They may be spooky, but they’ve got just a touch of romance! Perfect date-night material?
10. Nightmare Before Christmas
I first heard of Jack and Sally in the Blink 182 song. (It was a time, okay?) The actual love story in Nightmare Before Christmas is cute, nice, but not awe-inspiring. Jack initially ignores Sally’s warnings about Christmas and in the end, their relationship is more out of convenience for Jack than anything else. Upon rewatching it this year, I’ve come to realize Jack is quite selfish and inconsiderate of the people in his life. Don’t @ me emos.
While herald as one of the first horror novels, once you read it, you’ll realize it’s actually a romance novel. Dracula is definitely about an undead count who sucks the life out of his victims while they sleep and it’s creepy AF in the book and all adaptations, but the dedication and love that Jonathan Harker has for his fiancé, Mina, is so strong that it’s hard to think of Dracula as anything other than a romance novel. Don’t have time to read the book? The 1992 film with Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder is the best adaptation I reckon.
The scene when human Casper kisses Kat and then promptly turns back into a ghost always makes me ugly cry.
7. Sleepy Hollow
The theme of Sleepy Hollow is that you should marry for love and not wealth. And there is delicious chemistry between Johnny Depp’s Ichabod Crane and Christina Ricci’s Katrina Van Tassel that makes this into a legitimate romance film. Plus, anything with Christopher Walken makes for a great Halloween flick.
6. Bride of Chucky
Just really nice to find someone that you can share your hobby with, you know?
You would think that the addition of romance between Fred and Daphne would be unnecessary and forced, but it was executed considerably well. They have chemistry on-screen because Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr are married in real life and I’ve always loved that detail about the film. After Daphne saves herself in her feminist twist in the live-action film, Fred feels compelled to kiss her.
4. Addams Family
The love between Morticia and Gomez is electrifying in all adaptations of the original 1938 comics, but I had a crush on Raul Julia when I was little so it’s the 1991 film for me. Despite their “peculiar” lifestyle, the relationship and support Morticia and Gomez have for each other and their children are all stemmed from their raw romance and makes them the most well-adjusted family in pop culture.
3. Edward Scissorhands
This is such a sad film, steeped in feelings of isolation and the inability to connect with the society around you. Being able to find that someone who makes you feel comfortable and heard and considered is such a rarity that it must be cherished, like fresh snowfall.
2. Practical Magic
A curse upon a family that whoever loves the women will die. Rooted in witchcraft and romance, Practical Magic was such a great movie for young girls who wanted to be strong and loved at the same time. Also, an evil spirit being expelled by a hot cop’s silver badge? Who then says that curses only exist if you believe in them and says he’s wished for her since he was little? Reduced to a puddle.
1. Hocus Pocus
The best pick-up line in this film is when Allison is reading the back of the saltshaker and explains, “…it says form a circle of salt to protect from zombies, witches and old boyfriends,” and Max asks, “What about new boyfriends?” Pretty fly for a virgin.