Okay, not a “romance” per say – in fact, after all the work Dr. Frankenstein goes through to bring her to life, the would-be Bride ultimately rejects the Monster – but James Whale’s follow-up to his original Frankenstein is definitely a great movie.
There’s something very strange, and very nearly touching, about the nascent relationship between housewife Carrie-Anne Moss and the family’s pet zombie played by Billy Connolly. The film finds a way to “go there” without ever quite going there, giving the two characters a surprisingly sweet happy ending.
Tony Scott’s sensual horror classic stars Catherine Deneuve as a vampire who promises her lovers eternal youth, though she can only actually provide them with eternal life, condemning them to an eternity of living death. But it’s a very glamorous living death so... that’s something.
Yeah, technically he’s “dead dead,” but he certainly gets up to a number of hijinks. Plus there’s the whole possessing Whoopi Goldberg’s body to bring closure to his relationship thing. Ghost may not be a “great” movie in the traditional sense (though it did manage to score a Best Picture nomination), but it plays as wonderfully campy today.
Your typical Tim Burton-Johnny Depp-Helena Bonham Carter collaboration, but with a twist: it’s animated! This tale of a man who accidentally betroths himself to dead woman is beautifully rendered and surprisingly touching.