8 Romantic Horror Movies That You'll Actually Enjoy Watching

Great love stories minus the mushy stuff.
by Leika Golez   |  Oct 28, 2022
Image: (LEFT TO RIGHT) Thelma/Netflix, Only Lovers Left Alive/Sony Pictures Classics
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Spooky szn is finally here! If your introverted self isn’t up for a Halloween party, you can always just stay at home and get cozy with a romantic horror movie. And no, we’re not just talking about Twilight (no shade to Twihards!)—we’re referring to gripping films that will actually make your heart pound in more ways than one. TL;DR: These are the movies to check out if you want a great love story minus all the mushy stuff. Read about some of our top recs below: 

1. Thelma 

THE CAST: Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Henrik Rafaelsen, Ellen Dorrit Petersen

THE PLOT: A religious college student struggles to cope with her attraction to a female schoolmate, re-activating her dangerous psychokinetic powers. 

2. Wicker Park 

THE CAST: Josh Hartnett, Rose Byrne, Matthew Lillard, Diane Kruger

THE PLOT: After encountering his long-lost love by chance at a café, a young executive goes to extreme lengths to track her down. 

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3. The Honeymoon 

THE CAST: Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway

THE PLOT: A newly-wed couple’s Venice honeymoon is ruined when the groom’s best man gatecrashes the trip.  

4. Spring 

THE CAST:  Lou Taylor Pucci, Nadia Hilker

THE PLOT: During an impromptu vacation in Italy, a young man gets romantically involved with a genetics major harboring a dark secret. 

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5. Jennifer’s Body 

THE CAST: Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried

THE PLOT: Upon getting possessed, a high school cheerleader goes on a killing spree that targets her male classmates.

6. Let the Right One In 

THE CAST: Kare Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson

THE PLOT: A bullied 12-year-old boy befriends his moody neighbor without knowing that she’s actually a vampire. 

7. Crimson Peak 

THE CAST:  Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam, Jim Beaver

THE PLOT: Following a family tragedy, an heiress weds a British aristocrat and moves into his mysterious ancestral home. 

8. Only Lovers Left Alive 

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THE CAST:  Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, Anton Yelchin, Jeffrey Wright, Slimane Dazi, John Hurt

THE PLOT: Centuries-old vampire lovers deal with depression while adjusting to contemporary society and reuniting with a brazen family member. 

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