Dreading Valentine’s Day smut films? These 10 films will awaken your dark side

Pissed off at lovey-dovey romantic comedies invading your T.V. on Valentine’s Day? Good, so are we. That’s why we selected these 10 films as your essential Valentine’s Day guide to the darker and slightly freakier side of romance. Some of these could make even Cupid blush.

1- Heathers: This 90s cult film will make you rethink the meaning of popular cliques and high school crushes. Starring Winona Ryder, Christian Slater and Shannen Doherty, Heathers is a surefire way to kiss those sweet first love flicks goodbye.

"Heathers"
“Heathers”

 

2- True Romance: Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette star in this Bonnie and Clyde style romance, in which a geek and a prostitute fall desperately in love. Long story short: the geek kills her pimp, they run away with a suitcase loaded with stolen money, and there’s some very steamy sex scenes. Screenplay is by Quentin Tarantino. Enough said.

 

3- Hard Candy: Ok, so not technically a romance, but this film definitely has its share of sexually charged scenes mixed with revenge and unexpected gore. Who doesn’t like a little of that on Valentine’s? Starring Ellen Page.

 

4- Only Lovers Left Alive: You really can’t go wrong with a vampire romance at any time of the year, and Valentine’s is no exception. Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston sizzle on screen as two very hot vampires who just want to be together for eternity. Alas, they find themselves running out of fresh O- type blood to survive. And they say love is dead.

"Only Lovers Left Alive"
“Only Lovers Left Alive”

 

5- Sex, Lies, and Videotape: An 80s classic, but still hot as hell. Bottom line: a bunch of good-looking people talking about their sexual desires on tape. Can’t go wrong with that. Starring James Spader, Laura San Giacomo, and Andie MacDowell.

 

6- Young Adam: Yes, Tilda Swinton again, but you really can’t go wrong with her. This time, she starts alongside another hottie, Ewan McGregor as the unhappy wife of a barge owner in Glasgow and McGregor joins them as the husband’s new assistant. Let’s just say the steam here doesn’t come from the barge.

"Young Adam".
“Young Adam”

 

7- Body Heat: Florida in the midst of a heat wave and no air conditioning. Add sex, death and intrigue to the mix and you have a scorching flick to enjoy on Valentine’s. Let’s say you’ll need plenty of ice cubes to watch this one without getting hot and bothered. Starring William Hurt and Kathleen Turner.

 

8- Love Me If You Dare: A not-so-sweet childhood sweetheart story, this film stars Marion Cotillard as Sophie, who develops a friendship with Julien who rescues her from a group of bullies. It seems simple enough, but there’s adultery, dangerous games, and death. True love, eh?

 

9- La Piscine: Yes, it does revolve around a pool, but leave it to the French to make it sexy and thrilling Starring Romi Schneider and Alain Delon, this film will make you want to take a cold shower. Or perhaps a cold swim.

"La Piscine"
“La Piscine”

 

10- Knock, Knock: Who’s there? Keanu Reeves alone in a cabin and two stranded women who come to his door for help during a raging storm. If you can survive the smoking hot sex and violence of this one, keep in mind your mother’s advice when you were a kid. Don’t open the door to strangers.

 

Check out these links for more steamy and dark romance suggestions:

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/

“80 Best Films Extreme Love, Dark Passion”: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls003878765/

About ADRIANA DELGADO 68 Articles
Art Film File is a site for cinephiles ,who like myself, have a deep respect, love, and admiration for independent and foreign films of every era. Readers who follow Art Film File are for the most part adverse to the "Hollywood Blockbuster" theorem (although there are many good ones out there) showing instead a strong inclination to connect with films that explore topics such as life, identity and philosophy without necessarily following a neat studio-oriented narrative. In the past, much like it is now, many independent and foreign films get done many times with countless challenges. Small budgets, little or no outside funding and absence of willing distributors are some of the problems that many American and foreign independent filmmakers face regularly. Art Film File acts as a conduit in bringing these films, past and present, to the public's attention. Art Film File is also a site that displays detailed reviews about films they haven't seen as well as for films they have seen and wish to share their own views. I plan to include interviews with filmmakers and actors of indie and foreign films in addition to articles depicting topics of interest for readers who already follow Art Film File and for those waiting to discover it. Adriana Delgado Founder and Blog Manager of Art Film File

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