What’s better than watching a really good horror movie with someone you want to smooch? Scary movies don’t just make us jump and scream, they bring us closer together - which is exactly what you want when you’re hanging out with a cutie.
More than any other cinephiles, horror fans have special connections to the movies they choose. That means the horror movies your crush picks for date night hold very specific connotations. Are they drawn towards the great horror films of yesteryear - filled with dramatic tension and allegory - or do they prefer the gritty realism of 2000s slasher flicks?
You can learn a lot from studying creepy movies; after all, they are modeled to resemble our dreams and greatest fears. So when your significant other really wants to watch something spooky, it’s not just saying something about your relationship - it’s saying something about them.
Why This Movie Is Super Scary: It's hard to pinpoint a singular thing that's scary about The Shining. The atmosphere, the long hallways of the Overlook Hotel that beckon the viewer to fall deep into its bowels, the woman in room 237 - everything about the movie comes together like a hand around the viewer's throat.
What This Movie Says About Your Significant Other: The Shining isn't just one of the best horror movies ever made, it's one of the best movies ever made, period. If bae wants to watch this, they're smart but not too pretentious. Assuming they're not a tormented, aging writer, you should be in the clear.
Actors: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers, Barry Dennen, Barry Nelson, + more
Initial Release: 1980
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
#66 on The Most Rewatchable Movies
Why This Movie Is Super Scary: In spite of the film's overt comedic aspects, there's a realism to the way in which everyone reacts to the overwhelming terror of a zombie-infested world. Once zombies start piling up, the characters are instantly at each others' throats - including best friends Shaun and Ed. The intensity of the zombie outbreak gets so dire even happy-go-lucky Shaun contemplates offing himself by the end of the movie.
What This Movie Says About Your Significant Other: Not only do they have a really good sense of humor, they also have a discerning taste when it comes to horror-comedy - a very tricky genre.
Actors: Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg, Bill Nighy, David Walliams, Dylan Moran, + more
Initial Release: 2004
Directed by: Edgar Wright
#96 on The Most Rewatchable Movies
Why This Movie Is Super Scary: Even if you're not frightened by the plot - a pre-teen girl is taken over by a demon and a priest who's lost his faith has to save her - the makeup, the practical vomit effects, and the random flashes of a demon face will keep you and bae close on the couch long after the credits roll.
What This Movie Says About Your Significant Other: Not only are they an aficionado of classic horror, but they're most likely Christian too. If that's something you think is important, then good for you. But if you're a burgeoning satanist, then you may want to rethink your relationship.
Actors: Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb, William Peter Blatty, + more
Initial Release: 1973
Directed by: William Friedkin
Why This Movie Is Super Scary: This movie set the template for every major zombie flick that followed. It's less about the terror of flesh-eating monsters and more about the horror of prejudice that grips people when the walls start closing in on us.
What This Movie Says About Your Significant Other: They're coming to kiss you, Barbara. Your date isn't just a fan of groundbreaking horror, they're also firmly against intolerance and modern side-arm-obsessed culture.
Actors: George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman, Karl Hardman, Judith O'Dea, + more
Initial Release: 1968
Directed by: George A. Romero
#21 on The Goriest Movies Ever Made