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Best Horror Movies for Romance Haters

The Bride of Frankenstein: He had her made-to-order, but she has a mind of her own: uh-oh.

My Bloody Valentine: A psychopath terrorizes a small mining town on Valentine’s Day

Slither: A possessive husband pursues his wife, even as he mutates into an alien monster

My Bloody Valentine :psychopath terrorizes a small mining town on Valentine’s Day

Return of the Living Dead 3:A teenager loves his girlfriend so much that he turns her into a zombie.

Cat People: He’s all-American; she’s an exotic beauty whose lust turns her into a were-cat.

High Tension:A co-ed tries to save the best friend she loves from a serial killer

The Collector:A shy butterfly collector locks a girl in his basement, so she’ll learn to love him.

VideodromeIs:an underground S&M cable progam disseminating a mind-mutating signal?

ValentineFive high-school girls once bullied a shy classmate. Has he matured into a killer?

CrashCar-crash fetishists indulge their fantasies of death and mutilation

ShiversA man-made parasite turns ordinary people into polymorphous sex fiends

Dead RingersTwin gynecologists ensnare a woman in their private fantasies

Boxing HelenaA neurotic surgeon amputates his beloved’s limbs, so she won’t be able to leave him.

OperaA stalker repeatedly kidnaps the object of his affection and makes her watch him kill.

PossessionA man discovers that his wife is cuckolding him with a mutant.

White of the EyeAfter ten years of marriage, a woman discovers her husband’s dark secret.

Respect for the Wretched

A long institutional long green hall
Items haphazardly discarded along the way
Making it like a clogged artery
Industrial type flooring meant to last over one hundred years
The doors along way were chipped grey
The doors to the rooms closed and locked
The building and care, much
Like everything here, a symbol of decay
The screams of torture, sadness and rage that befall

Those locked away, treated without respect or spoken about
Removed from society people talk as if their dead
Might as well be, they’ll never get out
Overrun by an incurable necrosis attacking their brain
Some arrive lucid, planning on going back home
To return to their lives, husbands and children
Who shunned them never wanting them to come back
The chance of a reoccurrence too great


Once they stepped over the threshold
It was officially goodbye to the outside world
Entering a place far more sinister than could be imagined
Stigma shouldered by the patients like an invisible cape
Too heavy to be budged


It was usually apparent fairly quickly
Families weren’t coming back to get them
This was to be their permanent home
A warehouse to hide those undesirables away
There was no respect for those dropped off like baggage
Those who were left behind, to rot away
A quick divorce, than marriage to a new wife
One who knew her place and role
That he would be proud to introduce


Unlike his first wife, she wouldn’t make them recoil
They were an opinionated and self indulgent bunch
Either her hat was crooked, a scuffed shoe or lipstick on her teeth
Certainly not the classy image he wanted to promote
Locking her away in an asylum was the best way
For her to disappear without a trace


As she lay down on her cot in the ward, she consoled herself
Life can not be as bad here as it was with the bastard who dropped me off


Melissa Watson ©

In many mythological traditions, the necromancer controls the dead by using a drum or playing a song. These sounds trick the “living” corpse into thinking that it has a heartbeat. When the necromancer stops hitting the drum or ceases the music, the corpse reverts back to inert matter. The political necromancer and cult leader Donald Trump beats a drum of nativism, fear, racism and sexism to control the right-wing political zombies that follow him. The problem is, unlike the undead ghouls of myth and folklore, once Donald Trump stops beating his metaphorical drum, his followers will not return to their graves. Trump’s people are now the walking dead of American political and cultural life, a group that threatens to devour us all.
'The Walking Dead': The Most Romantic (and Bromantic) Moments Ever

Ah, love in the apocalypse. Be it supercouple Maggie and Glenn or the ongoing bromance between Rick and Daryl, even those whose lives are spent mostly trying to avoid becoming zombie chow take time out to get all romantic once in a while. In honor of The Walking Dead’s midseason return on Valentine’s Day, here’s a look back at the sweetest, most romantic moments that have unfolded in five and a half seasons of life among the walkers.

The Walking Dead returns Sunday, Feb. 14 at 9 p.m. on AMC.

Maggie and Glenn’s First Time (Season 2, “Cherokee Rose”)

It wasn’t the first time we saw a couple having sex in the apocalypse… remember, or don’t, Shane and Lori’s awkward romps in Season 1. But this is the first time a couple we were rooting for got busy in the new world, and it was all the sweeter that Maggie made the first move with a shy, but oh-so-willing and eager Mr. Rhee. 

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Daryl, Carol, and the Rose (Season 2, “Cherokee Rose”)

With her beloved daughter Sophia still MIA, Carol was comforted by an incredibly sweet gesture from Daryl: After looking for Sophia himself, he presented Carol with a Cherokee rose, explaining it’s a symbol of hope for people with missing loved ones. “I’m not fool enough to think there’s any flowers blooming for my brother, but I believe this one bloomed for your little girl,” he tells her, sparking the friendship that may or may not someday become the Caryl romance so many fans wish for, and revealing himself to be the sensitive man whose potential demise has caused fans to threaten riots.

