Written by Patti Pauley
Once again, the infamous hallmark holiday of St. Valentine is rearing its ugly head to either lift up our emotions for that special someone, or make you throw up in your mouth a little bit. Whether you love or hate the day of February 14th, we at iHorror can always find a way to make any of these nonsense holidays a little more tolerable by offering up something fun for our readers. So, I have taken it upon myself to whip up a little list of my personal favorite line of couples from the horror genre. The kind of couples that literally make you question if such a love exists because of the power behind their relationship. Yes. Even the horror game falls victim to the power of an amazing on-screen couple that leaves an impressionable mark on our hearts. Also, let’s face some hard horror facts here. Nothing makes a couple stronger than going through some sort of traumatic event together. Traumatic events such as fighting a relentless poltergeist, a murderer in a dream you both share, or even committing a good ol’ fashioned homicide together. You can’t argue science folks.
So without further hesitation on my part, here’s my top 10 all time favorite couples from horror movies that are so cute, it makes you sick.
Gabriel and Hilary Hartwicke
Toy makers by day, witches by night. Gabriel and Hilary are the absolute epitome of relationship goals right here. Growing old together and punishing asswads that deserve it? Perfect relationship. The elderly couple work together to bring both joy and karma to those deserving and it’s just the cutest damn thing. Their kind (just don’t piss them off) nature make them likeable from the beginning of the first frame, and you can see by them just looking at each other, they’ve had a long and happy marriage. They also made sure to preserve Judy’s father and stepmother’s marriage. They really did deserve each other. Isn’t that nice of them?!
Dan and Alice
A Nightmare On Elm Street 4 & 5
Alice and Dan. The only couple to ever live through a nightmare film, well, mainly thanks to Alice’s bravery in Dream Master. The shy and somewhat awkward girl from Springwood who had eyes for the school’s star jock, is a tale as old as time. Normally, in a slasher movie, a blossoming romance doesn’t mesh well with the story. Someone usually ends up the slab. However, in this case they not only made it through the nightmare together, but came out stronger than ever with a set up for the fifth film and another first for the series. Pregnancy. Yeah, ok Dream Child wasn’t the greatest in the franchise but it has its oddball memorable moments.
Ichabod Crane and Katrina Van Tassel
The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow
In every version of this beloved tale, Katrina Van Tassel has always been the love interest of Ichabod Crane. While some versions vary on how the two end up, in Tim Burton’s reimagining the pair immediately spark an attraction towards one another. Their development of feelings throughout the film are beautifully met with coy stolen glances and a true throwback to how an interested GENTLEMAN acts towards a young lady.
Chucky and Tiffany
Bride Of Chucky, Seed Of Chucky
The couple that slays together, stays together. (Corny? Oh yes, but it had to be said) Even homicidal maniacs trapped inside a plastic prison need love, and these two psychos compliment each other well. Even if they would never admit outright to such a disgusting thing. Their back and forth bitter antics in Bride form into true love. The two realizing and accepting the fact they are indeed soul mates, solidify the pair into one of horror’s coolest power couples. It really is both the morbid and dark comedy between the two that make them one of my favorite couples. One minute, decapitating someone, the next making swedish meatballs.
Seth Brundle and Veronica Quaife
The Fly (1986)
If you follow my personal ramblings here on iHorror at all, you know damn well how I feel about this massively epic film. Seth and Ronnie’s relationship is one of the most tragic things one could witness on-screen. The genius scientist and quirky journalist have a powerful chemistry and clear sexual tension right from the get-go between each other, and it is amazing throughout the film to witness the lengths Geena Davis’ character will go to protect him from others and himself. The miscalculations of Brundle turn this amazing love into one hell of a heartbreak. Making this one of the saddest endings to any fictional couple in horror and beyond the genre.
Steven and Diane Freeling
The parents of the adorably cursed CarolAnne, are at the end of the day, what a real marriage ought to be. The two aging hippies will both fight and stop at nothing to protect their family from the malevolent poltergeist that plagues them. The strength of their passion for each other and their children beams throughout the first 2 films, but it’s especially a strong subject in the sequel. Taylor, their guardian Indian per se, shows the pair their strength is their love, and is the only way to defeat the spirits of the beyond. Like, that time Steven was possessed by the tequila Kane worm and Diane screaming in his face about how much she loves him- made the good ol’ reverend puke himself right out of Steven. He was right. Always listen to your local Shaman Indian.
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Adam and Barbara Maitland
The most down to earth couple, even if they’re stuck in between worlds, definitely go out to Barb and Adam. We only got a glimpse into their mortal lives, but the recently deceased duo are clearly just as passionate for each other in death. In which case throwing that whole “til death do us part” saying right out the window. One of my favorite scenes with the two is when they are being exorcised. Even in a moment of sheer terror for the two, their admiration for each other shines through. Especially when Adam drops his lower jaw and Barb obliges to put it back in his place.
Edward and Kim Boggs
It almost doesn’t get any better than this gothic Beauty and the Beast Burton tale of love and lost. The child-like nature of Edward, feeling very confused about the new world around him, immediately falls for Kim at the mere sight of her face. No confusion there! He will literally do anything for this girl. Build ice sculptures, rob a house and defend his woman’s honor from her sadistic D-bag ex boyfriend. There are countless tender moments between the pair in the film, and it’s worth mentioning the duo were an item behind the scenes as well. Making their relationship very real on-screen.
The monster and his bride
The Bride Of Frankenstein
Ok, so maybe they weren’t Match.Com’s couple of the day. The feelings weren’t exactly mutual between the two, but one can certainly never deny the impact these two have had in the 80 past years’ serving as horror’s featured poster couple. All Frankie Jr. wanted was someone to love. A companion. With a little convincing with his creator, he manages to persuade him to make him a woman. This poor soul (Elsa Lanchester) didn’t have a clue on what was happening and just screamed in the monster’s face. When Jr. there decides to pull the lever, sending them all back to hell with a tear in his eye, it’s quite beautiful. “We belong dead.” Gets me every time.
Gomez and Morticia Addams
The Addams Family
There is no love greater in the horror world than the passion Morticia and Gomez share for one another. He worships her. She treats him as a king. It’s over the top disgustingly adorable. The admiration in every grim and quirky hobby they share shows just how madly they are in love with each other. As a matter of fact, I don’t think I’ve seen to this day, quite a husband character like Gomez who hangs on his wife’s every word the way he does. Ah, Cara Mia. Every ghoul’s dream man.
Take me to Berlin Gomez!
Which one of these horror couples is your all time favorite? Sound off in the comments, and Happy Valentine’s to all you bloody disgusting couples out there!