Relationships are hard. Especially in a horror movie where forces — whether natural or supernatural, occult, psychosexual, or otherwise — work against a couple who, already perilously on the verge of crumbling, never stood a chance anyway.
This Halloween, one of the great scary movie genres to dive into is the relationship-horror film, a territory that directors, screenwriters, and actors have all mined to exorcise their personal demons with the help of a camera. This past summer’s “Midsommar” — Ari Aster’s sun-soaked horror story about a couple on the rocks who decide that dropping in on a pagan death cult in Sweden is a possible salve for their crumbling relationship — revived a genre that flourished in the ’60s and ’70s. Below, IndieWire has rounded up the 12 best picks to scare up your Halloween (and these are probably best watched alone, unless you’re feeling secure in your current partnership).
For those of you who are single on All Hallow’s Eve, these movies suggest it might be better to never have loved at all than to have loved and lost your wife to a tentacled sex-slave monster, or your husband to a devil-worshipping cult that wants your unborn child. Read on, choose carefully, and let the spirits move you this Halloween.