Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Romantic Scary Movies

Cuddle up on the couch with these romantic, heart stopping films. 

King Kong - The ultimate love story.  Ape meets girl, ape falls for girl, ape abducts girl and climbs to the top of the Empire State Building to allegedly propose to girl.  Too bad he got shot down by airplanes, but maybe he was saved from the embarrassment of getting shot down by Faye Wray as well. 

Bride of Frankenstein - Matchmaking gone awry.  Dr. Frankenstein only wants to make his creation happy so he tries to fix him up with the kick ass hot spooky looking chick with fab hair that he made especially for him.  Only oops, she only has eyes (whose eyes we don't know) for the doctor.     

Bram Stoker's Dracula - I think this is the most romantic of the many Dracula films.  Here we have a love triangle, but you can hardly blame Gary Oldman.  I mean Dracula. He is only trying to reconcile with his beloved Elizabeta.  I mean seduce Mina.  How can you blame Gary Oldman for anything anyway? If that pesky marriage to Keanu, I mean Jonathan Harker, hadn't occured and perhaps if Gary Oldman, I mean Dracula, hadn't sired Lucy, things could have worked out. What woman doesn't want to get swept away to a castle in Transylvania with Gary Oldman? (I mean Dracula.)

Cloverfield - Whatever your feelings for this movie, if I was trapped in a building and an ex  risked his life to save me, he'd definitely warrant a second chance.  Personally, I enjoyed this movie and although (spoiler alert) the couple died at the end, I was very touched by the last scene when they are trying to take refuge under a tunnel in Central Park.  She is terrified and her hero calms her down by telling her to only look at him and then they declare their love. 

Ghost - Well it had some scary scenes, like the pottery wheel scene...I mean like the shades coming to get the bad guys.  Okay, it was mostly a romantic comedy thriller, with some spooky stuff.

Shaun of the Dead - Poor Shaun.  When a zombie outbreak occurs, he is caught between wanting to please his best friend who wants to hole up in the pub for his own selfish reasons and wanting to save the life of his ex-girlfriend.  So the decision, go get his ex on the way to the pub.  Problem solved right?  Wrong.  Shaun and his friends have to fight off zombies every step of the way and the great plan of holing up in the watering hole, wasn't as secure as they had hoped.  Again, here is a story where the protagonist proves his worth, not only to his ex girlfriend but to himself as well.  Shaun, his girlfriend and his undead friend then live happily ever after.

Let Me In - Here we have the opposite of usual vamp stories, in which the immortal man finds his soul mate.  This time, Abby is the age old creature and although she warns her neighbor Owen that they can't be friends, they are drawn to each other.  Another unique aspect of the story is that Owen is a child and Abby has never aged from being one.  In my opinion, this is a bittersweet love story with many layers and depth.  It's about loyalty, trust and having to depend on someone.

Phantom of the Opera - Someone told me that when Phantom of the Opera first came out in movies, people actually fainted in the theatres when the Phantom revealed his face.  Audiences may be a bit more jaded now, and certain Goth girls may actually prefer the Phantom, but back then it was the dreaded love triangle plot.

The Crow - This romantic, dark tale introduces us to Eric, who comes back from the dead to avenge the murder of his fiance and his own.  Brandon Lee plays a perfect, dark hero and unfortunately art imitates life and the young actor is killed during production. 

Zombieland - Say everyone you know turns into a zombie, lowering the dating pool significantly.  Maybe you think you'll be alone forever or at least with your kind of kooky companion.  Lo and behold you finally meet a girl (or guy, whatever) but she wants nothing to do with you.  What do you do?  How do you melt her heart?  Weren't you paying attention to the Shaun of the Dead plot?  You save her from zombies of course! 

What romantic love story gets your heart racing in fear?

~King Kong movie poster-See page for author [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons, http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f3/Kingkongposter.jpg
~Phantom of the Opera movie poster-See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons, http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/53/Phantom_of_the_opera_1925_poster.jpg
~Cloverfield-By paul (dex) bica from toronto, canada (cloverfield) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons


Bark At The Ghouls said...

I love your list. I've seen most of them and would like to add Near Dark starring a very young Adrian Pasdar. It's violent and sexy and I thought it was super romantic. It's a vampire flick, before vampires became the sexy things they mostly are today.

Smash Attack Ash said...

Your descriptions were SO FUN! I giggled immensely at this post. I love SO many of these movies. And Gary Oldman as Dracula = WIN! I also liked Cloverfield and that bridge scene was very touching.

Julie@My5monkeys said...

Great list...what about Misery or the stand as good movies too. Nodding my head along with all of those choices. I love the Zombie Alice movies too..there was a hint of romance in the first one and last one too :)

Midnyte Reader said...

@barklesswagmore-Near Dark is a GREAT choice. Love that movie.

@Smash-Yes...Gary Oldman can do no wrong in my book.

@Julie-I almost wrote up The Stand as well. Misery would also have been a good sort of love/obsession choice. Annie is the ultimate book lover after all!

fakesteph said...

What a fantastic Valentine's Day post. I don't think I've actually seen any of these, but I love Gary Oldman.

Unknown said...

I still think there's room for Young Frankenstein on this list, but Bride of Frankenstein made it, so all it well.

Jamie said...

LOVE THIS!! SO MUCH! You just reminded me that I really want to rewatch Phantom and also Zombieland. And Shaun of the Dead -- ONE OF MY MOST FAVORITES EVER!

Midnyte Reader said...

@Steph-I think you would like several of these movies!

@Fox-There were several movies I left out. Yes, Young Frankenstein had a LOT of romance in it.

@Jamie-I love Zombieland. Did you know it was originally pitched as a series?

Kate @Midnight Book Girl said...

Best list ever! The Crow is one of my all time favorites, and I do think it is a story of love (and revenge!).
You could add The Lost Boys too, Jason Patric goes through a lot to protect his new love.
Also Dance of the Dead, one of my all time favorite zombie movies- lots of teen love and romance, mixed with humor and horror (and includes two zombies making out, but at least it's the nerd and the hot girl).
Now I want to go watch some horror movies!!

Midnyte Reader said...

@Kate-Oh yeah...totally love Lost Boys. And it's romantic b/c I loooove Kiefer! Never saw Dance of the Dead...I'll have to check it out.

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