The horror movie season is upon us. It’s Halloween time! Most of us are looking forward to all the family festivities. Pumpkin patches, haunted houses, trick-or-treating. And it’s a great holiday for couples as well to dress up together and go to parties.
But what about those of us who are both coupled up but also homebodies? Are we doomed to just sit around waiting for little ghosts and goblins to ring our doorbells asking for candy? I think not. Halloween is not the time we usually think of date nights. But there are plenty of things we can do this month as a couple. Things that don’t involve getting dressed up or going out.
Horror movies aren’t usually the first thing we think about when we think of date night. And for good reason. Traditionally, there hasn’t been a lot of romance involved in thrillers. They actually originated about 100 years ago to explore much darker topics than your typical rom-com.
The first horror movies were made to portray taboo subjects like religious folklore, dark superstitions, and events of the apocalypse. Many explored literature from authors like Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker. There are lots of stories that have been made into horror movies, but they all seem to have one goal.
According to Wikipedia, “The horror film is defined by The Dictionary of Film Studies as representing ‘disturbing and dark subject matter, seeking to elicit responses of fear, terror, disgust, shock, suspense, and, of course, horror from their viewers.” So these movies are intentionally just trying to scare the crap out of us? Well, yeah.
So how does this translate to a romantic date night? While there are lots of movies that fall under the genre of horror, some of them actually have some pretty romantic elements. We made a list of our favorites. Grab the popcorn and cozy up to your…well…your Boo (sorry, not sorry).
–Wendy Rush, 96.3KKLZ Las Vegas