Whether united by love, conflict, tension, danger, or just plain folie a deux, so many great dark or horrific films are centered on a special dynamic between two people. This series seeks to celebrate these pairs, with a mix of genders, subgenres, and levels of film notoriety:
Clarice & Hannibal Silence of the Lambs. From the moment they meet, we sense an ephemeral connection, a unique meeting of minds. There is tension, terror, respect - and maybe even love? Or maybe just the love of a cat for a mouse... Barely restrained (and nearly fatal) attraction: Black tea, honey, orange, lavender, pine, rosemary, sage
Columbia & Eddie The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Rock and roll, insanity, motorcycles and saxaphone! These two dance while the world crumbles around them, right in the shadow of their mentor and lover - and now adversary, Frank-N-Furter The love your mother always warned you about: Leather, saffron, and spiked cherry soda
Gomez & Morticia The Addams Family. Can we think of a more mutually respectful, loving, romantic yet practical relationship in all of film history? Truly, these two are the Platonic ideal of marriage Elegant, macabre, undying love: Thyme, oak, rich soil, syrupy Bourbon vanilla, salt, & amber
John & Miriam The Hunger. A relationship based on a lie of immortality, a betrayal so deep that it turns love to hate. Passion, fury, and lust entwine down through the ages until they reach a bitter, brutal end Tainted love: Mandarin, jasmine, the rosin & wood of a well-loved violin, ragged linens & a cedar box
Minnie & Roman Rosemary's Baby. We all know the nosy neighbors are up to no good, but the Castavets take the cake for fulfilling the role, for sure! We adore their gleefully evil and perfectly orchestrated union A sinister yet wholesome love: Bittersweet chocolate mousse, woodsmoke, brimstone, and... tannis root?