It's Valentine's Day, and love is mentioned in every commercial, pre-fixe dinner special menu title, and gift roundup. Blergh.
There are ways to celebrate Valentine's Day without buying into the saccharine, rose-colored empire built up around the idea of romantic love. Something that this Hallmark-themed day tends to forget: Love can be gnarly. Gruesome. Dark.
So, if you're feeling anti-Valentine's Day (and anti-establishment), we have the perfect movie watching itinerary for you. Each of the films in this round-up distort the themes lurking behind the most romantic holiday's discussion of love, pairings, and relationships. They plunge into feelings of obsession, pain, fear – things that also arise as a result of relationships. Some slasher movies attack the entire Valentine's Day enterprise in an overt, gruesome way. Others are more subtle explorations of how one never really knows who one is going to bed with. And each will be the perfect antidote to Valentine's Day fever.