Horror movies for Valentine’s Day that prove true love really exists

After Midnight. Image courtesy Shudder
After Midnight. Image courtesy Shudder /
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After Midnight (Something Else). Image Courtesy Cranked Up Films
After Midnight (Something Else). Image Courtesy Cranked Up Films /

No funny business in these romantic Valentine’s Day horror movies

It’s not every day that fans of the macabre seek out romantic horror movies, but on Valentine’s Day, it becomes somewhat of a requirement. While you won’t find anything along the lines of Romeo and Juliet or The Notebook on this list, each of the films built their foundation upon the existence of true love.

If you scour the web looking for the best scary movies with a romantic twist, you’ll find great flicks such as Shaun of the Dead, Warm Bodies and Night of the Living Deb.

This isn’t that kind of list. We endeavored to find romantic horror movies that actually are horror movies. This means you’ll find no crossover from our horror comedies on Netflix list, but you’ll enjoy these films on this lovers’ holiday.

Valentine’s Day horror movies: After Midnight (2019)

When Hank wakes up to find his girlfriend Abby has left him after 10 years, he begins a slow descent into madness. That’s what everyone thinks, anyway. He’s convinced that a terrifying monster began visiting him as soon Abby took off, and there’s ample evidence he might be right.

His paranoid ramblings might have earned him more sympathy if his behavior hadn’t become so erratic. Is the monster real or just a manifestation of Hank’s guilt and loneliness? Either way, the stunning and unexpected climax makes this a Valentine’s Day horror movie that shows how far a person will go for love.

Oh, and it’s from the same folks who brought us Endless, Spring, The Battery and Resolution. If you haven’t watched every single one of these films, you’ve got homework this weekend.

Valentine’s Day horror movies: Candyman (1992)

How long has it been since you watched Candyman? If it’s been a decade or more, you might not remember that this is a perfect horror movie for Valentine’s Day. While the titular character is a supernatural serial killer, it’s easy to forget how he got to that point.

Candyman was once a mortal man. Unfortunately, it was during a time when slavery was legal. Even the threat of death couldn’t prevent him from loving a white woman, but when he impregnated her, he was executed for doing so.

When a lost romance results in seeking revenge across the centuries, you know there was some true love involved. For that reason and more, this flick landed on our best horror movies of the ’90s list.