1. Warm Bodies
Warm Bodies, a 2013 film based on a novel about a young woman who falls in love with a dead boy. Nicholas Hoult plays R, a zombie version of the dead boy, in this story instead of a vampire. When he first sees Teresa Palmer’s character Julie, he’s smitten. Because he is so intrigued by her, he goes so far as to eat her boyfriend before saving her life.
A retelling of Romeo and Juliet, this story is set in the present day. It’s also a great illustration of love’s ability to heal. R’s humanity begins to return as he falls in love with Julie. This movie is a lot of fun to watch because it takes the zombie genre and applies it to a love story in a fresh way.
2. The Host (2013)
It’s possible that if you liked Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga, you’d enjoy some of her other work. She wrote The Host, which was made into a film in 2013. It’s a lot of fun to watch even though this film isn’t as well-known as Twilight. Aliens take over the bodies of humans in this supernatural thriller, which also has elements of the fantastic. When these parasites infect a computer, they take over and delete all traces of their host’s previous life.
Most of humanity has been wiped out, and now they’re out to finish the job. As soon as Saoirse Ronan’s character Melanie Stryder is captured and infected with one of these aliens, her will is so strong that she cannot be destroyed. Melanie and the alien even form a kind of friendship. In addition to being a great way to see another of Meyer’s books turned into a film, the movie is also a great companion to the novel.
3. Red Riding Hood (2011)
Red Riding Hood, directed by Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke, is a new take on the classic fairytale, with the heroine falling in love with a monster, much like Twilight did with the literary vampire. Shiloh Fernandez plays werewolf-leaning Peter, who is in love with Amanda Seyfried’s Valerie (Twilight’s Billy Burke plays Valerie’s father in this adaptation). As you struggle to figure out who the Big Bad Wolf is and what is going on in this crazy town, this film is a lot of fun to watch.
The Underworld series is a must-see for fans of well-executed vampire action movies. The strongest film is the 2003 debut, which pits vampires and werewolves against one another. Selene, the vampire-warrior protagonist who defies her orders, is played by Kate Beckinsale. She develops feelings for Scott Speedman’s character, a human who is bitten by a Lycan/werewolf. She must decide whether or not to kill him to fulfill her mission. It’s a classic love story about falling in love with someone you shouldn’t, like in Twilight, for example. Lucian, the Lycan leader, will be played by Michael Sheen, who previously portrayed Aro in the Twilight films.
As with Twilight, there are multiple films in the Underworld series. Underworld: Evolution, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Underworld: Awakening, and Underworld: Blood Wars are all part of the series, as is the animated prequel Underworld: Endless War. There are currently six films in the series.
5. Water for Elephants
Following his role in Twilight, Robert Pattinson can be seen in Water for Elephants if you still can’t get enough of him. A car accident kills his parents just as Jacob is about to finish his veterinary degree. Instead of graduating from high school, he boards a train and sets out to explore the unknown.
On the train, there are members of a traveling circus, including Christoph Waltz’s cruel August and Reese Witherspoon’s beautiful Marlena. August hires Jacob because of his background in veterinary medicine, and thus the adventure begins.
The film’s costumes and sets are stunning, so it’s a visual treat. As a pair of star-crossed lovers, Pattinson and Witherspoon shine in this 2011 film. Despite Marlena’s initial reluctance, her husband’s cruelty to her and the animals eventually convinces her to accept Jacob’s advances.
6. Beautiful Creatures
Beautiful Creatures, a 2013 horror film, takes you on a similar journey into the paranormal. Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich) has a crush on Lena (Alice Englert) even before they meet in this love story based on Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s novel. The two begin to get along, and she reveals to him that she and her family are witches, and that at the age of sixteen, her true nature will be revealed as light or dark. While rooting for the couple’s continued happiness, the movie is an exciting blend of love, magic, and deception. It’s a great illustration of the power of love to improve your character. When you include the element of magic, it turns into a thrilling experience.
7. Meet Joe Black
With a nod to the classic Death Takes a Holiday, Brad Pitt plays the title role in Meet Joe Black. In this thought-provoking and romantic fantasy film, you can converse with Death and make Death understand what it’s like to be human, even if only for a short time.
Anthony Hopkins portrays Bill Parrish, a man who begins to hear Death’s voice confirm his fears that he will die soon in the 1998 film. After that, Death appears to him as Pitt’s Joe Black, a young man. When Death eats peanut butter for the first time, it’s a hoot to see how baffled he is by human habits like drinking and eating.
Actress Claire Forlani makes a guest appearance and immediately spots Death or at least the body he’s in, having met him before. Death is then recognized by Susan, Bill’s daughter. She’s perplexed because he doesn’t appear to be the man who first piqued her interest. However, his innocence still draws her in, and they become romantically involved. You’ll be sucked into this story from the very beginning. True love and death themes are prevalent, and Pitt delivers a powerful performance.