Top 11 Otherworldly Romantic Movies Like "Twilight" You Must Watch
You can expect a lot of gore, blood, and romance when sexy, powerful vampires are in town. It’s hard not to fall for their charm and tactics. The Twilight series has generated a lot of buzz in the last couple of years, earning the title of one of the most polarizing series of all time. Some people loved every single moment, while others weren't so welcoming.
Love it or hate it; it's a fact that the Twilight saga is one of the most successful movie series of all time. Fans have been looking for similar films ever since the last one came out. Even though Twilight is irreplaceable, you’re going to like the list I’ve compiled.
11 Films Like Twilight
- Red Riding Hood
- Meet Joe Black
- Tuck Everlasting
- The Village
- Near Dark
- Warm Bodies
- Let The Right One In
- Great Expectations
- Interview With the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
- The Hunger
1. Red Riding Hood
The plot of centers on Valerie, whose family has arranged a handsome, rich guy for her to marry. The only problem is, she’s already in love with a woodcutter. They plan to run away very soon, but she finds out that the werewolf terrorizing her village could be the person she loves. With a unique connection to a heartbeat that draws them close to each other, she becomes the bait to draw him out. Red Riding Hood
I loved the setup and the medieval setting of this movie. It feels more like The Village in terms of its setting and feel. There is a certain mystery unraveling throughout it that makes it great. Watch this movie with the best sound setup that you can find, trust me it's worth it.
When a priest volunteers to take part in vaccine tests intended to cure a deadly virus, he nearly dies with the other volunteers. But an accidental vampire blood transfusion saves his life. Unsurprisingly, his new purpose in life is looking for fresh flesh. Can he resist his instincts and needs?
If you've seen Chan-Wook Park's previous works, you know what to expect from this movie. His work is artistic, poetic, and filled with dark humor at the very same time. I’d recommend watching this movie more than once. There are just too many things going on to take it all in the first time.
The story is well layered and the characters are dynamic, evoking sympathy for those who you’d hate under normal circumstances. It’s unpredictable and brutal in every way you can imagine. This is the kind of work Chan-Wook Park specializes in.
You are laughing out loud one second, and the next thing you know, everything goes haywire. goes from hilarious to heart-wrenching and vice versa in no time. Don’t let the subtitles keep you from watching this beautiful romantic vampire story. Thirst
3. Meet Joe Black
The chemistry between Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins is something you can’t miss. The hilarity and awkwardness when these two characters are just getting to know each other is awesome. Meet Joe Black is one of the most erotically intense movies I’ve watched. Talk about awkward otherworldly romance.
Aside from good acting, everything from the cinematography, to the music, to the storyline is perfect. If you’re looking for movies like Twilight, you shouldn’t miss this underrated gem.
4. Tuck Everlasting
When Winnie, a teenage girl, meets Jesse, a handsome 17-year-old boy, she falls in love with him. But when she learns that he and his family is immortal, things take a drastic turn. Scared to die, she must make a choice to stay with him and become immortal, or live a normal life and die one day.
The boy’s family tries to teach her how the immortal life is not really worth living, and how they’d give anything to die. It teaches her to understand the importance of a normal life.
Is flawless? Absolutely not. There are a lot of plot holes. I felt the acting could have been better. But do I care about those issues? Hell no! This is one of those movies with a lot of flaws that I don’t really care about. Tuck Everlasting
Leave logic and your judgment at the doorstep, and you'll enjoy this movie for what it really is: an underrated masterpiece.
5. The Village
The story takes place in an isolated village surrounded by wilderness and mysterious creatures.
There lies a pact between those creatures and townspeople: the people don't enter the woods, and the creatures don't enter the village. But when someone goes out in the woods in search of medicine, the pact is challenged. Those creatures start appearing in the village, terrorizing everyone.
With M. Night Shyamalan at the helm, there is a guarantee that there is going to be some sort of twist in the story. He's known for making twisted, plot-reversing movies that leave you scratching your head for a while. You always know that it's coming, but you never really expect it to happen. Unless you already know what happens, you are in for a big shocker.
Don’t pay attention to the negative reviews. Just like with movies such as Twilight, the critical reviews are not everything, so go give it a viewing! Don’t expect another The Sixth Sense from him. It seems that Shyamalan is destined to live in the shadow of The Sixth Sense’s success. Unfortunately, it’s not going to happen with every movie. One of the main reasons for negative reviews is that people expect too much of him.
