Ever since the dawn of civilisation, people have sat around drinking coffee and asking, "So, are you seeing anyone?"
There's something so inherently desirable about the world of dating and relationships, they can bring you companionship, love and an end to your loneliness.
The problem is, it's not all sunshine and rainbows.
The world of romance is full of anxiety, confusion, mediocrity and a host of other issues. That's why it has become a source of stress and concern for so many people, despite the fun intentions. Naturally, when something can be perceived as even slightly scary, the horror genre will jump at it, latch on, and turn it into a literal nightmare.
Horror has taken the concept of relationships and turned out some terrifying movies with it. They address horrifying thoughts like do you really know the person? Can you trust them? Could they hurt you? And, most importantly, do they belong to some weird sort of cult?
Surely everyone's fallen for that last one before, right?
These horror flicks will make you glad you're spending your Friday nights alone.
10. Fear (1996)
You think you know Mark Wahlberg? Well, this is Marky Mark in a way you've never seen him before, and it's not the nicest look. It's a film that takes an unflinching glimpse into deception, gaslighting and predatory behaviour. So, if any of those things bother you, then steer clear of this one.
Fear follows a 16-year-old girl named Nicole (played by Reese Witherspoon) as she falls for the charming and attractive David. Things seem peachy at first, but as David grows progressively possessive and unpredictable, it becomes clear that his vows to be "together forever" are more of a threat than a promise.
Part of what makes this movie so terrifying is that everything feels painfully real despite how over-the-top David is and how intense things get. Gaslighting people into believing something that didn't happen, acting possessive and growing increasingly violent are all terrifying things that people can experience in the real world. Thus, their application here makes the movie dangerously unsettling.
It takes real-life experiences and pushes them to the max, making a horror movie that's shocking and dramatic, but still grounded in realism, no matter how wild the climax gets.