Since the days when Dracula swooned his sweethearts with his hypnotic gaze to modern twinkling Twilight love connections, we horror fans have been obsessed with forbidden love. How many times in horror cinema have we seen a woman cling to her misshapen, monstrous lover? How many times have we seen a wretched man lament his dearly departed? We love messed up love stories, and we're taking a look at some of our favorite horror movie couples. These may not have been matches made in heaven, but… you know, they're close enough!
Buffy and Spike in Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Sure, Buffy fans will point to Angel as her one true love... and sure, that in and of itself is a pretty sordid tale of vampire/slayer love. But come on! If you want steamy, sexy, "it ain't right but it feels alright" love, you've got to go with Buffy and Spike. Whether they're doing the deed up against a wall or arguing in front yards, Buffy and her vampire man (who's not quite sure he wants to be good) have to make this list. So steamy, so much blonde hair, so much drama!
Julie and "R" in Warm Bodies
This movie, equal parts Romeo and Juliet and Shaun of the Dead, tells the tale of gore-crossed lovers Julie and "R." Julie's a nice girl just trying to survive after the zombie apocalypse. Her father's the leader of a humans-only enclave; her friends and boyfriend are all living and thriving despite the fallout. Julie's life is a picturesque as post-apocalyptic life could be… until she meets R. You see, R's been dead for a long time, and he's a zombie, but when he sees Julie he begins to come to life, and as they fall in love with each other both sides of the Humans vs. Zombies war weigh in with their opinions. No one thinks their relationship is right. But love, like a stubborn zombie, won't die that easily.
Dr. Anton Phibes and Victoria Regina Phibes in The Abominable Dr. Phibes
They say love knows no bounds. In the case of Vincent Price's portrayal of Dr. Phibes that's proved all too true. The goodly doctor, maimed and deeply disfigured in a car crash, blames the death of his wife on incompetent doctors. By recreating the ten plagues of Egypt to get his revenge, he finally lays down to rest with his wife (Caroline Munro). She, looking beautiful and preserved with embalming fluid, lies dead in a coffin as he begins to slowly drain his own blood and replace it with preservative fluids. You know the old adage: If you can't get your lover back… kill a bunch of doctors before pickling yourself!
Herman and Lily Munster in The Munsters
1960's sitcom The Munsters took the idea of the classic American family and made it spin in its grave. It cast a typical, blue-collar family as a series of classic monsters, and played out familiar jokes and plots with a gothic light. Though it came out around the same time as The Addams Family, the two series were vastly different. Herman Munster went to work, the family lived in a suburb (not a gothic castle), and their lives were full of fun and folly. Herman Munster, the Frankenstein's Monster and patriarch of the family, married Lily Munster, a vampire from Transylvania. Sure, those two monster archetypes have teamed up, but never in bed! And it's nice to see people from very different backgrounds getting together. I mean, if a Frankenstein's Monster and a vampire can fall in love (and give birth to a wolf boy?), maybe there's hope for us all.
Swamp Thing and Abby in Alan Moore's Swamp Thing
When you fall in love with a mass of plants that have soaked up the memories and thoughts of a scientist who died in a fire… you're gonna run into trouble. Abby, from Alan Moore's run on the comic Swamp Thing, found that out the hard way when she fell in love with the titular hero monster. Abby's been locked up, charged with crimes against nature, and run out of town (to Gotham, no less), but her love for Swamp Thing endured. What started as a friendship blossomed into something but more profound. And when, in issue 34 ("The Rites of Spring") they consummate that love, it's in the form of a hallucination Abby experiences after eating something Swamp Thing grew from his own body. Hey now, horror fans, judge not, lest ye be judged!