Lewis star as a couple with sordid pasts that take their demons and embrace them with murder and sexual deviance. They begin a cross-country killing spree, leaving one person alive at each murder to tell the tale and let their infamy live on. True love never dies.

10. What Lies Beneath (2000)

An adulterous man’s wife can’t figure out if she’s haunted or just insane, but she begins to put the pieces together about what happened to his former mistress. He can’t have that, and suddenly there are multiple people that his wife has to look out for. There’s no real love to be had in this psychological thriller, but it does serve as a cautionary tale of what can happen when you don’t stay on the straight and narrow.

11. Nina Forever (2015)

After a man’s girlfriend dies, he goes through a grieving period, but eventually finds love again. The trouble is, Nina isn’t ready to let go. Every time he attempts to have sex with his new girlfriend, Nina appears in her deadened state and he and his girlfriend have to deal with her ghastly presence. It’ll make you think twice about getting your significant other’s name tattooed on you.

12. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

Seduction and true love are major themes in this film based on the famous novel. Dracula attempts to seduce Mina (Winona Ryder), but several relationships are examined in this sexy vampire thriller. It begs the question – what would you do for love?

13. Valentine (2001)

Once a school nerd who was treated unfairly, Jeremy seeks vengeance on everyone who wronged him years prior. When the people who treated him badly start to receive strange cards and gifts for Valentine’s Day, they start to put the pieces together about who their admirer is, and what he plans to do with them as revenge. A fun and campy thriller with the perfect holiday theme.

14. My Bloody Valentine (1981)

We’ll end the list with an absolute classic. Harry was committed to a mental hospital twenty years ago after an accident in a mine that left him mentally unstable, but the sheriff discovers that Harry isn’t confined anymore as the station receives a bloody heart and the bodies start to pile up. A true horror film for Valentine’s Day.

There you have it – lust, love, and heartbreak all wrapped into horror. What horror film do you plan to watch this Valentine’s Day?



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