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Terrifying Love: The Soska Sisters Provide Valentine’s Viewing

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Valentine’s Day is almost here, dear readers, and as we all know, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of having someone’s heart in your hands… at least until it stops beating, that is. But when roses, chocolates and wine fail to satisfy that special gorehound in your life, what’s a horror fan to do? Lucky for you, Fangoria is here to help make your Valentine’s a bloody perfect one, so cozy up to your demented darling, queue up these romantic fright films and re-animate your love life!

With Valentine’s Day imminent, FANGORIA has decided our round of Valentine’s lists was just missing something. After all, we hoped our eclectic and eerie choices would help provide a gruesome alternative for any horror fan’s romantic evening. Perhaps, some of our readership may truly believe that romance is dead, and perhaps, that required some further convincing.

So FANGORIA reached out to Jen and Sylvia Soska, writers/directors of last year’s fan favorite AMERICAN MARY, and asked if they could add their twisted touch to the proceedings. Luckily, they obliged, offering us their top ten romantic horror films, guaranteed to warm even the deadest of hearts. So trust the twins and let these films become psychotic staples of your Valentine’s Day!

10. BRIDE OF CHUCKY (1998, dir. Ronny Yu)

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It’s fucking fantastic. It could be on here for the line from Tiff alone where she tells Chucky, “You know me. I’ll kill anyone, but I’ll only sleep with someone I love.” It’s fucked up, sure, but it’s also really sweet. Even psychopathic murderers with their souls trapped in animated dolls fall in love, right?

9. DEADGIRL (2008, dir. Gadi Harel, Marcel Sarmiento)

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We really appreciate the honesty of this fun, little known flick that everyone should see. It is always only a matter of time before boys, left to their own devices, will be motivated to stick their dicks in something they have no business sticking them in. It’s also kind of disgustingly sweet.

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“BOXING HELENA”

8. SEE NO EVIL 2 (TBA, Dir. Jen & Sylvia Soska) 

I cannot even tell you why, but we are absolutely dying to release this one for more reasons than I dare say this early in the year. Just remember it being on our list when it’s released. We’d rank it higher, but that’s tacky, no?

7. BOXING HELENA (1993, dir. Jennifer Chambers Lynch)

A romantic comedy, if you watch it right. It’s a haunting and powerful film about obsessive desire and passion by the incredible Jennifer Lynch. A must see for date night.

6. MULHOLLAND DR. (2001, dir. David Lynch)

I don’t want to spoil this one if you haven’t seen it, but see it. A passionate mindfuck of a film. Saying anything more would be too spoilery.

5. SIGHTSEERS (2012, dir. Ben Wheatley)

This film is just beautiful. It’s about two lonely people who find each other and the terribly fucked up journey they embark on together. It’s also about how certain people bring out the most “you” of you.

4. LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (2008, dir. Tomas Alfredson)

The original, not the needless remake. It’s called reading; it’s not that challenging, boys and girls. It’s a touching love story of two youths. Well, one youth and one ambiguously gendered immortal.

3. Pontypool (2009, dir. Bruce McDonald)

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One of our favourite indies. If you haven’t seen this film, find it and watch it. It is an original take on a horror subgenre we adore, and it is an honest love story where you see the emotion develop naturally and in a really sweet way.

2. AUDITION (1999, dir. Takashi Miike)

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What we plan to do for ourselves if our love lives don’t pick up! What happens when a lonely man holds auditions for a fake part to find his perfect match? Nothing good, as you’d imagine. It in fact gets to a pure level of fucked up that will have you screaming at your tv. And what else would you expect from a master of horror, Takashi Miike?

1. HIGH TENSION [aka SWITCHBLADE ROMANCE] (2003, dir. Alex Aja)

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It’s just so good. The less you know going in, the better. It is true romance and explosive passion. If your date doesn’t love it, dump ‘em and save yourself the hassle of being disappointed with them later.

The Soska Sisters’ previous films, AMERICAN MARY and DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK, are both currently available on home video. You can see more from the Soska Sisters later this year in the anthologies XX and ABCs OF DEATH 2, as well as SEE NO EVIL 2. You can visit Jen and Sylvia Soska’s official website here and you can follow them on Twitter: @twisted_twins

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