12 movies to watch this Valentine's that will make you feel good about being single

Dec 19 2017, 1:59 pm

If you’re not feeling the love this Valentine’s Day, there’s one thing you could do to boost your mood: watch a scary movie.

The singletons of Vancity Buzz have put together a list of some of the most hair-raising relationship thrillers that make us quite happy to be single.

Do we have to deal with a manipulating wife trying to put us in jail? Nope. An office temp seducing our husband? Absolutely not. How about a devil baby? Yeah, right.

You might not find all these movies satisfyingly “scary,” or even very good, but you’ll definitely go to bed knowing there’s no psycho sleeping next to you.

Gone Girl (2014)


Image: Gone Girl (2014)

Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris
Writer: Gillian Flynn
Director: David Fincher

“On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?” – Rotten Tomatoes

Obsessed (2009)


Image: Obsessed (2009)

Starring: Beyoncé Knowles, Idris Elba, Ali Larter
Writer: David Loughery
Director: Steve Shill

“A successful executive with the perfect job and perfect wife finds his life falling apart when a sexy office temp sets out to seduce and destroy him.” – Netflix

Fear (1996)


Image: Fear (1996)

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Reese Witherspoon, William Petersen
Writer: Christopher Crowe
Director: James Foley

“When Nicole met David; handsome, charming, affectionate, he was everything. It seemed perfect, but soon she sees that David has a darker side. And his adoration turns to obsession, their dream into a nightmare, and her love into fear.” – IMDb

Enough (2002)


Image: Enough (2002)

Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Billy Campbell, Tessa Allen
Writer: Nicholas Kazan
Director: Michael Apted

“Working class waitress Slim finds her life transformed when she marries wealthy contractor Mitch. She settles into an idyllic suburban life and seems to have everything she wants: loving husband, beautiful home, and Gracie, an adorable 5-year-old daughter. Her dream is shattered when she discovers her husband is anything but perfect.” – Rotten Tomatoes

Fatal Attraction (1987)

Fatal Attraction

Image: Fatal Attraction (1987)

Starring: Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, Anne Archer
Writer: James Dearden
Director: Adrian Lyne

“The film centers on a married man who has a weekend affair with a woman who refuses to allow it to end, resulting in emotional blackmail, stalking, and an ensuing obsession on her part.” – Wikipedia

So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993)

So I Married an Axe Murderer

Image: So I Married an Axe Murderer

Starring: Mike Myers, Nancy Travis, Anthony LaPaglia
Writer: Robbie Fox
Director: Thomas Schlamme

“Charlie, a poet, hasn’t had much luck with women, but then he meets Harriet, the girl of his dreams.. or is it his nightmares? Charlie begins to suspect that Harriet is Ms X, a woman who marries then kills her husbands.” – IMDb

Othello (1995)


Image: Othello (1996)

Starring: Laurence Fishburne, Kenneth Branagh, Irène Jacob
Writer: Oliver Parker, William Shakespeare
Director: Oliver Parker

“Strong performances, lyrical location shooting, and high production values add impact and verisimilitude to this entertaining adaptation of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy. Laurence Fishburne gives a moving performance as the Moorish general whose tender passion for his wife is twisted into obsessive jealousy by the treachery of a trusted junior officer.” – Rotten Tomatoes

Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005)

Mr and Mrs Smith

Image: Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005)

Starring: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Adam Brody
Writer: Simon Kinberg
Director: Doug Liman

“John and Jane Smith are an ordinary suburban couple with an ordinary, lifeless suburban marriage. But each of them has a secret: They are legendary assassins working for competing organizations. When the truth comes out, John and Jane end up in each other’s cross-hairs.” – Rotten Tomatoes

Disclosure (1994)


Image: Disclosure (1994)

Starring: Michael Douglas, Demi Moore, Donald Sutherland
Writer: Paul Attanasio, Michael Crichton
Director: Barry Levinson

“A computer specialist is sued for sexual harassment by a former lover turned boss who initiated the act forcefully, which threatens both his career and his personal life.” – IMDb

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)


Image: Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Starring: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon
Writer: Roman Polanski, Ira Levin
Director: Roman Polanski

“A young couple move into a new apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins controlling her life.” – IMDb


 Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)

Sleeping with the enemy

Image: Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)

Starring: Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergin, Kevin Anderson
Writer: Ronald Bass, Nancy Price
Director: Joseph Ruben

“A young woman fakes her own death in an attempt to escape her nightmarish marriage, but discovers it is impossible to elude her controlling husband.” – IMDb



The Break-Up (2006)

*This one isn’t scary… but it will make you thank god you don’t have deal with any looming break-up.


Image: The Break-Up (2006)

Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau
Writer: Jeremy Garelick, Jay Lavender
Director: Peyton Reed

“In a bid to keep their luxurious condo from their significant other, a couple’s break-up proceeds to get uglier and nastier by the moment.” – IMDb

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