My Bloody Valentine (1981)
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as Miner/Harry Warden
as Young Axel
as Mrs. Raleigh
Critic Reviews for My Bloody Valentine
This film is slightly better than most slice-and-dice efforts and contains several genuine surprises.
[Has] a sense of place matched by literally no other slasher film I have seen.
The dialogue is laugh-out-loud hilarious at times, and you've gotta love the dated tunes and far-out fashions.
sick, twisted, and guaranteed to leave you numb, or nauseous, or both
Audience Reviews for My Bloody Valentine
During the late seventies and eighties there was a clear trend of slasher genre horror films based around holidays ("April Fool's Day," "Halloween," "Friday the 13th" etc.) While following in this vein, there's something original and dark about this film in contrast. Most of the film is set in the mines of central Canada, where a set of old murders haunts a quiet little town. A lot of the action revolves around a love triangle, the legends of the past, and being young and witless, with nothing to do. The last section of the film is entirely set in the bowels of a blackened mine, where the tunnels and overhead shafts provide plenty of hiding spots for a maddened serial killer. While this film takes great strides to not be the same as others of its caliber, it's still not very memorable. The killer is lame, the twist comes out of nowhere, the characters are idiotic and cowardly, the main female character is irritatingly frightened, and constantly needs saving, and the ending is ridiculous. Though I haven't seen the remake, I recommend it over this film, which is working with basically nothing but visuals, which I can only hope got better by 2009.
At a first glance, Rotten Tomatoes seems to show that this film is a relatively poor film, with it's roughly 33% rating on the Tomatometer. However, if you can ignore this and actually watch the film, you can see exactly why it was remade in 2009. My Bloody Valentine is the story about a mining village where a horrible mining accident happened due to a few miners deciding to leave the mine early for a Valentine's Day party. However, many years later, the people of the town decide to hold another Valentine's party, but someone doesn't want them to... The story is quite clever and creative, even though not actually very scary as a film. It is a good, confident slasher film, with some very clever use of symbolism (upside down hearts, along the same lines of the upside down cross Satanists use) and a clever ending. Although it is not the greatest film of all time, it is definitely one that is worth your time. It is one of those cult classics you have to watch, just to know what the fuss was about!
A really good 80s slasher with a decent body count, good pacing and a memorable killer, and the twist ending was a genuine surprise for once. Due to MPAA cuts it's not the most gory of slashers compared to others of the time period but it's still entertaining from start to finish.
My Bloody Valentine Quotes
|Sarah:||"T.J. I have to see him!"|
|Sarah:||T.J. I have to see him!|
|T.J.:||"Same place I always go this time a day. For a beer and a really good nosepick.:|
|T.J.:||Same place I always go this time a day. For a beer and a really good nose pick.|
|Happy:||Damn kids. I'll show them,piss on Harry Warden will they?|
|Happy:||Damn kids. I'll show them, piss on Harry Warden will they?|
|T.J.:||We gotta get the hell out of here! Harry Warden's back! He's killed Sylvia & Dave up top!|
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