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Hershel, Glenn, and the Watch (Season 2, “Judge, Jury, Executioner”)

In this bromantic moment, Hershel officially gives Glenn his seal of approval to be with Maggie by giving him a pocketwatch that had been in the Greene family for several generations. “You become a father someday, you’ll understand, no man is good enough for your little girl… until one is,” Hershel tells Glenn. It’s a bittersweet moment now that Maggie is pregnant, and her dad isn’t alive to meet his grandchild.

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“Wanna Screw Around?” (Season 3, “Seed”)

It hasn’t happened — yet — but Carol certainly made the playful, frisky offer to Daryl, after he massaged her aching shoulder. “Wanna screw around?” she asked. They both giggled, until Daryl added, “I’ll go down first.” “Even better,” Carol joked, knowing full well Daryl was actually referring to returning down into the bus they were taking refuge in. 

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Prison Love (Season 3, “Arrow on the Doorpost”)

When a crowd of growling walkers gives Glenn a case of stage fright, Maggie comes up with a quick solution: Take the romance to a prison storage area, where she and her man kick the action up to hot ‘n’ heavy. We always wonder why there isn’t more of this kinda thing happening on the show; sure, we know, constant threat of death, but isn’t that exactly why it should be happening more frequently?

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A Dead Ring-er (Season 3, “This Sorrowful Life”)

And about that constant threat of looming death… it makes shopping in the apocalypse extra challenging, so Glenn can’t be blamed if a quick trip to Jared or Zales wasn’t on his agenda. Instead, after securing Hershel’s blessing to wed Maggie, Glenn had to snag a ring right off the finger of a walker at the prison fence. In his defense, it was a pretty ring, and he so sweetly put the jewel in Maggie’s hand that he didn’t even have to ask the question before she said yes to marrying him. (Credit: AMC)

Sleeping Beauty (Season 4, “Infected”)

So little about life in apocalypse is simple, which makes this sweet moment between Glenn and Maggie so memorable. She’s sleeping, and he decides to take an instant photo of her. When she wakes and sees it, she wants to destroy it, but it’s already a treasure for Glenn, who refuses to let it go. And as he leaves to check the prison perimeter and bring back breakfast for his love, she just as sweetly kisses his hand. Again, it’s one of the simplest, yet swooniest moments in Glenn/Maggie couple history.

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Daryl Admires Hershel, Daryl Style (Season 4, “Internment”)

It’s all about the bromance, and the respect Daryl has for Hershel, in this great scene. After Hershel fights off walkers and keeps several members of the prison community from dying of a deadly virus until Daryl and pals return from a supply run with medicine, Daryl acknowledges him for the hero he is, Daryl style. “You’re a tough son of a bitch,” he tells Hershel, who has more than earned the right to say in response, “I am.”

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“It’s for You” (Season 4, “After”)

Hands down, one of our favorite moments of the series, and easily one of the greatest TWD episode endings, came in the first episode after The Governor’s devastating attack on the prison. Carl doubted his battered dad, went on an independent journey, ate the mother of all containers of pudding, and finally acknowledged how much he still needed Rick, while Michonne had her own epiphany about how she didn’t want to be alone again. In the episode’s final moment, she tracks down Rick and Carl and knocks on the door of the house they’re hiding in. Rick takes one look out the peephole and laughs before telling Carl, “It’s for you.” A lovely, lovely moment that epitomizes the affection this trio has for each other, and the way Rick’s group has forged a family bond as strong as that of any one formed biologically. 

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Burning Down the House (Season 4, “Still”)

That Bethyl romance never got the chance to fully play out, but this moment gave Bethyl shippers more hope that it eventually would. After breaking down and confessing he felt responsible for Hershel’s death (because he didn’t kill The Governor when he had a chance to), the usually stoic Daryl later opens up to Beth about his lonely, violent childhood. She tells him he’s better than the treatment he received as a kid, and encourages him to put the painful past behind him. As a symbol of that, they torched the abandoned shack they were staying in, laughing and flipping their middle fingers at it as they watched it burn.

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Not Alone (Season 4, “Alone”)

Bob — R.I.P. — had been the sole survivor of two groups in the apocalypse, and he’d decided as a result that it was probably best for him to remain alone. But when Daryl and Glenn found him and invited him to join their crew, Bob agreed, and eventually came to value his new cohorts so much that it changed his outlook, and his commitment to helping keep the others safe. Sasha was one of the main appeals of the new group, and after arguing about the best plan for reuniting with the rest of the gang after The Governor’s attack on the prison scattered all of them, Bob kissed Sasha, softening her stance towards him and eventually convincing her that the most important thing in the world was keeping their friends and family together.

