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My Bloody Valentine (1981)

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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Storyline

Valentine's Day is coming around and the young people of the small mining town of Valentine's BLuffs are organising a party. A few decades earlier an explosion at the mine trapped six miners underground. One, Harry Warden, survived, though in a deranged state. Warden is sent to a mental hospital but escapes and murders those he deems responsible for the mine accident. Now people are being brutally murdered again, and the townsfolk suspect that it is the work of Harry Warden. Written by grantss

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


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11 February 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blutiger Valentinstag  »

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Budget:

CAD 2,300,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$5,672,031 (USA)
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Trivia

Entertainment Weekly ranked this Number 17 on their "Guilty Pleasures: Testosterone Edition" list in their March 30, 2007 issue. See more »

Goofs

Chief Jake Newby's pipe disappears then reappears when driving Mayor Hanniger. See more »

Quotes

[This quote is only spoken in the uncut version of the film]
Sarah: [Sarah sees Axel's collapsed arm buried halfway under a fallen coal tunnel and she gently reaches out to touch his hand] Oh Axel... why?
Sarah: [Axel's hand reaches forward and suddenly grabs Sarah's wrist with a vice-like grip. She gasps in fright and alerts T.J. and Chief Newby] Help me! Help me, please!
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning of the rolling credits, you will hear the evil-doer miner (Harry Warden) laugh. See more »

Connections

Featured in Phelous & the Movies: My Blappy Phalentine (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

I Feel Fine When I'm Standing Drunk
Performed by Lee Bach
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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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