On Halloween, we thought it would make sense to talk about the most frightening relationships in movies, and the types of people you should be avoiding at all costs…
1) This guy will probably kill you: Twilight Bella & Edward/Those two from Fifty Shades of Grey
Two examples of what could be considered “dangerous” relationships: a woman at risk of a vampire attack (!) or perhaps slightly more realistic: a woman at the mercy of a man with “certain tastes”.
2) The Scheming Suitor: Cameron & Bianca from 10 Things I Hate About You
Now I love Joseph Gordon-Levitt but he’s going to appear a couple of times on this list so look forward to that. In 90s classic 10 Things I Hate About You, Levitt plays Cameron, a guy at high school who immediately falls in love with the inaccessible Bianca. He hatches a plan to win her heart but creates a web of lies in the process that will eventually get him into trouble.
3) It’s about what I want: Tom & Summer from 500 Days of Summer
500 Days of Summer is one of those rare romantic films where the romance is born to fail. Tom believes in true love and happy-ever-afters, the titular Summer doesn’t. Despite obvious issues in the relationship, Tom tries to force something that was probably never going to happen. Needless to say it doesn’t go well. (By the way, Summer doesn’t get a pass, she does lead him on and leave him guessing.) In short these two had a pretty doomed relationship.
4) The Forbidden Fruit: Wolverine and Jean Grey from X-Men
Across the first three X-Men films there was this long running will they-won’t they relationship between Jean Grey and Wolverine. They flirt, they tease, on several occasions almost go all the way but never quite. This despite the fact that Jean Grey has a boyfriend in the form of Cyclops. If you find yourself in a relationship where one of you keeps making eyes at the shirtless Hugh Jackman in the room it might be time to evaluate if you have a future.
5) Partners in crime: Sweeney Todd and Mrs Lovett
This disturbing couple work together murdering Todd’s customers who come to him for a shave and get a lot more than they bargained for…this doesn’t need much explanation as to why this is pretty frightening…
6) The Phantom inside your mind: The Phantom and Christine
Another dysfunctional relationship in the form of the elusive Phantom who is obsessed with Christine, controlling her, kidnapping her and using her voice to outwork his own plans for the Opera House where he resides. What a charmer… It all makes for a great musical, not so much a great relationship!
7) One sided relationship: Lucy and Peter
While You Were Sleeping is a surprisingly heart-warming but still decidedly strange tale of a woman who falls in love with a man she has never met only to accidentally tell his family that she is his fiancée when he ends up in a coma. During this time she falls in love with his brother, Jack, only to then agree to marry Peter when he wakes up which ends up with an altar confession of love for Jack who then proposes anyway. What a way to win a man!