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Brotherly Love (Season 4, “A”)

Oh, Daryl, taking the weight of the world onto his shoulders. In the Season 4 finale, he blames himself for the Claimers’ attack on Rick, Carl, and Michonne, the one that ended only because Rick bit Claimer Joe’s neck off (out?). Daryl felt guilty that he had thrown in with the Claimers after Beth was kidnapped, but a traumatized Rick pulled himself together enough to assure Daryl he wasn’t guilty of a thing. “It’s not on you, Daryl,” Rick says, leading into the most bromantic of all TWD moments. “You being back with us, here, now, that’s everything. You’re my brother.”

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Hugs for the Heroine (Season 5, “No Sanctuary”)

Again, their affection hasn’t turned into a romance yet, but there’s no mistaking how much Daryl and Carol care for each other when they’re reunited in the Season 5 premiere. The two had been apart since Rick banished Carol from the prison after she killed two of the early victims of the deadly virus Hershel eventually squashed, and the reunion came on the heels of badass Carol nearly singlehandedly saving all her friends from the cannibals at Terminus. Just to savor their interaction, Daryl first runs to her, hugs her so hard he lifts her off the ground, then lays his head on her. If that isn’t enough to draw some salty discharge from your eyes, the Rick/Judith/Carl reunion that follows certainly will.

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The Friend Zone (Season 5, “Them”)

This is more of a friendship moment for Caryl, but it’s still sweet and romantic, as she tells him the recently murdered Beth saved both of their lives, and encourages him to grieve whatever Beth was to him. A brush back of his bangs and a kiss on the forehead just another expression of how the duo shares a bond with each other they share with no one else.

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Rick Gets His Flirt On (Season 5, “Forget”)

Flirtatious is certainly not the first word you’d use to describe the usually uber-serious Rick Grimes, but the relative security of Alexandria — at that point, anyway — allowed him to turn his mind towards things other than walkers and finding enough food and water to keep his crew alive. Namely, a pretty woman, Jessie, who’d caught his eye the moment she came to his new Alexandria home to offer him a free haircut. In this ep, Rick hung with Jessie at Deanna’s welcome party, making nice with her son, Sam, and looking all kinds of interested in her when she was holding baby Judith. He was so interested and appreciative of his new female friend, in fact, that he planted a kiss on her cheek… even though her porch dick of a husband was also at the soiree.

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Morgchonne? (Season 6, “First Time Again”)

That portmanteau may not have caught on yet, but we’re sticking to our belief that there could be a little somethin’ somethin’ brewing between Morgan and Michonne. In the Season 6 opener, Morgan, Michonne, and Rick were waiting for the pit walker herd to come their way when Morgan asked the katana-wielding one if she’d swiped one of his protein bars back in Season 3’s “Clear,” when she, Rick, and Carl visited the then-delusional Morgan. She denied the theft, but Morgan forged onward, saying he thought he had one more peanut butter bar left before her visit. “That’s how it is, isn’t it? You always think there’s one more peanut butter left,” she tells him, answering his flirty chatter with some of her own.

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Morgrick? (Season 6, “First Time Again”)

If bromances got nicknames, that’d be the one we’d give to Morgan and Rick, who finally bond again in this episode after Rick approaches his reunion, three seasons in the making, with his first new post-apocalypse friend with great caution. Rick finally feels comfortable enough to not only invite Morgan to move in with him and his family and friends, but he also introduced him to Judith and let Morgan hold her for the first time. Bonus: Morgan holding the baby was witnessed by Michonne, who watched the scene unfold with great interest. Morgchonne… just sayin’. 

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All Life Is Precious (Season 6, “Here’s Not Here”)

The Morgan backstory episode was an instant classic, as we learned what, or rather who, helped him find his way back from the brink of madness. It was Eastman (played by Emmy-worthy guest star John Carroll Lynch), whose own tragic losses just before the apocalypse led him to Morgan-level anger, and then redemption and a switch to a more peaceful philosophy. He inspired Morgan to embrace the same beliefs, which may not be working out so well for Morgan in Alexandria so far, but which certainly helped lead Morgan back to a state where he can potentially contribute to a community once again.

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Muchas Smooches (Season 6, “Now”)

In the aftermath of the bloody attack by the Wolves, two potential new couples found locking lips was the best way to remain hopeful about this crazy life: Denise planted a kiss on a surprised Tara, after Tara’s encouragement helped her diagnose and treat a very sick Scott. And after Jessie had to kill a walker, who was once her Alexandria neighbor, she and an always tasked Rick reaffirmed there was still reason to be hopeful by making out in her garage.

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The Dolphin Smooth Words of Abraham Ford (Season 6, “Always Accountable”)

Trapped in an insurance office while they awaited a reunion with Daryl, Abraham and Sasha found a way to pass the time: He let her know he was interested in getting to know her “a whole lot better.” Never you mind that he’s already got a girlfriend back in Alexandria, something Sasha pointed out to him. Abraham was simply celebrating getting past his recent death wish phase by looking ahead to new possibilities. “I like the way you call bullshit, Sasha. I believe I’d like to get to know you a whole lot better,” he tells her, prompting her to ask why he thinks she’d be interested in him. “A man can tell,” he answers confidently, and, as per her expression, correctly.

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