If you love Valentine’s Day but are super sick and tired of all the traditional cliché films, then I’m here to offer you a selction that’s a bit less mainstream and a heck of a lot more fun to watch on the couch while cuddling with your special someone. I know that you might not think me the experpt since I’m a fan of all things scary, but I do actually watch the ocassional romantic film, I do have a pulse after all (unlike some of the characters in my stories).
Today I present you with 6 Valentine’s Day films for the not so mainstream crowd:
I really loved the book by Joe Hill (Stephen King’s son, if you didn’t already know) so it was an easy selection in the first place, slap on Daniel Radcliffe in the starring role and you have me like putty in your hands before the film even begins! The film is a creepy-fantastical-quirky mystery with all the dark humour you can handle, and as for the romance, it’s bittersweet, but it’s perfect and it’s real. Accused with the murder of his girlfriend and shunned by the town, “Ig” aka Radcliffe drinks himself silly and wakes up with horns and some strange abilities that will help him solve the murder and seek vengence. Okay so not your typical feel-good romcom, but I guarentee you’ll love it!
2. The Spirit of Christmas
Alas, Christmas has come and gone, but for those wishing to relive the magic of Christmas this Valentine’s Day, this is the film you have to see! It’s a Hallmark one, so be prepared for the mushy factor, but one thing this film has in heaps is originality! It’s not everyday someone falls in love with a ghost! ha! Workaholic lawyer Kate has been tasked with the appraisal and selling of a haunted Bed and Breakfast, what she doesn’t plan on is having to deal with a handsome ghost that returns every year in his physical form for the twelve days of Christmas, and he’s not exactly happy to hear of Kate’s plans, and cue creepy meet-cute!
3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
It’s like spring cleaning, but for your mind! This concept was so out there, that of course I had to watch it! Think about it, what if every heartbreak you’ve ever had could be erased? Good idea? Bad idea? Would you even really still be you? This non-traditional tale of romance stars a non-traditional Hollywood coupling of Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet, yet that’s what makes it so magical! After Clementine (Winslet) has the procedure done after a big fight, Joel (Carrey) decides he doesn’t want to suffer through remembering her either and gets the same procedure done. The film takes place in his mind as each memory is deleted, problem is as he revisits fond memories he wonders if the procedure was a good idea in the first place. This film is eternally romantic, and one of my all time faves.
This whimsical little film is simply about a girl with a pig’s nose, but more intricately about the desire to be loved just as we are, something we all experience, something we all crave, pig nose or not. The protagonist is played by the lovely Christina Ricci suffering from a family curse that can only be broken by love’s true kiss (sound familair?). With the press going to great lengths to get a glimpse of the strange looking girl, her parents fake her death and hide her from the world, until of course it’s time to find her a suitor and break the curse, that’s when things get interesting and she meets “Max” played by James McAvoy, who isn’t all he seems to be. This film is equal parts hilarious and empowering, a must watch in my books!
5. Meet Joe Black
Loosely based on the 1934 film Death Takes a Holiday, this film has one twisted sense of humour about romance, falling in love with death? If that isn’t poetic, I don’t know what is. The film takes us on a journey where Death possesses the body of a man hit by multiple cars, that body happens to belong to Brad Pitt, not the worst body you could pick to prance around in. During this possession Death aka Joe Black, steals the love interest of his skin suit and really begins to fall hard for her, it definitely complicates matters when he knows that he is to take her father with him very soon. Ah love and death, they go hand and hand, it’s a tragic truth, get the tissues for this one!
6. The Only Lovers Left Alive
Vampires and Valentine’s Day seems like a no brainer to me, but maybe it’s not to your taste? I’m here to convince you otherwise. Staring chameleon Tilda Swinton and a brooding Tom Hiddleston, this film explores the boredom of imortality, and although love is forever, sometimes it’s not enough. Adam and Eve have been married for centuries, but live very different lives. When Eve hears a certain desperation in Adam’s voice, she panics and returns to him in Detroit where she realizes that he is depressed with the idea of forever and has grown tired with change and the modern world. Fearing he wants to end his immortal life, Eve makes it her mission to remind him to use his eternity to create, since he is a musician, and also to remeber they have eachother, no matter what!
I hope you’ll check out some of these gems this Valentine’s Day, these unique films are sure to keep you entertained and keep your romantic hearts burning bright.
Happy Valentine’s Day Zombabes 😉