It’s quite safe to say that going to the cinema is one of the most widely accepted date activities all over the globe. Even folks outside the western hemisphere spend date nights at the movies.
What could cause debates is the topic of the best genre for movie nights. People tend to have different preferences when it comes to movies, so this shouldn’t be surprising. Even couples who have been together for years could disagree on what they want to see on a romantic night out together.
If you’re cool with just about any genre, though, we’re here to make a case for romantic horror films. They can easily be a solid option for date nights because of the effects they have on people.
What exactly are these effects? We’ve listed them down for you below.
Why Watch a Romantic Horror Film on a Date Night?
1. Horror films are actually proven by science to be the best movie genre for date nights. Combined with romance, you won’t just have to bear with the frightening scenes the whole night.
According to scientists, creating strong emotional responses during a date makes it more memorable. It can also create a sense of attachment to the person you’ve shared the experience with, so if you happened to achieve such during the first date, you might just be able to score a second one as well.
Going to the movies and seeing a horror film is a good way to achieve this without creating conflict or doing something extreme on a night out. The movie will already evoke the strong emotions for you, making the task at hand simpler for you.
While romantic horror flicks aren’t straightforwardly horror films, the frightening quality of the latter is still there. It can still very much evoke strong emotions, especially if the storyline is spooky enough for you. The added element of romance can also heighten the emotions, letting you create some memorable night out with your special someone.
2. Romantic horror films will tell you a lot about your date.
People say that romance and horror films will tell you a lot about someone else. If they’re affected by the scenes, then you might be able to read them better. If they didn’t like it, that also says a lot about their preferences, beliefs, and opinions. This makes it an effective way to get to know a person that you have romantic interests in better.
3. They will force you to interact with your date even while you’re watching a movie.
Everyone knows that horror films can initiate physical contact between people. All that jump scenes and scary moments will have you grabbing the person next to you or hiding your face behind them. This can be a great thing to experience on a first or second date and might even let you evaluate if there are sparks between you and your date.
This doesn’t mean that established couples can’t benefit from physical contact, though. It can also be a nice thing to grab onto your special someone while feeling scared.
4. Watching a different kind of movie will let you do something different on date night without entirely leaving your comfort zone or having to do something extreme.
This is particularly true for people who have been together for a while already. Seeing something ‘different’ can already help keep the magic alive between romantic partners. It could already let you do something ‘new’ without having to do something extreme.
5. They offer a different kind of tenderness that can be relatable at some level.
To be fair, real life isn’t always sunshine and flowers, so romantic horror flicks might still click nicely with you and your partner. While the struggles of the people in the movie might be fantastical, there’s still a chance that you’ll connect with the characters and enjoy the film together.
What are the Romantic Horror Films You Should See?
Unfortunately, there are no slated romantic horror films that you might be able to catch at your local iPic soon. There are, however, quite a few gory and intense horror movies that are about to be released soon.
If you want to sample a nice romantic horror on your next date night, here are a few titles that you might be able to see at home or catch at a special screening:
1. Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
Starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston, this is the love and modern life story of a vampire couple.
2. Spring (2014)
This is a highly acclaimed date night movie that is perfect for those who love some gory twists and unexpected elements in their romantic flicks.
3. Let the Right One In (2008)
Young love and horror make a refreshing combination and it’s exactly what this bloody movie offers.