With their latest film, Spring, which turned more than a few heads when it screened as part of the BFI London Film Festival’s Cult strand in October 2014, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead have crafted a romantic nightmare so successful in blending genres that it has been compellingly described as “Lovecraft meets Linklater”.
Once there he meets a beautiful and mysterious young woman named Nadia, but as the pair become increasingly close, it becomes clear that Nadia has a dark and surprising secret that will test his feelings in ways he never imagined. While several of Universal’s monster movies convincingly double up as love stories (The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Bride of Frankenstein and Son of Dracula being some of the more heart-rending examples), it was Karl Freund’s tale of ancient Egyptian priest Imhotep that remains the studio’s most sweepingly romantic entry.
A wildly imaginative and effortlessly surprising piece of work, Spring is a thrilling exploration of just how frightening love can be, and with this in mind let us take a look back at some other horror films with a romantic streak. Upon discovering the tomb of a 3,700-year-old cadaver, a team of British archaeologists inadvertently revive the long dead deity.
In some ways, Marvel's "little movie that could." Its troubled production isn't visible on screen as its smallest, most unlikely hero takes on a case that's more of a caper than a world saving adventure.
Perhaps Marvel's most ambitious offering, with the largest assembly of superheroes ever put on screen together, Captain America: Civil War surpasses its source material and manages to tell a real story amid all the fisticuffs.
They all hit the road together and they all help each other change their perspectives on life.