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Dread Central's Top 10 Greatest Horrific Couples





Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
Sweeney Todd (Benjamin Barker) and Mrs. Lovett

The story of Sweeney Todd dates all the way back to the penny dreadful story The String of Pearls (1846-47), and the couple was originally portrayed by Tod Slaughter (fitting name) and Stella Rho in the 1936 film adaptation. And Angela Lansubry won a Tony Award for her portrayal of Mrs. Lovett in the original 1979 Broadway version of the story. For today we're going to use the modern telling of the tale featuring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter in Tim Burton's re-imagining of the story. This couple is perfect because they work so well together. Todd has a maniacal, homicidal rage that keeps turning up dead bodies in his quest to kill Judge Turpin, and with a shortage of good meat, Mrs. Lovett needs something to put in her infamous meat pies... a match made in heaven! Unfortunately it would be a short lived relationship but a memorable one for sure.

"True Blood" (2008)
Bill Compton and Sookie Stackhouse

For those of you irate over the exemption of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen from this list, here's the adult version of the duo. The way I see it, "True Blood" is nothing more than Twilight for grown-ups. As readers of Charlaine Harris' The Sookie Stackhouse Novels know, things don't always work out for the best for Sookie and Bill, but viewers of "True Blood," especially the early seasons, can't argue the red-hot chemistry this pair has on screen. It seems when Bill is around, the once awkward Sookie has immense trouble simply keeping her clothes on. Delivering one steamy scene after another, this on-screen couple (Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer) got wise and decided to tie the knot for real in a ceremony in 2010. If their home life is anything like we see in "True Blood," I'm guess not a lot gets done around that house aside from a whole lot of "testing the springs in the coffin," if you know what I mean (wink, wink, nudge, nudge).


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James Coker's picture

okay Vanvance1 I completely agree with you on Bride of Chucky. it is sooooo badly underrated, its a brilliant sequel thats in a way really a dark romantic-comedy that needs much much more attention. . . seed on the other hand, that one was complete shit, your on your own with that one


Submitted by James Coker on Tue, 02/14/2012 - 2:11pm.

i have an original Natural Born Killers poster hanging in my tv cave. Born Bad! heh.
thx for including Eli & Oskar. what a Beautiful and sad little couple. i Loved that film. even the cg cats!
Happy V Day ~


Submitted by krymsen on Tue, 02/14/2012 - 11:23am.
Vanvance1's picture

Damn is Bride of Chucky badly underrated. Same with Seed. These are brilliant satiric black comedies that didn't earn half the attention they deserve. Absolute classics.


Submitted by Vanvance1 on Tue, 02/14/2012 - 6:31am.

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