Roses are red, so is blood: 5 horror flicks to set the Valentine’s Day mood

Valentine’s Day isn’t always a celebration of love. For some, it’s a holiday of pure terror, exacerbated by the decorations that appear as though Cupid vomited everywhere. Whether you’re planning a date night with your significant other or rejoicing on All Singles’ Day, here are our top Valentine’s Day horror flicks:

“My Bloody Valentine” (1981)

My_Bloody_ValentineThis Canadian slasher film features violence, sex, and of course Valentine’s Day. It’s even set in Valentine Bluffs, naturally the townsfolk throw a V-Day dance. There’s a story which actually deals with the holiday, a neat twist. “My Bloody Valentine” is akin to the “Halloween” of Valentine’s Day movies. Notably, a remake “My Bloody Valentine 3-D” debuted in 2009.

“Warm Bodies” (2013)

Warm_BodiesAs horror flicks go, “Warm Bodies” isn’t terribly scary, but it’s original and the perfect zombie rom-com. This quirky narrative follows zombie R (Nicholas Hoult) as he befriends the living Julie (Teresa Palmer), and the pair strike an unlikely romance. It’s quite hilarious, and John Malkovich has a supporting role. What’s not to love?

“Bram Stoker’s Dracula” (1992)

Bram_Stokers_Dracula_posterFrancis Ford Coppola’s gothic envisioning of “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” makes the 1992 movie a superb love-themed vampire romp. It’s romance-tinged, and Gary Oldman miraculously transforms into Dracula.

“Lord of Illusions” (1995)

LordillusionsposterA severely underrated Clive Barker adaptation, “Lord of Illusions” admirably pairs horror with noir. Led by Scott Bakula and Famke Janssen, there’s romance, magic, and inventive special effects. If that’s not convincing enough, there’s a character named Valentin (Joel Swetow), which is close enough to Valentine.

“Pontypool” (2009)

Pontypool_posterOne of the freshest zombie flicks, “Pontypool” assumes a unique angle on the undead. The bizarre film opens on Valentine’s Day with a strange work commute for shock jock Grant Mazzy (Stephen McHattie). From here, the day progresses into madness, and it’s relayed in a “War of the Worlds” fashion. “Pontypool” isn’t just one of the greatest Valentine’s Day horror films, but one of the finest movies spawned from the zombie genre.