For half the country, Valentine’s Day is a time for love, flowers and teddy bears. For the other half, it is the most hated holiday of the year.
People in this group generally attempt to skip Feb. 14 altogether, but there are alternative ways of coping with a depressing Valentine’s Day. All the single folks out there — or those who are just not feeling the romance in the air this season — try celebrating what some call Anti-Valentine’s Day—a holiday without the lovey-dovey business.
This alternate V-Day takes the cute and the lovable and covers it in blood. Knoxville’s Frightmare Manor, the 5 attraction “screampark” popular for its Halloween money back haunt, for instance, is hosting a Bloody Valentine’s Eve event this Saturday, Feb. 13, from 7-10 p.m. This special opening from Frightmare Manor costs $22 for admission and consists of two horrific attractions on the redesigned Jeremiah Lexer Plantation.
“People love to be scared, and mixing two opposite emotions of love and fear, while seeming like an odd combination, actually works very well together,” said the owner of Frightmare Manor. “The attraction is for anyone! Singles, couples, living, un-dead, etc. We suggest you come with others, though, so you have someone to hold on to!”
Furthermore, if staying in is more your style, watching the “My Bloody Valentine” movies is another great way to enjoy an off-kilter Valentine’s Day. The original film was released in 1981 and features a deranged murderer wearing a miner’s uniform who sets out to slaughter a group of teenage love birds with a pickaxe.
The 2009 remake of “My Bloody Valentine” stars Jensen Ackles of “Supernatural” and reimagines the story in a gorier 3D film with a twist ending to the original mystery. Both movies would make for a great double feature this Sunday night.
The El Rey Network will also be showing a “Rip Your Heart Out” Nightmare on Elm Street television marathon this weekend from Feb. 13-14. Robert Englund, Freddy Krueger himself, will be hosting this 45-hour long marathon event, which will include episodes from the short lived series “Freddy’s Nightmares” as well as the first five films in the world-famous “A Nightmare on Elm Street” franchise. (Unfortunately, “Freddy’s Dead” and “Wes Craven’s New Nightmare” did not make the cut.)
And last but not least, as any die-hard zombie fan will know, “The Walking Dead” is returning to AMC this Sunday for its season 6 mid-season premiere, and just by coincidence, it is falling on Valentine’s Day. What better way to spend this otherwise crappy holiday than catching up on the number one show on television? “The Walking Dead” airs Feb. 14 at 9 p.m. with “Talking Dead” following directly after.
No matter how you decide to spend this Valentine’s Day, with greeting cards and candy or by essentially turning it into second Halloween, make sure it is one to remember.