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  • Writer's pictureAbby Brenker

The Best Valentine's Day Horror Films

Valentine’s Day-themed horror movies may seem like an odd juxtaposition of ideals, but once you know the dark history of Valentine's Day, you realize they go hand in hand.

Let’s chat through some of the best love-themed horror movies out there.

The Love Witch (2016) I have strong and positive memories of the first time I saw The Love Witch. I spent $3 on my ticket at Syndicated in Brooklyn, NY. I brought a big group of friends because I was sure viewing this film would be a profound experience. And I was right. Directed by Anna Biller and starring Samantha Robinson, The Love Witch tells the story of a witch who uses ritual spells to incite love. The best part of this film is the pulp novel aesthetic.

Raising Cain (1992) I’m a mega-fan of Brian De Palma films, especially his films like this. Raising Cain explores the extreme side of love and possession. De Palma wrote and directed Raising Cain, which stars John Lithgow (always a treat). Raising Cain is for the extreme and unstable lovers out there.

My Bloody Valentine (1981) This film, and its 2009 remake, usually top lists of the best Valentine’s Day horror films. My Bloody Valentine tells the story of a local urban legend, in the form of a killer, that comes to be on Valentine’s Day. It was directed by George Mihalka and starred Lori Hallier and Paul Kelman.

Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) A different vibe for the gentle lovers. Picnic at Hanging Rock is based on an Australian historical fiction novel by Joan Lindsay. It’s an Australian film famous for its soft and dreamy visuals. Picnic at Hanging Rock tells the story of a group of school girls from the Victorian Era who are taken on a picnic by the headmistress of their private school. It sounds like a lovely day until something upsetting happens….

Valentine (2001) I love an early 2000s slasher movie. Valentine has a star-studded cast, including Denise Richards, Katherine Heigl, and David Boreanaz. It was directed by Jamie Blanks and tells the story of four young women looking for love on Valentine’s Day.

Even if celebrating Valentine’s Day isn’t your thing, these films transcend the holiday they are associated with.

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