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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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There's a big valentine-party planned in the little coal mining town of Valentine Bluffs, Nova Scotia. It is the first Valentine's Day party in 20 years, because then there was an accident in the mine, and the accident happened because the men responsible for the security was at the party. The sole surviving miner, named Harry Warden, later killed them, and told the town NEVER to arrange a Valentine's Day party again. The party begins, and so does the killing... Written by Krister Walfridsson <cato@df.lth.se>

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Harry's out to steal your heart. See more »


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Blutiger Valentinstag  »

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CAD 2,300,000 (estimated)
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Quentin Tarantino has named My Bloody Valentine as his all-time favorite slasher film. See more »

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Throughout the film the dialogue implies that it takes place in the Eastern United States. However, when the police chief and mayor are driving and discussing how they love Valentine's Day candies, they pass a building with a Canadian flag on it. In the bar, there are photographs of Cape Breton buildings and a Moosehead Beer neon sign. Moosehead is a brewing company only found in Canada. See more »

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Mayor Hanniger: If there's one thing I like better than Christmas candy, it's Valentine's candy!
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Good early 80's slasher film
31 August 2006 | by (Iceland) – See all my reviews

On Valentine's day many years ago, a miner went berserk and killed a lot of residents in a small town. Since then Valentine's Day has been ignored and not celebrated at all. Until now.

A bunch of kids eager to go partying decide to throw a Valentine's Day party and wipe out the town's tradition. One setback; a crazy dude in a miner suit starts killing people. Is it the same deranged miner from years ago or someone else?

Slasher films had their glory days in the early 80's, people simply couldn't get enough of them. By the time of this film's release, certain holidays or dates had been immortalized through horror films (Christmas in Black Christmas, Halloween, Friday the 13th to name the obvious), so why not make Valentine's Day another blood soaked day for horror fans? The film is largely successful too.

Early 80's slashers seem to creep up above later slasher entries, simply because of the era they were filmed in. The atmosphere captured in these films doesn't seem attainable in 90's slashers or thereafter. Don't really know why. Probably a bit more enthusiasm in creating these cheap flicks before they became so mainstream and age-group targeted.

Director Mihalka creates a decent amount of suspense, especially once the film enters the mine, where it becomes downright creepy as hell. Death scenes are pretty imaginative and there's also a surprise twist in the end. Unfortunately the film had the grave misfortune of being distributed by Paramount, the evil enemy to all slasher fans, and suffers badly from blatant cuts which were administered to secure an R-rating.

Despite that, My Bloody Valentine is very entertaining to fans of slasher films; the film has a creepy mood all the way, decent actors and some top notch set pieces that are sure to give you a jolt on occasion.


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