Stop! Don’t waste another Valentine’s Day watching a cookie-cutter romantic comedy. Science Fiction and Horror can be romantic, too. If you want to inject your Valentine’s Day with a healthy dose of geeky weirdness, watch one of these movies, and take your Feb 14th from hum-drum to awesome.
Safety Not Guaranteed
Ever loved someone enough to embark on a potentially dangerous through time itself? Safety Not Guaranteed could be the inspiration you’ve been looking for.
Star Wars: Episode IV – The Empire Strikes Back
You might be romantic, but you’ll never be ‘Han Solo saying “I know” just before he gets frozen in carbonite’ romantic.
Count Yorga, Vampire & Return of Count Yorga
Snuggle up and get cozy with smoothest, most sophisticated Vampire ever to grace the big screen. Don’t let the bloodlust cloud your judgment, Yorga is just as much of a soppy romantic as all of us at heart.
Watch Count Yorga, Vampire and Return of Count Yorga on COMET, Valentines Day at 4pm ET and 6pm ET, respectively.
If you think you’re a saint for loving your beau and all their bad habits, try sustaining a relationship with someone who is technically dead. Warm Bodies is both funny and heartwarming, which isn’t what you’d normally look for in a Zombie flick, but on Valentines Day it could be just the ticket.
Never Let Me Go
If you like to balance your romance with a depressing storyline, Never Let Me Go should fit the bill. Probably best not to watch this one alone, or in an emotionally fragile state, for that matter.
Face it, you’re already in love with your smartphone, so why not take it that step further with this brilliant tale of a man and his husky-voiced AI helper.
Before things get gross (like, really gross), The Fly is actually an incredibly romantic movie. This really is the perfect triple-threat of Sci-Fi, Horror, and Romance.
Shaun of the Dead
Shaun of the Dead is one of the best zombie movies ever made, and it just so happens to have bags full of romance…and bromance.
When will we meatbags get it into our heads? ROBOTS CAN LOVE TOO!
Let the Right One In
A boy who struggles with bullies at school befriends a Vampire girl. The bloody horror elements of Let the Right One In are balanced nicely by a sweet story of companionship centering on its young protagonists.
Because, let’s face it, just like creating artificial intelligence, most relationships should also come with a serious health warning. You don’t need an excuse to watch Ex Machina again, but this dark and brooding tale has a lot to offer couples and lonely souls alike. Oh, and if the robots don’t do it for you, Oscar Isaac’s dancing surely will.
If you think it’s tough being single in 2017, The Lobster will make you feel better about your situation with its brilliantly weird (and very funny) vision of companionship in the future.
My Bloody Valentine (1981)
Sure, it sounds obvious to put George Mihalka’s cult horror hit on this list, but there’s a reason for that: The list simply wouldn’t be complete without it.
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