Love is in the air with this Valentines selection.
Similar to the classic Universal monsters flicks of yesteryear, Cronenberg’s tragic love story tells the tale of a scientist, Seth Brundle, who may live to regret his ambitious attempt to create a teleportation device. When he tried to use himself as a human test subject, he accidentally fuses his DNA with that of a common house fly. Based on the 1958 film of the same name directed by Kurt Neumann and starring Vincent Price, this modernized film boasts absolutely jaw-dropping effects (literally) and a touching love story to boot. Our tragic hero/monster Seth is played by the always entertaining Jeff Goldblum, opposite Gina Davis as his love Veronica.
6) Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
This classic tale can’t be kept off a list like this. A gothic love story from the horror master Bram Stoker, and brought to the screen by Francis Ford Coppola, this film screams romanticism. Gary Oldman is superb, Keanu Reeves is… well, Keanu, and Anthony Hopkins and Winona Ryder are wonderful as always. This beautiful gothic horror reads like a work of art in every frame and depicts the tragic story of Dracula and his longing to be loved. We recommend you watch this one with a big ol’ glass of red wine.
5) The Loved Ones (2009)
Alright, this one is a bit of an odd-ball to be included in this list, but the underlying concept in this film is love. A father’s love for his daughter and a daughter’s unrelenting desire for her high-school crush. Daddy is constantly going out of his way to provide everything that his daughter’s heart desires, he would kill for his daughter, obviously. Lola is definitely one major piece of work, and is constantly searching for her one true love, unfortunately that loved cannot be coerced out of her boyfriends like she hopes. This film is not for the faint of hear, but it is certainly not one to be missed.
4) Warm Bodies (2013)
Now I will say that this isn’t a typical Zombie movie. This film is more so a very intelligent take on our society’s anti-social reliance on technology and the path it is leading us down. Warm bodies is poignant, charming, has a killer soundtrack and an incredibly sweet love story. Nicholas Hoult (X-Men First Class) stars as ‘R’ a zombie who somehow begins to feel again after he saves the life of a young woman who is separated from her group. R attempts to help her find her way home and avoid the flesh-eating creatures that have taken over the city. I know this one may not have been advertised in an appealing way, it quite honestly looked like Twilight with zombies, but it really is a pleasant surprise.
This film was featured on our Halloween list here, but it’s time to come back to this gem of a story. Shaun is an unlikely hero thrown into a dire situation, a zombie holocaust, and the only thing that he can think of is marching off to save his girlfriend with his best friend at his side. Liz is definitely a luck lady to have her man, or ex-man, risk his flesh and brains to bring her to safety. I’m a big fan of Shaun of the Dead because it’s fun, it’s British, and it has an amazing cast. Check out this one if you haven’t already, it should definitely be on your valentines roster.
Based on the Swedish novel of the same name, this is an incredibly gripping and dramatic story. If you get the chance, we highly recommend the novel, it is absolutely terrifying. The 2008 film is an accurate depiction of the novel, telling the story of Oskar, a lonely little boy living without a friend in the world. One day his meets a young girl who is moving in next door, Eli. The two immediately become friends but Eli has a dark secret. Their friendship will be tested and those who stand in their way will be sorry.
A recently new film to include in this category, Spring, is a tale of an American on the run from the lay flees to Italy to start new. Evan is in the midst of some personal troubles and travels to Italy where he takes a liking to the mysterious Louise, an alluring and darkly mysterious woman. The mystery grows as Evan gets closer to Louise and she starts pushing back, to protect him. If you haven’t seen Spring I encourage you to find it and give it a watch, it’s a rare find these days to find something that’s genuine and heart-warming.