I Love You to Death: Ten Must See Horror Romance Movies

I Love You to Death: Ten Must See Horror Romance Movies

By Kelly Florence & Meg Hafdahl


Since Frankenstein’s monster met his pale other half, love has found a way to survive in the horror genre. Why do two such opposing forces, butterflies and chainsaws, work so well together? As the co-authors of the Science of Horror book series we break down the science of both love and fear to understand the sweet as candy interplay between our two favorite genres. Here are ten horror movies with romance that we recommend:


This horror comedy from 2023 focuses on Dracula’s assistant, Renfield. While the romance isn’t overt in the film, we couldn’t help but ship Renfield (Nicholous Hoult) and Rebecca (Awkwafina), a police officer trying to get to the bottom of crime in New Orleans. They should be enemies but fight together to defeat the bad guys and Dracula himself. Be still our hearts!

Bones and All

A love story with cannibalism doesn’t sound very romantic but just trust us, okay? While Renfield is all fun and games, Bones and All is more tragedy and drama. By the end you’ll feel like your heart has been ripped out…you know kinda like those people they’re eating.

The Addams Family

Has there ever been a couple more perfect for eachother than Morticia and Gomez? We don’t think so! And their absolute love and respect for one another is #GOALS. 

The Shape of Water

Forbidden love or pairings that seem impossible to work are some of our favorites so when a sea creature and a woman fall in love, we’re hooked. (no pun intended) 

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Another forbidden romance: a vampire and a mortal. But this time, the “girl” (Shelia Vand) is the vampire and they meet at a Halloween party where Arash (Arash Marandi) is dressed as, you guessed it, a vampire. This inversion of gender roles, plus the beautifully filmed aesthetic of the movie makes for a horror-romance experience you won’t soon forget. 

Promising Young Woman

If you’ve seen Promising Young Woman, you know it contains a subplot of romance that is completely adorable and also heartwrenching. Cassie (Carrie Mulligan) and Ryan (Bo Burnham) went to medical school together and reconnect at a coffee shop she’s now employed at. He asks her out, she declines. Even spitting in his coffee couldn’t deter him!  By the time she gives him a shot, we are ready for the sing-along montage of all the cute things they do together but wait, the horror is coming. 

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Two of our favorite things: Jane Austen and flesh eating undead. Put them together and you get Pride and Prejudice and Zombies! What’s more romantic than fighting off hungry ghouls with the love of your life? Darcy (Sam Riley) has more than social status to worry about in this version. And if you’re like us, you love the trappings of the Austen era juxtaposed against the backdrop of blood and mayhem. Oh, and Elizabeth (Lily James) is a zombie-killing bad ass! 


Body swap horror and comedy is done hilariously and earnestly in Freaky from writer Michael Kennedy. The romance is 100% based on personality, and not looks, as Booker (Uriah Shelton) and Millie (Kathryn Newton), who swapped bodies with the Blissfield Butcher played by Vince Vaughn, fall in love.

Shaun of the Dead

One of our favorite horror comedies of all time also contains a sweet love story. Shaun (Simon Pegg) doesn’t just have a zombie apocalypse to deal with, he’s also trying to win back girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield) who’s tired of Shaun’s lazy lifestyle. What a great opportunity he has to prove her wrong! 

Warm Bodies

Are you sensing a theme? Another zombie movie and this time, the zombie is the love interest! We love this take on the undead, in which a zombie can feel love for Julie, played by scream queen Teresa Palmer. Unlike the simple, brain-hungry creatures of Romero films, Warm Bodies will surprise you with a zombie with a personality. Also, good news, if you thought the lead in Renfield was cute, the same actor, Nicholas Hoult, plays “R” the zombie. 

Can’t get enough bloody valentines?  May we suggest you check out Lisa Frankenstein in theaters this February 9th, 2024. The film is described as a “coming of rage love story” starring horror queen Kathryn Newton and our Riverdale crush Cole Sprouse. 

We’ll be in the front row. 

Let us know about your favorite horror romance here at Horror Tree or @kellyflorence and @meghafdahl. 

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