On the surface, horror and romance don’t seem like they inherently go hand in hand. However, when we look at the genre as a whole, there’s no shortage of couples who are either fun or fascinating to watch. So in honor of Valentine’s Day, we thought it would be fun to look at the 10 most interesting couples in horror movies, in order from most toxic to couple goals.
The Dysfunctional Couples We Can’t Look Away From
Imhotep and Anck Su Namun (The Mummy Returns)
It all began with a love affair. High Priest Imhotep was in love with the pharaoh’s mistress Anck Su Namun, which leads to them promptly killing the pharaoh when he discovers it. Thus the entire reason that Imhotep is cursed and mummified alive is because of this passionate love.
And even three thousand years later, resurrecting her is the only thing on his mind. However, the reason this relationship is considered toxic is because it’s entirely one sided. Anck Su Namun does return into the reincarnation of her own body in The Mummy Returns, and Imhotep tragically discovers that she’s not as devoted to him.
As the Golden Pyramid is collapsing back into the Earth, Anck Su Namun abandons Imhotep when he pleads with her to help him, and the look of absolute heartbreak on his face almost makes you feel sorry for him and forget all the awful things he’s done for two movies. He was willing to go to hell and back for her, but she wouldn’t do the same for him.
We almost included Rick and Evie from the same franchise on this list, because of the amazing chemistry and support they give each other. But the recasting of Rachel Weisz with Maria Bello in the third film kind of throws off that dynamic.
Dracula and Elisabeta/Mina (Bram Stoker’s Dracula)
Another love story across the centuries, the false knowledge of Dracula’s death caused Elisabeta to commit suicide, while her actual death led to him to renounced God and become a vampire. While he already had plans to move to London, it’s when he sees a picture of Mina (who bears striking resemblance to Elisabeta) that his plan changes.
There’s certainly passion in the original relationship back in the 15th century, however if they’d been better at communicating, tragedy never would have befallen them. And while Dracula does manage to seduce Mina to his affection, it’s mostly a trance that comes and goes. Not exactly the makings of a healthy relationship.
Chucky and Tiffany (Bride/Seed/Curse/Cult of Chucky)
The killer doll couple is so hilariously dysfunctional, that they make episodes of Jerry Springer look downright tame. They argue, fight, throw things, and usually escalate to threatening to kill each other.
They’re one of those couples that are so dysfunctional that they’re perfect for each other, because no one else could handle either of them (plus there’s the fact that they’re both dolls). To be fair however, they do get less toxic as time goes on. At the end of Bride of Chucky, Tiffany laments that they really should be dead.
And after becoming parents in Seed of Chucky, they work together to be good parents, and even make an attempt to give up murdering people. By Curse and Cult of Chucky, both Chucky and Tiffany don’t even seem toxic anymore and are working together pretty efficiently.
Tragic Couples That Had Potential
Gale Weathers and Deputy Dewey (Scream franchise)
While technically still together in universe (but unfortunately divorced in real life), Gale and Dewey seemed downright distant in Scream 4. Their getting together was quite adorably awkward and natural in the first film, but there doesn’t seem to be long term compatibility to them.
Granted, this is all just based on the movies that are out now, and Scream 5 may change things. But in a weird way the real life divorce of David Arquette and Courteney Cox sort of mirrors the distance between their characters.
Thomas and Edith (Crimson Peak)
There was an initial temptation to include Thomas and his sister Lucille on this list as a toxic couple. And while there’s certainly a lot to unpack with the whole incest dynamic, it’s Thomas and his actual wife Edith that we’d like to discuss.
Because contained in their story is a tragic romance that could have led to much more happiness, had it ended differently. Thomas clearly connects with Edith (given that she’s the only one of his scammed wives that he actually consummates the marriage with), and he’s very much under the thumb of Lucille.
She’s calling the shots, and when he finally resists, she kills him for it. When he was first charming Edith, a lot of that chemistry seemed very real, even it was all just a scheme to Lucille.
David and Alex (American Werewolf in London)
He was a tourist going through trauma far from home, she was a nurse caught in a rut in her life, and their romance was the result. Without that werewolf angle, it honestly would have made for a decent romantic comedy.
But instead it remains a tragedy for what could have been. David’s werewolf transformation ruined not only the life he had, but the life he might have had with Alex.
Lee and Evelyn Abbot (A Quiet Place)
They say that times of war, disaster, and hardship bring out the very best and worst in people. If a couple can flourish with things are difficult, then it stands to reason they will when things are great.
And we can think of no challenge greater than a world-ending alien invasion with creatures that kill any human they hear. Lee and Evelyn clearly have a system that works, between the trails of sand, the emergency fireworks, and everything else.
But even in between all there, we get a few tender and sweet moments. So even in the face of the apocalypse, they don’t forget to be a couple.
Columbus and Wichita (Zombieland)
Much like the previous couple, Columbus and Wichita thrive in a post-apocalyptic world, the primary difference being they weren’t a pre-existing couple. On the one hand, it does seem like they didn’t have many options (which the movie brings up), but they still complement each other really well.
And even in Zombieland: Double Tap they seem to have a pretty good groove after being together for a decade. And it’s only Columbus’ marriage proposal that scares Wichita.
Ed and Lorraine Warren (The Conjuring Universe)
Just to be clear, we’re looking at their movie characters, not necessarily the real Ed and Lorraine Warren. But as portrayed in the Conjuring films, they’re extremely supportive of each other, and they get to spend tons of quality time working cases together.
The Conjuring 2 even has a “romantic” subplot about their backstory that James Wan said he “snuck” into the movie. Some couples really flourish with working together, and these two prove that the same goes for paranormal investigating.
Gomez and Morticia Addams (The Addams Family)
No couple even comes close to Gomez and Morticia. They’re weird, they’re crazy, but they’re also madly in love. In a time when sitcom couples did nothing but bicker and fight, the Addams family were meant to be the satirical antithesis to the traditional American family.
And this bizarro interpretation was of a couple that are supportive of their children, and who relish in their private, intimate time. To a “normal” person they seem dark and strange, but they completely own their weirdness and love each other for it!
Which couples are your favorites? Were there any that we missed? Let us know in the comments!