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Bloody love stories – The best couples in horror movies
1- Dewey & Gale (Scream)
With Scream 6’s release just around the corner, the highlighting of Scream’s staple duo Dewey Riley (David Arquette) and Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) has never been more important. The pair nail the opposites attract trope, with Gale’s fierceness and Dewey’s softness being a perfect match to track down the copious Ghostface killers. Their on-screen chemistry was made even more present due to the fact that Arquette and Cox were married for over a decade.
2- Chucky and Tiffany (Bride of Chucky)
Chucky (Brad Dourif) and Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly) are the definitive killer couple who really are bad to the bone (or plastic in their case). The murderous team bring tough love to the forefront as their brutal jabs, constant bickering, and subsequent decimation of one another somehow lead to an iconic horror couple. Over the years, the pair have appeared in four movies together, as well as featuring in Chucky (2021-), the acclaimed TV series adaption of the franchise.
3- Evelyn and Lee (A Quiet Place)
Evelyn (Emily Blunt) and Lee Abbot (John Krasinski) belong to the blossoming Quiet Place franchise, which revels in the duo battling an apocalyptic landscape whilst still devoting themselves entirely to their marriage and children. In what can only be described as an extremely emotional state of affairs is the parting of Lee and Evelyn’s long partnership after the tragic ending of the first film. But the reason why the couple made such an impact with just one film is due to their impeccable connection in real life, with the pair being together since 2008.
4- Shaun and Liz (Shaun of the Dead)
Shaun (Simon Pegg) and Liz (Kate Ashfield) stray more on the unconventional side, particularly as they spend the majority of the film trying to juggle a fresh breakup with the impending doom that comes with a zombie outbreak. The beauty of Shaun and Liz revolves around the simplicity of their relationship, they break up, they make up, and ultimately create a dishevelled vibe that makes the dreaded zombie situation all the more heightened.
5- Seth and Veronica (The Fly)
Lying beneath the visceral body horror and Cronenbergian madness is The Fly’s rather emotional tonality as we see Seth (Jeff Goldblum) metamorphosis into a grotesque fly as his love interest Veronica (Geena Davis) has to watch him succumb to his illness. The Fly lures us in with all of its dismay and visual aesthetics, but what truly forces us to stay invested is the tragedy that comes between Seth and Veronica coming to terms with the impending deathly fate.
6- Adelaide and Gabe (US)
Adelaide (Lupita Nyong’o) and Gabe (Winston Duke) are one of the rare horror couples whose relationship remains unchallenged throughout the film; there are no affairs, serious disputes, or mentions of past mistakes. Rather than act as an instigator of tension, Peele simply infuses their marriage as part of the story. Through this subtlety it’s a given that we become invested in the outcome of the characters, meaning that every knock, blow, and tragedy stings just that little bit more.
7- Deena and Sam (Fear Street)
The Fear Street trilogy was certainly a standout surprise when it hit Netflix back in 2021, with each film surveying the unique stylisations that come with Summer slashers, witchy archaic atmospheres, and modern-day teen horror. Amidst all the chaos and thrills of every film, one running aspect that remained strong was the relationship between the two leads Deena (Kiana Madeira) and Sam (Olivia Scott Welch)—acting as a refreshing spin on the typical jock and cheerleader dynamic seen within the archetypal teen horror flick.
8- Morticia and Gomez (The Addams Family)
Whilst the world has taken Wednesday under its wing, the relationship between Morticia (Anjelica Huston) and Gomez Addams (Raul Julia) has simultaneously grown in popularity amongst newer audiences. But, Gomez’s cinematic love story has been brewing for years with their relationship first appearing on screen all the way back in 1964 in the original sitcom.
9- Big John and Little John (Halloween Kills)
Now… Big John (Scott MacArthur) and Little John (Michael McDonald) may not hold the strongest presence within the horror genre as their appearance in Halloween Kills was very much brief, but their impact was definitely not underwhelming. The hilarious duo is possibly one of the best factors in Halloween Kills, with the pair’s stellar comedic line delivery, and eventual brutal dismay making for a more than memorable watch.
10- Ed and Lorraine Warren (The Conjuring)
Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) have been at the top of the horror love story hierarchy since their appearance in the first of many entries in the ever-growing Conjuring universe. The possession-battling duo are always shown battling it out together, at each other’s side. So much so, that even the latest Conjuring film (The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It) focused on the relationship between the Warrens as a backbone for the entire film.
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