Whether you're single and bitter or coupled up and obnoxiously happy, I think we can all agree that Valentine's Day is kinda lame. Don't get me wrong, finding someone who tolerates and even loves your quirks and neuroses is rare and should be celebrated. But this celebration should occur organically, when the mood strikes- not when commercials and pop-up ads are forcing flowers and candy down our throats. That being said, I do love me some conversation hearts.
Like Kellie mentioned in her earlier post, she and I share a tradition of watching horror movies on Valentine's Day. This fun tradition started on a snowy Valentine's Day back in Binghamton, when we were both single, bitter and the recipients of two oversized stuffed crocodiles gifted to us by a non-single friend (an attempt to make us feel better about being alone, and instead caused us to feel more alone). Watching young, attractive, often annoying young people getting hacked up on the screen can certainly make a grumpy single feel better about their solo status, but it's equally fun to cuddle up under a blanket with your sweetie and watch something that gets both of your hearts racing. Here are my picks for what to watch tonight- these movies and shows can all be found on Netflix Instant!
While the 3-D remake was cheesy fun, it can't touch the original in terms of thrills and chills. There's so much that I love about this movie, but I think what I love the most is the incredibly effective, claustrophobic setting of the mines. This is the PERFECT movie to watch tonight as it takes place on Valentine's Day and much of the story revolves around a love triangle between a young woman, her mysterious ex and her new boyfriend. DRAMA! This movie has some seriously awesome kills and don't dare turn it off before the credits, because it contains one of THE most awesome songs in 80's slasher history.
This moody, atmospheric movie is just as much about coming of age and innocence lost as it is about vampires. I absolutely love this movie. Great to watch with a date, especially if they're sick of the whole sparkly vampire thing- this movie is the Anti-Twilight!
Great movie to watch with your single girlfriends. Written by Rita Mae Brown and directed by Amy Holden Jones--so this is a perfect pick for celebrating Galentine's Day AND Women In Horror Month! Awesomely 80's and SO MUCH DAMN FUN.
I'm absolutely obsessed with the Investigative Discovery (ID) Network, which my mom and I affectionally call "The Murder Channel". We are hooked- and with quality programs like "Wives With Knives" and "Evil Twins", how could we not be? "Wicked Attractions" tells the true stories of killer couples- making it the perfect show to stream this Valentine's Day.
I'm as tired of the found-footage craze as the next person, but I have to say this new take on the over-used technique really worked for me. I'd suggest watching this one with friends or a date because I watched it alone and felt really sad that I had no one to endlessly discuss it with when it was over. I don't want to say anything about this movie because it's better not to know anything going into it. I'll just say that if you have patience for low-budget filmmaking and want to see something creative that has some genuine scares, V/H/S is a great choice. There are also a lot of boobs in this movie, if you like that sort of thing. I know I do!
Happy Valentine's Day, boys and ghouls!