Being in love can sometimes be a brutal thing, and the pain of a romantic relationship is often avoided in your ordinary romance movie. It may be easier to watch something that is clearly Hollywood and unrealistic, even if it means suspending your disbelief in order to see an idealized version of love.
Luckily, for those who want their romance movies to be a bit darker or grittier, there are plenty of movies that combine romance and horror or other genres that contain violence/action. The most recent of these is by Luca Guadagninomost recent movie, bones and all, which centers on two young lovers who also happen to be cannibals, making it as romantic as it is horrifying. Below are 10 more gruesome romance movies that combine horror, crime or action with relationship-focused narratives, for anyone who enjoyed Guadagnino’s last film and finds themselves in the mood for something similar. .
‘Shaun of the Dead’ (2004)
For anyone who’s ever wondered what a zombie rom-com would look like, Shaun of the dead provides the answer. While it was not by Edgar Wright very first movie, it’s the one that established him as a director to watch, with a fast-paced, funny and surprisingly touching story about a man trying to get his life (and relationship) back on track during an apocalypse. zombie.
Shaun of the dead is a film that is primarily a comedy, but not entirely a parody of zombie films. It gently pokes fun at the genre for much of its runtime, but then becomes a surprisingly intense zombie movie closer to its conclusion, meaning it can have its undead cake and eat it, too. The fact that it does all of this while being a solid rom-com makes it all the more of an early 2000s classic.
‘The True Romance’ (1993)
One of many films made in the 1990s that were written but not directed by Quentin Tarantino, true romance came out between two iconic films he wrote and directed: reservoir dogs and pulp Fiction.
It is perhaps the most romantic screenplay he has ever written (perhaps closely followed by born killers). It follows two young people who marry and then steal drugs from ruthless mobsters, who chase them through Hollywood. Naturally, being a Tarantino movie, it gets extremely violent, meaning those watching it for romance will have to deal with bloody shootouts and a handful of brutal on-screen beatings.
‘Love Exhibition’ (2008)
love show is not a film to be approached casually. Like most relationships, it’s long, it can end and start at random times, and it’s often very difficult to predict where it will go.
All that to say, this is a four-hour epic centered around a group of young people, their eccentricities and their relationships. It’s also so much more than just a romance story, as it’s filled with bloody action, deals heavily with religious themes, and has a twisted sense of dark humor that it combines with surprisingly tense drama. It won’t be for everyone, but one thing’s for sure: it’s unlike anything else.
For anyone who finds the mix of fantasy/horror and romance in Dusk a bit toothless (pun intended), The thirst maybe more up your alley. This is a movie directed by Park Chan-wook which centers on a priest who dies and comes back to life as a vampire, and finds his new life as a member of the undead to be completely different from his old one.
While vampire movies naturally get a bit gory, due to the fact that they’re about monsters that literally feed on blood, The thirst takes it to a whole new level. It’s an extremely bloody horror film, but by focusing on the romance between a once-repressed priest and an adventurous young woman, it ultimately mixes those undead thrills with a narrative about a strange (but compelling) relationship. ).
“War and Peace” (1965)
While this Russian version of War and peace is not the only film adaptation of the famous novel of the same name, it should be the best. Divided into four parts that last around seven hours in total, it manages to capture much of the massive 1,200+ page book.
It’s a movie with gigantic (and brutally intense) war scenes, but naturally, like the “Peace“Part of the title would suggest, is not just about soldiers and revolution. It also finds time for plenty of romance, with large parts of the film (including most of its second half) focusing on Natasha Rostova and her romantic endeavors.
‘Crimson Peak’ (2015)
To call At Guillermo Del Toro’s 2015 underrated movie Crimson Peak a movie about a love triangle might do him a disservice. That’s where the main plot may focus, but the movie is also one that dabbles in fantasy, mystery, and even gothic horror, thanks to its setting and surprisingly high level of violence.
Del Toro is not a director who fears violence. Pan’s Labyrinth in particular mixes war with fantasy to startling effect, and even his Oscar-winning The shape of water was no slouch in the blood service. Crimson Peak The Darker Moments aren’t for the faint of heart, but those with stronger stomachs who enjoy horror mixed with romance should check it out.
“Sam’s Summer” (1999)
Spike Lee is a filmmaker as unpredictable as he is prolific and seemingly always busy. Sam’s Summer demonstrates this unpredictability well, as it is designed as a detective film about a real-life serial killer who terrified the people of New York in the summer of 1977, but does not focus on the killer as a character, nor is it too concerned with the police force trying to find the murderer.
Instead, Sam’s Summer is more concerned with the lives of a group of young people who do their best to ignore the murders and try to enjoy their lives however they can, while the rest of the town sweats and panics around them. It’s an interesting take on an (otherwise very violent) crime film, with as much time given over to relationship drama as it is to crime/thriller elements.
“Only Lovers Stay Alive” (2013)
Only lovers will stay alive takes an unusual approach to vampire romance. It’s part horror, but it never gets overwhelmingly scary, and while it does get naturally gory at times, it’s also pretty restrained in the on-screen carnage department.
It’s the kind of romance-horror hybrid that’s much more about the romantic side of things, looking at what happens to a truly long-term romantic relationship that doesn’t last decades, but centuries, thanks to immortality. vampires. It’s a quirky, engaging look at supernatural romance, and does a great job of exploring characters who seem to crave each other as much as they crave human blood.
‘Tromeo and Juliet’ (1996)
Co-written by james gunn and directed by the main man behind famed Troma Entertainment, Lloyd Kaufman, Tromeo and Juliet is exactly what you’d expect, based on the title and Troma’s track record. They take their crude humor and gratuitous violence and use them while telling the classic tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet.
This means that for all the gross sites present in this gratuitously violent film, it is – at its core – a reinterpretation of a love story, and one of the most famous of all time. . Troma films are not for everyone, but Tromeo and Juliet is probably the best they’ve ever made, so it could be an interesting watch for determined viewers who love romantic movies that aren’t afraid to get extreme.
“The cook, the thief, his wife and her lover” (1989)
In The cook, the thief, his wife and her lover, a loud and rude mobster frequents a restaurant every night, threatening all of his customers, testing his chef’s patience, and constantly being an abusive bully to his wife. One day, she decides she’s had enough and begins an affair with another restaurant customer behind her terrible husband’s back. Naturally, things end up getting very complicated.
It’s not violent like an action or horror movie might be violent, but it doesn’t shy away from showing the horrible things its main antagonist is capable of. Although the plot is about a forbidden romance, it is certainly not a romantic film in the traditional sense, but it is a fantastic film and impossible to forget. For those who are ready to face intense and macabre things, this is a must-have watch.
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