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If you love horror, there’s nothing quite like sharing that love with someone special. Here are 5 genre essentials for a killer date night.

In most cases, arranging a date might follow the same approach. You try new technology and go online to find love with Internet dating, or arrange a date with any person you met offline and deemed interesting. Most follow the old-fashioned rules of arranging a meal or a romantic drink at a swanky bar. However, why conform to the rules when you can mix things up and try something new, such as arranging to watch horror movies with your date?

If you’re really a hardcore horror love (which, we’re guessing you might just be!), you may even be searching for someone specifically who shares your passion for the genre. Fortunately, with the help of modern technology, you can easily find someone who is on your wavelength. Once you go online and sign up to the platform, you would be able to filter only those individuals who enjoy horror movies using special search filters. Then all that’s left is to plan the perfect horror movie date night!

There are plenty of horror films to explore, but these five genre gems virtually guarantee a night of frights, scares, and frolics! 

1. Gerald’s Game (2017)

This gem of a film is perfect for initiating a spot of romance while waiting for those frightening scenes to appear. Gerald’s Game, written and directed by modern master of horror Mike Flanagan, is based on a chilling Stephen King novel. It does involve some bondage, but it’s far less sexy than it sounds — so you may want to make sure your handcuffs are hidden away for the time being.

Inform your date to expect plenty of twists and turns, and make sure that you’ve got plenty of popcorn on hand for those tension-filled moments. Then turn the lights off, cuddle up on the sofa, and let the captivating plot unravel because. There’s plenty here to keep you both on the edge of your seat.

Currently, you can stream Gerald’s Game on Netflix.

2. Bride of Chucky (1998)

This classic horror movie is great for watching alone, but it’s even better when you share it with someone special. In much the same way, Chucky — the foul-mouthed, wise-cracking, killer doll housing the soul of a serial killer — was always a ton of pint-sized fun. But he’s even more of a treat when his bag of tricks includes a demented bride along for the ride.

It’s a film that’s packed with scary moments and plenty of strange scenes that are great for date night. Once you’ve watched this lively horror film together, you’re going to want to explore more moments and frightening films together, too!

Currently, you can stream Bride of Chucky for free with ads on Peacock.

3. The Exorcist (1973)

This legendary movie is certain to leave your date shivering and wanting to grab the covers to hide their eyes, but that’s where the fun really begins!

The Exorcist may be nearly 50 years old, but this genre classic had filmgoers running out of the cinema in fear when it was first released. And it still manages to frighten even the most sophisticated modern audiences, topping most “Scariest Films of All Time” lists. With a demon possessing a 12-year-old girl, there are many terrifying and truly memorable scenes.

Currently, you can stream The Exorcist on a few subscription services, including Fubo, Sling, Directv, Spectrum, and AMC Plus. It’s also widely available to rent on demand. 

4. Friday the 13th (1980)

Friday the 13th may be one of those horror films to watch on a projector in the garden on a Summer or cool Fall evening. Most of the film takes place outdoors at the infamous Camp Crystal Lake, so watching it outside would certainly add to the tension and creepy atmosphere.

This film is based around a group of camp counselors who show up to help reopen a camp that’s been closed for years following a series of grim events — including the accidental drowning of a young camper and the murder of two camp counselors. The locals are superstitious, warning Camp Crystal Lake (aka Camp Blood) holds nothing but tragedy for all who dare to visit. But the teens fail to heed the warnings and find themselves being stalked and murdered in gruesome ways by a mysterious killer.

Is the killer seeking revenge? Who will survive the nightmare and live to tell the story? This is a staple of the slasher sub-genre and one of the most iconic, well-known, and beloved horror films of all time — for good reason.

Currently, you can stream Friday the 13th for free with ads on Peacock and Pluto. 

5. A Nightmare on Elm Street

Nightmare on Elm Street

Finally, we end with another essential horror classic that never gets old no matter how many times you see it.

A Nightmare on Elm Street is hugely entertaining and has a great scare factor because it involves nightmares,  sleep paralysis, and even murder. Like Friday the 13th, this film delivers another iconic villain, but this boogeyman is even more terrifying because he stalks you in your sleep — where you can’t escape. The only way to stay safe is to stay awake, and you can only do that for so long.

Besides being truly frightening, Freddy Krueger is one of the most watchable baddies of all time and the king of inventive kills. He’s got a wicked backstory, and he seems to truly delight in causing as much terror and mayhem as possible. In fact, he quite literally feeds on fear.

Currently, you can stream A Nightmare on Elm Street on HBO Max or Peacock Premium. 

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