Horror for the Weekend: Valentine’s Edition

It’s Valentine’s Day, and we’ve planned you the perfect romantic day with food, gifts, and trips to abandoned theme parks. But perhaps you want to extend the romantic atmosphere all weekend with some suitably love themed horror. We have a few suggestions for you.

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The Loved Ones is an Australian film which has been described as John Hughes inspired torture porn. It follows an awkward teenage girl named Lola, who asks Brent to the school dance, only to be rejected. Lola, with the help of Daddy, set up a special private dance just for Lola and Brent. And Daddy will do anything to make his Princess happy.

The film is quite shocking and relentless in its brutality. A scene can switch between touching moments, like Brent and Lola slow dancing in a prom meant only for them…before switching to hard-to-watch violence like Brent getting his feet nailed to the floor.

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Zombie Honeymoon is an oddly touching movie, despite it’s title conjuring up images of campy B-Movies. It centres around the doomed love story of Denise and Danny Zanders, whose honeymoon is disrupted by an attack that turns Danny into a zombie. Denise is torn between her desire to protect her husband and her revulsion at what he is becoming. The film actually comes from a dark emotional place, with Writer/director David Gebroe being inspired by the sudden death of his brother in law.

Shortly after Gebroe completed his first feature film, The Homeboy, in March 2002, his younger sister’s husband died in a surfing accident. Many of the details in the movie mirror his sister’s story, including his sister Denise’s art and her plan to move to Portugal with her husband, Danny. Gebroe was inspired by her experience to write a movie which, in his words, is “about how terrifying it is to dedicate yourself wholly and completely to a relationship in the knowledge that one day that person might be taken from you just like that.” Gebroe told horror fansite Hollywood Gothique in 2005 that “Above everything else, [the film]…was kind of a valentine to her strength, her ability to get through her grief and keep moving in life.” His choice of zombies to represent “the cruel hand of fate” was inspired both by the psychobilly music which his sister and her husband enjoyed and by the 1979 film Zombie by Lucio Fulci, which he and his sister saw as young children.

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Bride of Frankenstein is the most famous monster love story of all time. The sequel to Frankenstein, directed by James Whale (this film being considered his masterpiece), picks up right after the events of the first movie with the Monster surviving his encounter with the villagers. In the sequel, Henry Frankenstein  is forced to create a mate for the Monster in order to save his own wife Elizabeth (Valerie Hobson). This leads to one of the most famous scenes in the movie when the Monster’s Bride is also terrified of the Monster and rejects him.

All the events in the film are pushed ahead because of love or the lack of. This Universal Classic is the epitome of rejected love. The Monster is rejected by the only one who he could love and could love him back.

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May is a lonely and odd child with a lazy eye. May only had one friend which was a glass enclosed doll named Suzie. As an adult, May tries to make interactions with others but lacks the social skills necessary to make a proper connection, until she meets Adam. May works in a school for disabled children and really likes working with blind children until they accidentally break Suzie. This coincides with Adam rejecting her for being too weird. All of it proves to be too much for May who begins her murderous rampage, collecting body parts of people to Frankenstein a new friend from qualities she adores in others.

It’s a touching, but gruesome story of rejection an being an outcast, which really gets you invested in the central character.

Have a great Valentines Weekend!

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