Tainted Love: 5 Terrifically Twisted Romance Thrillers

DSC_0158-001I   was going to do a list of great romances to watch in honor of Valentine’s Day this weekend, but then my cynical side took over and decided to do something a little more twisted.

The only thing that I love more than movies where love produces a happy ending is when it goes horribly wrong. If you love thrillers and the tales of obsessive love then keep on reading!

Fear (1996)

This golden nugget stars Marky Mark (sometimes known as Mark Wahlberg) and Reese Witherspoon. Reese is a sophomore in high school named Nicole who meets Wahlberg’s character, 23 year old David, at a club. He begins to court her and although her family is alarmed by his sometimes possessive behavior of Nicole she falls for him. By the time that she realizes that he is highly aggressive and domineering his sites have been set on Nicole and he proves that he will do anything to make sure that she never leaves him.

During the movie you see David transform from a charming young man into a complete nutcase and it’s wonderful. Mark Wahlberg is a dynamic actor and does good job of playing the many sides of David. It’s also fun to watch early performances from actors that have matured and grown throughout the years.

Cruel Intentions (1999)

If you’re a millennial then you know that this film is a classic of our generation. It’s just awesome. There’s romance, betrayal, and constant dark humor. Once again the film stars Reese Witherspoon alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar (for all the Buffy fanatics), and a younger and definitely swoon worthy Ryan Phillippe.

Phillippe is a playboy whose twisted new step-sister (Gellar) dares him to win the heart of Witherspoon then dump her. He accepts the dare and as he gets to know Withespoon’s character he finds himself actually opening up and falling for her. But, he can’t keep the secret of why he was originally drawn to her forever and as the lies unfold his relationship also falls apart.

Prom Night (2008)

I couldn’t make this list without at least one slasher film on it. Though Prom Night is a remake of the 80’s horror classic of the same name, it’s pretty good as far as reboots go.

Brittany Snow stars as a high school senior who is recovering from the traumatic murder of her family when she was a freshman. A teacher who had become obsessed with her killed her family. Although she managed to thwart his attack and he was put in jail, she has lived in fear ever since. Her stalker manages to escape and comes back to finish what he started three years ago on…you guessed it, prom night.

Obssesed (2009)

Sharon (Beyonce) is a woman with an idyllic life. Her husband Derek (Idris Elba) loves her and has a flourishing career and together they have a beautiful child. Things are just coming up roses until Lisa (Ali Larter) becomes a temp at Derek’s company. After meeting Derek she becomes infatuated with him and attempts to seduce him every chance that she gets. Sharon becomes highly suspicious although her husband constantly reassures her that nothing is happening between them.

As the film goes on you see that Lisa is not just infatuated she’s obsessed. Her antics consistently get more and more drastic and she goes to the extreme to get Sharon out of the picture, but Sharon (the queen Bee) is not going out without a fight. But as we all know, crazy doesn’t die easily.

The Roommate (2011)

This film is proof that all kinds of love can take a turn for the worse. Even the love of a roommate. Minka Kelly and Leighton Meester star in this thriller. Sara (Minka Kelly) is a design student who moves in with Rebecca (Leighton Meester) at the start of their freshman year. Sara takes advantage of the social side of freshman year and makes many friends while Rebecca solely focuses on her relationship with Sara.

Slowly but surely Sara put the pieces together about Rebecca and realizes that she is highly unstable and will stop at nothing to make sure that she has Sara all to herself.

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