Valentine’s Day Haters-Here’s a List of Horror Movies and Books to Get You Through It
We all get why someone single might hate Valentine’s Day, but many couples hate it too. They hate the commercialism of the holiday. They don’t like the pressure of forced lovey-dovey romance. They hate pink. They hate hearts. Fear not or, should I say, get ready to be scared to death. Here’s a list of horror movies and books that will take your mind off romance.
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Believe it or not, Vulture and Buzzfeed have lists of popular movies for this loved-up day. One that caught my eye was the 1981 movie, My Bloody Valentine. This one is about two incompetent supervisors who leave a group of miners underground after a methane explosion during a Valentine’s dance. One miner becomes a cannibal to survive. Twenty years later, the mayor tries to reinstate the holiday dance, and the killing begins again. According to Vulture, this movie is Quentin Tarantino’s favorite slasher film. Tarantino has created some of the sickest movies in existence. Case in point, Hostel. I recommend this twisted one too. See this if you have a kid going abroad for a school semester. You may reconsider this choice after watching this one.
Heart-Shaped Box, described by one critic as a “Valentine from hell,” was written by one of the sons of cult horror novelist Stephen King. This book is a personal favorite of mine. Aging death-metal rock star is a collector of all things gruesome, but nothing prepares him for what’s to come with his latest internet purchase, a suit that arrives in a black heart-shaped box, possessed by the spirit of the dead man who used to own it.
For something a little lighter but still scary, try Happy Death Day 2U. It’s a sequel to the first movie, which has a Groundhog Day repeat theme, but it takes place on Valentine’s Day.
The 1975 flick, Picnic at Hanging Rock was recommended on multiple lists. A group of school girls goes on a picnic with their teachers, and three go missing. It’s got this eery sense of foreboding because it feels real. This one is based on a book by Joan Lindsay.
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You’ve probably seen The Silence of the Lambs. This one was released on Valentine’s Day in 1991. It’s a classic, and the psychological horror will take your mind off everything. This one is also a book by Thomas Harris. It’s part of a series of books about the creepy Hannibal Lecter, a character that has made me happy to know so many people have become vegetarians.
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Knock at the Cabin is a 2023 M. Night Shyamalan movie out in theaters now. This one has an apocalyptic theme that feels completely real. Shyamalan, of The Sixth Sense fame, always has a cameo in his movies, and they are impossible to look away from. The film is based on a popular Paul Tremblay book called The Cabin at the End of the World. Watch this one if you want to know what it might feel like if the world ends.
For movies that might scare you out of your wits but have nothing to do with Valentine’s Day, Florida Jolt Founder and horror film buff Jack Furnari recommends The Devil’s Rejects and Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.
Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Jolt.
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