If there are two genres that don't seem to go together, it's horror and romance. Yet, somehow when done right, the two together can make for a truly remarkable combination.
When compared to other sub-genres of horror such as found footage, what makes this one in particular difficult to pull off is the fact it is two polar opposite sides of the film spectrum being pressed together in one. Unlike sci-fi or folk horror, there is nothing much inherently frightening about the romantic genre.
Take movies like Event Horizon or The Wicker Man for example. You could remove the major horror elements from them and still be left with stories that illicit a sense of dread because of their setting and tone. With romance though, the genre itself is almost always more upbeat and hopeful, making it hard to find anything scary to draw from.
It takes a delicate touch to craft this balance well. That's why the rare few that do it well are so remarkable. They're like pearls in a sea of sludge.
With this in mind, it's time to take a dive into ten horror romances for the loved and the lost.