Happy Day After Valentine’s Day!
Just like with actual Valentine’s Day, there are a ton of ways to spend the days after the overly commercialized pink-and-red holiday. You could treat it like any other day, for instance, though the most popular way seems to be taking advantage of all the candy sales and gorging on chocolate (I, too, partook in this, because I love candy and I love a good sale).
My personal favorite way to celebrate, however, is by doing exactly what I did on Valentine’s Day — horror movie marathons. Because nothing says love like an axe to a serial killer’s face. So here’s a list of five horror films for those who want to purge yourself of any lingering Valentine’s Day sappiness. And if you’re one of those people who like things to be sappy, all of these horror films feature relationships, whether platonic, familial, romantic, or a mix of the above. So really what these violent, creepy, and terrifying movies are is a celebration of love!
1. You’re Next (2011)
Re-watching this excellent movie was actually how I spent last night, so of course I’m going to recommend it. You’re Next is a slasher film with several twists, focusing on a highly gory attack during the Davison family’s reunion. As with most dark movies with families in them, the secrets start pouring almost as quickly as the blood. It also features people in animal masks, and we all know how I feel about people in animal masks.
2. Honeymoon (2014)
A newlywed couple spend their honeymoon at a cabin in the woods. Bad things happen. Honeymoon was an intense watch, and as Andy Greene says in his review of the film, the chemistry between Rose Leslie and Harry Treadaway is off-the-charts. So yeah, the premise has been done before, and the events themselves were very predictable, but neither of those things take away from this great film.
3. Grave Encounters (2011)
Say what you will about Grave Encounters, but I absolutely love it. I didn’t find it to be scary but I did think it was hilarious and great fun. Grave Encounters shows that friendships are important too, especially ones where your friends will actually go looking for you when bad shit goes down and you go missing. Friends who explore haunted places together, stay together… mostly because in Grave Encounters they’re literally stuck there, but the thought counts, too.
4. The Loved Ones (2009)
Obsession is a scary thing, as illustrated by this Australian horror flick. After being rejected for high school prom, Lola and her father kidnap Brent and stage a bloody prom of their own. It gets worse from there. I should warn you that this one is absolutely brutal, and probably the goriest movie on this list (except maybe You’re Next — a certain blender scene is coming to mind), but if you can stomach it, it’ll definitely purge the sappy out of you.
5. Let The Right One In (2008)
We’ll end on a semi-high note with the subtle, slow build of Tomas Alfredson’s Let The Right One In. This Swedish horror film is dark, depressing, and hopeful, and as the movie progresses, the relationship between bullied 12-year-old Oskar and mysterious Eli develops beautifully. Let The Right One In is one of those movies that’s best approached knowing as little as possible, so all I’m going to say is: watch it.
What are your favorite films (horror or otherwise) to watch on or around Valentine’s Day? Let me know in the comments!