Tell Us Now: 20 Romcoms That Are Just Thinly Veiled Horror Movies
We asked Cracked readers on Facebook and YouTube which romcoms are perilously close to being horror flicks… and boy, do you guys hate Adam Sandler. Specifically, Fifty First Dates. Which, well, that’s pretty understandable, especially after so very many of you explained your reasoning in such clear terms. If there is any kind of film that just loves hanging out right on that line between “awwwww” inspiring and “ahhhhhh!” inducing, it would have to be romcoms. It’s pretty common and terrifically easy to critique them, but those criticisms usually only focus on the contrivances of the plot. With time and hindsight, however, the creepiness of it all starts to break through the cracks.
No, the film "Insidious" is not inspired by the true story. The film is a piece of fiction predicated on the collaboration of writer Leigh Whannell and filmmaker Wan. Whannell began writing the screenplay for 'Insidious' a week later.
Take ‘Her’ for example (as in, the movie, not ‘some lady’). A self-aware computer program dupes a man. If the software program manipulated or repeatedly tried to endanger the man, it might conveniently become a horror film. People, beware of the hazards of technology!
Likewise, Monster-In-Law, an overpowering mother, tries everything she can to prevent her son's wedding by a dog-walker she does not approve of. She is doing everything short of killing her, though forcing her to taste something she's allergic to is virtually the same. Yes, of course, Jennifer Lopez, as a temp, fights back, even though her fiancé's mother attempted to murder her. That is pretty terrifying, especially if the mother-son relationship is researched in a much more Bates Motel-esque manner.
Read below to see how a bunch of romcoms could easily be pitched as horror movies. And watch our video about the time The 40-Year Old Virgin got shut down because Steve Carell looked like a serial killer.