Moviegoers have a variety of choices right now in theaters, but with high-octane action movies like Bullet train and Top Gun: MaverickAnd subversive and darkly funny horrors no and Bodies Bodies Bodiesthey also have options for some unusually suitable double features.
Finding the perfect double feature is a movie lover’s dream, and it’s even more rewarding when the paired films aren’t an obvious match but are connected by common themes and plot elements. Movie buffs on Reddit began debating which movies would make the most “fun, unusual double features.” Here are their top picks, ranked by how unexpected the pairing is versus how well they really complement each other.
Heathers (1989) and Jennifer’s Body (2009)
It’s hard to imagine that an 80s high school comedy and a late 2000s horror film about a cannibal succubus would go together so well, but both of these cult classics are ultimately dark comedies about clique superficiality. based on high school culture, and are sharp parodies of “mean girl” stereotypes.
That’s why a Reddit user kryvovykanigin chose these two black high school comedies, writing “heather and Jennifer’s body.” They also naturally go together because, for now heather it’s a comedy, it’s much darker and more macabre than you might expect. Likewise for now Jennifer’s body it’s a gory, violent slasher that’s actually quite funny and satirical.
The Thing (1982) and The Hateful Eight (2015)
Apart from the fact that they both star with Kurt Russell, no one would have guessed that Quentin Tarantino Western and John Carpenter’s monster horror film will at first glance have a lot in common. But when viewing Hateful eightit’s clear that Tarantino took a lot of inspiration from the arctic claustrophobia and paranoia of Carpenter’s classic remake, using an isolated setting and an ensemble of distrustful characters.
This is why Reddit users love it Drshiznitt chose the two films, writing: “Both films with Kurt Russell trapped, surrounded by snow, and he doesn’t know who to trust.” It’s also interesting to note that Carpenter himself has always been influenced by Westerns, so he and Tarantino’s films match both in style and themes, making them the perfect stand-in for a cold winter’s night.
30 Days of Night (2007) and Blackcoat’s Daughter (2015)
Another cold and snowy couple, these horror films may not overlap in plot or themes, but they have one thing in common: they chill the viewer to the bone. One is a vampire film and the other is a psychological thriller, both of which show how a winter wonderland can turn into a hellscape.
That’s why a Reddit user chose them, writing: “If you want a cozy winter vibe, wear these”30 days of night.“You’ll want to follow this up with”Blackcoat’s daughter.There’s something alluring and cinematic about the cold, as it can be both beautiful and foreboding, and these two films show just how much winter can offer the horror genre.
Rosemary’s Baby (1968) and Possession (1981)
Rosemary’s Baby still stands as one of the best thrillers of the 60s it spawned a slew of satanic child movies, but the cult classic, possession, can be the ultimate companion even though it doesn’t revolve around devil worship or evil children. An extremely dark psychological thriller, Ownership follows a seemingly typical couple whose marriage is infected by sinister and supernatural forces.
That’s what Rosemary’s Baby essentially yes, so while these horror films end up showing a different kind of evil, they are largely inspired by similar fears and anxieties surrounding modern relationships. Reddit users love it for this reason it’s a perfect name think they would be the perfect choice, writing “Rosemary’s Baby and Ownership would be a nice double feature.’
You’re Next (2011) and Ready or Not (2019)
Moviegoers love a good horror comedy, and these are two fan favorites that deliver the goodness in different ways. You’re next it’s an ode to slasher movies and home invasion movies Ready or not is a satirical, forced intimacy a cat-and-mouse game focused on classism. But these films are not only maddeningly clever in their own way, but also subversive yet appropriately brutal stories about the relentless struggle for survival.
That’s why a Reddit user kryvovykanigin selects it by typing “You’re next and Ready or not.” After all, they both have razor-sharp minds, compelling characters, and a family dynamic that serves as a backdrop for the mayhem. Oh, and crossbows. It’s a special blend that only these two cult classics can provide.
Fun Games (1997) and Man Bites Dog (1995)
The most twisted double feature on the list, Fun games and A man bites a dog have nothing in common except that they are dark and terribly crude documents of the workings of a sick mind. Both of these cult favorites follow a killer or killers who break the fourth wall in some way by acknowledging the audience while carrying out their senseless and horrific acts of sadism.
But as Reddit users point out, these films take such different approaches to similar subjects that they provide a study in contrast. it’s a perfect name notes that “they do tread similar thematic ground, although I think that Fun games handling it a lot more elegantly.” But either way, these are two hardcore studies of traumatized people who don’t flinch at the cinematic awfulness that follows.
Jaws (1975) and House (1977)
At first glance, Jaws and House look like polar opposites. Jaws was one of the first true summer blockbusters for Spielberg’s tightly controlled direction and well-drawn characters, a House has acquired cult status as one of the most chaotic and wild entertainment spectacles. But although they are true opposites, their fates intertwine in fascinating ways.
This is because, as a Reddit user bandearg4 points out House was directly inspired Jawswriting “Jaws and House/housebecause the latter was supposed to be a direct response to the former.” The fact that House being so different makes it all the more intriguing, and watching them over and over again feels like a cinematic experiment. Either way, it would make for an exciting double feature.
Snowpiercer (2013) and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Snowman has been hailed as a high-octane masterpiece of on-screen violence, so it’s hard to even imagine what this would have to do with a beloved children’s film, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. But fans of both movies actually came up with a theory Snowman is actually a sequel to Gene Wilder’s classicthey made some compelling arguments.
Reddit user kryvovykanigin acknowledges the popular myth by writing, “Willy Wonka and Snowman (I know, I know).” Sequel or not, the similarities in both the plot of a group of characters trying to survive on a surreal journey through a fantasy region and the overall critique of the class structure mean that the two films are two sides of the same coin, and deserve to be followed observed.
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