My Bloody Valentine (1981)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  11 February 1981 (USA)
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A decades old folk tale surrounding a deranged murderer killing those who celebrate Valentine's Day, turns out to be true to legend when a group defies the killer's order and people start turning up dead.



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Release Date:

11 February 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blutiger Valentinstag  »

Box Office


CAD 2,300,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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George Mihalka approached Paramount in 2001 with a synopsis for a sequel, but due to poor box office records with the original film, they declined. See more »


When Jessie and Axel are arguing over Sarah beside the car, Jessie points at Axel with his left hand in the long shot, but with his right in the close-up. See more »


Jessie 'T.J.' Hanniger: Hey, who busted the lock? I've got the keys right here!
Gretchen: [annoyed] Ugh, Howard did it.
Howard Landers: Nope! Harry Warden did it!
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My Bloody Valentine Background Track
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User Reviews

Terrific, moody slasher!
8 February 2007 | by (Jackson,MS) – See all my reviews

In the wake of Halloween and Friday the 13th, many similar films were released, most of which had little or no distinguishing features. One of the most effective and atmospheric was My Bloody Valentine.

Shot in Canada and very infamous for it's brutal battle with the MPAA, My Bloody Valentine is a surprising success, and a wonderful addition to the slasher genre. The acting is good, which comes as quite a shock for any slasher lover. The deaths, while obviously edited, are very effective and intense, especially the laundry room sequence. The image of the killer, dressed in a full miner's garb, smashing the lights along an already dark mine shaft, while a group of victims try to escape is terrifying.

The setting is quite interesting. Most Canadian films try to disguise the fact that it's Canadian. Well, this movie doesn't, which makes it very neat.

I'd say that it's lush photography, good acting, frightening set pieces and killer, and brutal deaths make this is one of the most impressive slashers of the 80's, maybe of all time.

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