Compared to the other brain-dead Hollywood movies we get shoved in our face, is one of the better ones to watch. The Village
6. Near Dark
This is a story about a farm boy who comes across a mysterious girl and inadvertently becomes a member of a vampire family. Their daily source of fun is stealing cars and murdering humans for their blood.
This is what you’d call a perfect otherworldly romance movie with some intense action scenes and a touch of dark humor. Despite possessing every ingredient for a typical vampire movie, it manages to avoid the beaten and predictable paths, carving out its own unique plot.
There is a sense of modernism to this movie, which would appeal to every generation. Thanks to the masterful direction of Kathryn Bigelow, Near Dark is still counted amongst the best vampire movies around. Despite being a couple of decades old, Near Dark remains one of my favorites of the ’80s.
7. Warm Bodies
Ever heard of a zombie romance movie? We often underestimate those poor, rotting creatures. They can have feelings, too. It’s about time someone came along with the idea of some zombie-human romance.
Warm Bodies is the story of ‘R,' a zombie who still can process some thoughts and think rationally. While on his usual raid for some human flesh, he meets Julie, a human being, and feels an urge to protect her instead of eating her brain materials.
With this strangely warm relationship, he begins to change and regain his conscience and humanity. R and Julie must find a way to prevent a further descent into chaos and violence. Will zombies and humans ever come to terms and fight for their common enemy?
It’s awkward at times, but it still manages to be cute and romantic. It definitely has more emotional depth than other zombie and vampire movies out there. The two leads in this movie look great together. Of course, a good plot and good directing are big boosts. Overall, it’s a good movie that manages to exceed my expectations, which doesn’t really happen often these days.
8. Let the Right One in
Set in 1982, the plot revolves around Oskar, a 12-year-old kid, who is often bullied by his schoolmates for no reason. When he befriends and falls in love with a peculiar girl of his age, Oskar begins giving bullies a taste of their own medicine.
She helps him out with taking revenge. Everything is fine up until he realizes that her friend is a vampire. He must make a choice to stay with her or leave. How far is he willing to forgive and overlook?
For lack of words, I’d say that Let the Right One in is slow, and feels more like literature than a thriller. Just about everything in this movie is done right. There is no excessive violence, but when it comes to that, it’s brutal. A more traditional horror movie would have gone all guns blazing with horror and violence on display, but this movie has a strange sense of calmness about it. Make no mistake, there is gore, blood, and just about everything else you expect from a vampire movie, but they are served to the viewer in a different way.
If you are looking for some creepy movies, you mustn’t miss out on it.
9. Great Expectations
This story revolves around a troubled but bright boy named Pip. The film is about his upbringing, adulthood, and love life. Saying anything else would ruin the fun for you.
Novel adaptions aren’t a new thing. We’ve witnessed an increase in these adaptions in the last couple of years. If they’re done well, it’s quite a treat to watch them. This particular adaption might feel uninspired compared to more creative and innovative ones like Wuthering Heights, but Mike Newell has quite a few tricks up his sleeve. He’s brought a difficult novel to life with his creative direction and imagination.
10. Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
The plot centers on two vampires dealing with their own issues. One of them has been longing for companionship for a long time, while the other one has had enough of killing humans. He is tired of sucking blood for quenching thirst. When they come across a man, they give him a choice to live eternally or die. He makes a decision with long-lasting repercussions.
There is no subtlety in this movie, it’s just one plain story. If you're looking for some sort of deep, heart-warming message, you'd be disappointed. Don’t be fooled by a fancy title. And those who say that it didn’t live up to the book, here is the thing; books are always going to better than movies or TV shows.
Nonetheless, it’s an entertaining movie. If you are looking for more vampire movies, this one should be right on your radar.
11. The Hunger
This movie tells the story of a vampire who subsists on the blood of children. Those she bites don’t age, they stay the way they are forever. She has had enough of it, but when a kid with a life expectancy of 24 hours needs her help, she must decide what to do.
The Hunger is a beautifully told story of lust, vampirism, violence, and demonic dealings. The visual storytelling and cinematography are top-notch. Not to mention, it has a strong plot that never strays from its message.
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