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The 14 Best Horror Movies to Stream for Valentine’s Day

From "Mandy" and "Misery" to "Fresh" and "The Lobster," these are the scary movies sure to twist the knife and/or leave you heartsick this February 14.

(Clockwise from bottom left): "Cat People," "The Lobster," "Midsommar," "Bones and All," "Fresh," and "Mandy"

(Clockwise from bottom left): “Cat People,” “The Lobster,” “Midsommar,” “Bones and All,” “Fresh,” and “Mandy”

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Roses are red. Violets are blue. We hate Valentine’s Day. How about you?

OK, “hate” is an overstatement. At the very least, capitalism’s annual ode to the big L-O-V-E is an excellent excuse to revisit our favorite rom-coms and dramatic love stories. From “The Notebook” and “Moonlight” to “Notting Hill” and “Crazy Rich Asians,” the best movies about the highs and lows of finding The One can bring smiles to our faces and tears to our eyes. Arguably, it’s these films that make the most compelling arguments for a holiday wholly dedicated to flowers, greeting cards, and other displays of chocolate-dipped devotion.

Still, Valentine’s Day draws ire for its materialistic center and vaguely exclusionary culture. More than ever, singles, couples, and so-called “situationships” are foregoing the traditional dinner-for-two and enjoying Galentine’s, Palentine’s, and other counter culture celebrations on or around February 14. Whether you’re honoring the platonic relationships in your life, or giving a pointed middle finger to the largely heteronormative holiday, horror movies can provide a great outlet for your anti-Valentine’s feels.

Featuring a human heart in a box of chocolates, George Mihalka’s “My Bloody Valentine” is a 1981 Canadian slasher set in a troubled mining town. It’s the most iconic scary movie set on February 14, but at number three doesn’t top our list of recommendations for what to stream this year. There’s a campy joy to seeing seasonally specific details in scary movies, yes. (See Hulu’s holiday-themed “Into the Dark” horror TV anthology, and its three Valentine’s Day specials: “Down,” “My Valentine, and “Tentacles.”) But you have more options of better quality when you considering cuing up more generally terrifying tales about romance and revenge.

Cautionary tales of stranger danger, such as Anna Biller’s “The Love Witch” and Mimi Cave’s “Fresh,” are strong contenders for a group of singles griping about the dating scene. Alternatively, people who are partnered up might find sick fun in watching Ari Aster’s notorious breakup movie “Midsommar” or Yorgos Lanthimos’ absurdist tragedy “The Lobster.” And for the offbeat romantic, there’s always Guillermo del Toro’s Best Picture winner: “The Shape of Water.”

Listed in order of our preference, here are 14 horror movies to leave you heartsick this Valentine’s Day.

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