Being in love can be brutal at times, and the pain of a romantic relationship is often avoided in your run-of-the-mill romance movie. It can be easier to watch something that’s clearly Hollywood-made and unrealistic, even if it means suspending your disbelief to see an idealized version of love.
Fortunately, for those who want their romance movies to be a bit darker or grittier, there are numerous movies that mix romance with horror or other genres that contain violence/action. The most recent of them is by luca guadagninonewest movie, bones and all, which centers on two young lovers who also happen to be cannibals, creating a film that is as romantic as it is gruesome. Below are 10 more creepy romance movies that blend horror, crime, or action with relationship-focused narratives, for anyone who enjoyed Guadagnino’s latest film and is in the mood for something similar.
‘Shaun of the Dead’ (2004)
For anyone who has ever wondered what a zombie rom-com would look like, shaun of the dead provides the answer. Although this was not edgar wright First movie, it was the one that established him as a director to be reckoned with, as it’s a fast-paced, funny and surprisingly moving story about a man trying to get his life (and his relationship) back on track. during a zombie apocalypse.
shaun of the dead is a movie that is mostly a comedy, but it’s not quite a parody of zombie movies. It gently mocks the genre for much of its runtime, but then turns into a surprisingly intense zombie movie closer to its conclusion, which means you can have your undead cake and eat it too. That it also does all of this while still being a solid rom-com makes it an early 2000s classic.
‘True Romance’ (1993)
One of several films made during the 1990s that were written but not directed by Quentin Tarantino, true romance was tossed between two iconic movies he wrote and directed: reserve dogs Y pulp fiction.
It is perhaps the most romantic script I have ever written (perhaps closely followed by Natural Born Killers). It follows two young men who marry and then steal drugs from ruthless gangsters, who chase them all over Hollywood. Naturally, being a Tarantino movie, it gets extremely violent, which means those watching it for the romance will have to deal with some bloody shootouts and a handful of brutal on-screen beatings.
‘Love Exposure’ (2008)
love exhibition It is not a film to be entered into lightly. Like most relationships, it is long, can stop and start at random points, and is often very hard to predict where it will go.
All of that is to say that this is a four-hour epic that centers on a group of young people, their eccentricities, and their relationships. It’s also much more than a love story, as it’s packed with gory action, heavily deals with religious themes, and has a twisted sense of black humor that’s matched by surprisingly tense drama. It won’t be for everyone, but one thing is for sure: it’s unlike anything else.
For anyone who finds the mix of fantasy/horror and romance in Twilight a little toothless (pun intended), Thirst may be more up your alley. It is a movie directed by chan wook park which centers on a priest who dies and comes back to life as a vampire, and discovers that his new life as a member of the undead is completely different from his old one.
While vampire movies naturally get a bit gory, thanks to the fact that they’re about monsters that literally feed on blood, Thirst takes it to another level entirely. It’s an extremely gory horror film, but with its heavy focus on the romance between a once-repressed priest and a young adventurer, it ultimately combines those undead thrills with a narrative about a strange (but compelling) relationship.
‘War and Peace’ (1965)
Although this Russian version of War and peace It is not the only film adaptation of the famous novel of the same name, it would have to be the best. Divided into four parts that run about seven hours in total, it manages to capture a large part of the mammoth book of more than 1,200 pages.
It’s a movie with gigantic (and brutally intense) war scenes, but naturally, like the “PeaceAs part of the title would suggest, it’s not just about soldiers and the revolution. It also finds time for a great deal of romance, with large stretches of the film (including most of its second part) focusing on Natasha Rostova and her romantic endeavors. .
‘Crimson Peak’ (2015)
To call Guillermo del Toro underrated movie of 2015 crimson peak a movie about a love triangle might hurt him a bit. That’s what the main plot can focus on, but the movie also dabbles in fantasy, mystery, and even some gothic horror, thanks to its setting and surprisingly high level of violence.
Del Toro is not a director who shies away from violence. The Pan’s Labyrinth in particular, he combines war with fantasy to stunning effect, and even his Oscar-winning film the shape of water He was not far behind in the blood department. crimson peak Darkest Moments is not for the faint of heart, but those with stronger stomachs who like horror mixed with romance should check it out.
‘Summer of Sam’ (1999)
skewer reads he is a filmmaker as unpredictable as he is prolific and seemingly always busy. sam summer It demonstrates this unpredictability well, as it’s set as a crime thriller about a real-life serial killer who terrorized the population of New York City in the summer of 1977, but it doesn’t focus on the killer as a character, nor he is too preoccupied with the police forces trying to track down the killer.
Quite, sam summer he is more concerned with the lives of a group of young people who do their best to overlook the murders and try to enjoy their lives in any way they can, while the rest of the town sweats and panics around them. It’s an interesting approach to an (otherwise very violent) crime movie, with as much time devoted to the relationship drama as it is to the crime/thriller elements.
‘Only Lovers Left Alive’ (2013)
Only lovers are left alive takes an unusual approach to vampire romance. It’s part horror movie, but it never gets overwhelmingly scary, and while it does get gory at times, it’s also pretty restrained in the on-screen carnage department.
It’s the kind of romance-horror hybrid that’s much more about the romantic side of things, looking at what happens to a truly long-term romantic relationship that lasts not decades, but centuries, thanks to vampire immortality. It’s a quirky and engaging look at supernatural romance, and it does a great job of exploring characters who seem to crave each other as much as they crave human blood.
‘Tromeo and Juliet’ (1996)
Co-written by james gun and directed by the main man behind the notorious Troma Entertainment, lloyd kaufmann, tromeo and juliet it’s exactly what you’d expect, based on the title and Troma’s track record. They take their signature gritty humor and gratuitous violence and use it as they retell the classic tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet.
That means that for all the sickening scenes in this gratuitously violent film, it is, at its core, a reinterpretation of a love story, and one of the most famous of all time. Troma’s movies are not for everyone, but tromeo and juliet it’s probably the best thing they’ve ever done, so it could be a worthwhile watch for strong-willed viewers who like romantic movies who aren’t afraid to go extreme.
‘The cook, the thief, his wife and her lover’ (1989)
In The cook, the thief, his wife and her lover, a loud and rude gangster haunts a restaurant every night, threatening all of his customers, testing his head chef’s patience, and persistently being an abusive bully to his wife. One day, he decides he’s had enough and begins an affair with another restaurant patron behind her terrible husband’s back. Naturally, things eventually get very complicated.
It’s not violent in the way that an action or horror movie can be violent, but it doesn’t shy away from showing off the horrible things its main antagonist is capable of. Although the plot is about a forbidden romance, it is definitely not a romantic movie in the traditional sense, but it is a fantastic movie that is impossible to forget. For those willing to deal with the intense and hair-raising stuff, it’s a must-see.
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