Halloween is perfect for a romantic movie night in with a significant other. Jumpy thrillers mean more cozying up with a loved one, and we're partial to scary movies with a bit of heart to them (or at least a couple trying to stay alive together!). So if you're looking for an eerie movie with a hint of romance in it, we've rounded up a variety of slashers, campy thrillers, and straight-up horror flicks you can stream on Netflix and Amazon Instant for a hauntingly hot date night!
There are all kinds of scary movies that will get you in the mood for Halloween, ranging from hide-under-the-bed horror flicks to the more lighthearted but still supernatural fare. Personally, I'm a fan of creepy, dark movies that have a little humor and romance thrown in. In these spooky movies, the couples may be running for their lives, they may have already died, or they may be the ones doing the killing. There are also star-crossed lovers, and a pair that includes one monster and the person who has fallen in love with them anyway. See some of our favorite couples from hauntingly fun movies — and how to watch them instantly for a Halloween date night in — now!
If you're a fan of Orange Is the New Black, then you know by now that it's based on the real experiences of Piper Kerman. Kerman, known as Piper Chapman (and played by Taylor Schilling) on the show, recently gave a TED talk about the prison system, peppering it with details about her own incarceration. In her TED talk, Piper shared bits about people who inspired characters on the show — like the ex-lover who got her into the drug trade, aka Alex, who's played by Laura Prepon. At the seven-minute mark of the video below, Piper shares how confronting her ex helped her confront her past.
Want to get more scoop on the true story behind Orange Is the New Black? Kerman published a bestselling memoir by the same name. While Kerman says the show, headed by Weeds creator Jenji Kohan, is not a docudrama whatsoever, her real-life experience does come through in the series. Without giving away major plot points, here are factual details behind the series.
After college, the real Piper Kerman fell for a woman caught up in an international drug ring. In the book, she calls her Nora, and if you watch the show, you know her as Alex. The real Piper smuggled $10,000 from Chicago to Brussels during her time with Nora, and 10 years later, the law caught up with her. In a 2010 interview with NPR, Kerman said that while she had long harbored resentment toward Nora, during her time in prison, she accepted full responsibility for the drug-ring days. She said, "It was a reckless and selfish time in my life." Find out more when you keep reading!
Forbidden relationships, wartime romance, love triangles, dangerous liaisons: romantic German films tackle all these themes and more. With Oktoberfest going on in Munich right now, we've had all things German on the brain, including German movies. So we've scoured Netflix and Amazon Instant for a selection of the country's most intriguing romantic films. These comedies and dramas would be perfect for a date night with German flair, just don't forget the beer! From a dark tale of obsession with a speakeasy singer to a modern coming-of-age story on the complexities of attraction, check out these romantic German films you can stream tonight.
With Milan Fashion Week underway, it's time to celebrate some Italian amore by streaming these romantic Netflix and Amazon Instant Video picks. While you may not be taking a romantic vacation to Milan, you and your other half (or your best friends) can escape with a cozy date night and one of these instant streaming movies. From classic films from the '50s to contemporary indie movies, these Italian romance films are sure to get you in the Fashion Week spirit, whether you're in the mood for a comedy or a passion-filled drama.
Ah, back-to-school season. As Fall approaches, we can't help but reminisce about notes passed between friends, the days of lockers and recess, and, of course, our teenage crushes. If you're feeling nostalgic about bleacher makeout sessions and prom-date jitters, then check out these movies streaming on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video. We promise they're chock-full of all the cliquey drama, backstabbing friends, and awkward first-date moments that made high school equal parts exhilarating and nightmarish!
New York's busy, taxi-filled streets are the setting for so many classic love stories, and with the city's Fashion Week in full force, we're filling up our instant queue with all the best, most romantic movies based in NYC. There's Marilyn Monroe's infamous standing-over-the-sewer scene in The Seven Year Itch, Audrey Hepburn's iconic role in Breakfast at Tiffany's, plus contemporary rom-coms and plenty of cool, quirky indie films. Open Netflix or Amazon Instant, check out our picks, and get ready for a romantic, New York-inspired movie marathon.
Netflix emerged as an award season power player this year when it garnered 14 Emmy nominations for its original programming like Orange Is the New Black, a show everyone seems to be talking about. With the help of entertainment editor Maggie Pehanick, we're examining the rise of Netflix and its hits like House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black, and the revived Arrested Development. On Allie: BCBG Max Azria.
Netflix's original content is all the rage right now, and Ricky Gervais is the latest star to come out with a series. He plays the titular character in Derek, which revolves around a man who works at a retirement center. The show has a colorful cast of characters, including Karl Pilkington, who starred with Ricky on Extras and The Ricky Gervais Show. Netflix has proved to be a great source for new shows, but this isn't entirely new, since it's already aired in the UK. Still, I have faith that this will be a good partnership, especially because this show looks genuinely sincere.
Truth be told, I'm also kind of befuddled. Gervais is known for cringe-worthy characters like from The Office and Extras, so I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop on this character, who, though kind, clearly has some developmental or social issues. The series premieres on Sept. 12, and you can watch the trailer after the jump.
Ah, Summer love. It seems the hotter the season, the steamier the romance. There are all kinds of Summer-set romances, and most of us have experienced one kind or another. It could be a coming-of-age Summer camp crush, a hot and heavy vacation fling, a forbidden postcollege relationship, or a breezy beachside hookup. Many of these Summer romances have also been portrayed on screen in films and are available to watch whenever you want to relive the thrill of Summer love. If you're looking to cool off at home with a movie about these seasonal relationships — which sometimes last past the sunny days of Summer — then check out these films streaming on Netflix and Amazon.