Bad Love: 8 Bad Relationships in Horror Movies

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In the following movies, we have different kinds of obsessive love involving all sorts of people. There are men, women, and even a child. We can learn a valuable lesson from these relationships: Sometimes it isn’t your enemies whom you should fear.

Sometimes it’s the person who loves you way, way too much, who wants to keep you always and forever for their very own. Possibly in their freezer. Bade Love: The Top 8 Bad Relationships in a Horror Movie

Alone With Her (2006)

Colin Hanks plays Dan, a socially inept young man who has a crush on a beautiful woman named Amy. Unlike some of the others in this list, Dan is an iceberg of insanity who manages to appear normal, with just a little crazy showing on the surface and the big crazy hidden below. He plants hidden cameras in Amy’s apartment not only to watch her, but to gather information about her to trick her into going out with him. The lengths to which he’ll go to achieve his aim escalate as his obsession grows, and he’ll let nothing or no one stand in his way.

Calvaire, aka The Ordeal (2004)

Belgium’s answer to Deliverance, only more disturbing. Marc Stevens is a has-been singer who’s still a big hit on the retirement home circuit. He’s driving in the countryside and his van stalls near a dilapidated, nearly deserted inn owned by M. Bartel. Bartel rents him a room and also agrees to fix the van. On a walk, Marc witnesses an act of bestiality among the friendly locals. At dinner that night, Bartel becomes very agitated recounting how his wife deserted him.

The next day Marc discovers that Bartel has been going through his belongings and that the phone Bartel appeared to have been using is disconnected. Rushing outside to confront Bartel, he sees Bartel blow up his van before he knocks Marc out. Unfortunately for Marc, this turns out to be the highlight of his day. Watching this movie made me want to shower afterwards. Creepy, creepy, creepy.

Love Object (2003)

There’s a sweet movie called Lars and the Real Girl about a man in love with a life-sized doll. Believe me, this isn’t it. In Love Object, Kenneth is a man with no experience or skill with women. Instead of working to improve his social skills, he decides to go a different route and orders an anatomically correct life-sized doll, which he calls Nikki. Having Nikki gives Kenneth the confidence to approach an attractive woman at his office named Lisa.

Kenneth and Lisa become attracted to each other, but Kenneth fears that Nikki is “jealous.” Kenneth is such a weak personality that even an imaginary woman dominates him. Kenneth gets rid of Nikki, but Lisa finds the doll’s advertising brochure and confronts Kenneth, who’s a couple neurons short of a synapse and doesn’t react at all well.

Spiral (2007)

The story centers on Mason, yet another troubled misfit with zero social skills. As a child, he witnessed his father murder his mother. Probably. We’re not quite sure what’s real and what exists only in the barren lunar landscape that is Mason’s mind. Mason’s only friend is a kind man from work named Berkeley; that is, until a pretty, quirky new co-worker, Amber, befriends him. Mason and Amber begin dating (no, I don’t know why she does, either.)

Mason, a talented artist, asks to sketch her. Mason has one stipulation: no one must see his drawings before they’re finished. And like the others in this list, Mason doesn’t like being crossed.

Shutter (2004)

A young couple is driving home one evening and hits a woman who’s standing in the middle of a dark road. They flee the scene. Thun, a photographer, starts noticing strange, distorted figures in his photos. Thun’s friends begin experiencing paranormal events as well. Who or what is haunting them, and more importantly, why?

What is Thun hiding from his girlfriend? Unlike those underachieving American ghosts, the ghosts in Asian horror movies always have an agenda. The end of this movie made my skin crawl. Be sure to skip the American remake and watch the original from Thailand.

Daisy Chain (2008)

Martha and Tomas move to a tiny, remote Irish village upon the death of their baby daughter. Soon after they arrive, a neighbor family dies in a fire, leaving only their 7-year-old daughter, Daisy. Daisy is a troubled, possibly autistic little girl, but Martha yearns to give her the love she would have lavished on her own child and takes her in. The villagers think that the strange girl is a changeling, a faerie child.

Not a cute, sanitized Tinkerbell fairy, but the dangerous kind from old folk tales that cursed people and caused sickness and accidents. Martha can’t understand how the townspeople can be so backward, to say such ridiculous things about a mentally troubled child. But bad things keep happening around Daisy. Whoever or whatever Daisy may be, one thing’s for sure: she really doesn’t like sharing her new mommy.

High Tension (2003)

College friends Alexia and Marie go to spend the weekend away from college with Marie’s family in the country. After everyone’s in bed that night, a man breaks in and brutally slaughters the entire family except Alex, whom he kidnaps. Marie hides and manages to sneak into the back of the truck, where Alexia is tied up.

When the killer stops for gas, Marie follows him into the gas station and sees him murder the gas station attendant with an axe. She hides until the killer drives away with Alex, then steal the attendant’s car keys to follow them. Marie is such a great friend, and so brave! There’s nothing she wouldn’t do for Alex.

May (2002)

Touching yet disturbing, brilliantly played by Angela Bettis, May might be the most sympathetic stalker on film. As a child, May had to wear an eye patch, which isolated her from her schoolmates. The only friend she had was a beautiful doll in a glass case, given to her by her odd mother, who told her that “if you can’t find a friend, make one.” Poor little May! She can’t even have any physical contact with her doll.

Next we see May grown up, working in a veterinarian’s office. She introduces herself to Adam, an attractive young man with “beautiful hands.” Meanwhile, Polly, a pretty lesbian at work, starts flirting with May and gives her a cat. Adam breaks up with May because of her strangeness and May turns to Polly. May finds both Adam and Polly with other partners who ridicule May, and she’s devastated. Being alone again after experiencing even these brief encounters is too much for her to bear. May is driven mad with loneliness, and it’s a pretty short drive.

Hope you’ve enjoyed our little visit with the horror fan’s version of romance. The next time you’re home on a Saturday night or don’t have a date for Valentine’s Day, just re-read this list and remember: There are things much, much worse than being alone. At least you won’t wake up tomorrow in a freezer.


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