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Stephen A. Miller (story)
John Beaird (written by)
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Release Date:
11 February 1981 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Harry's out to steal your heart. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Directed by
George Mihalka 
 
Writing credits
Stephen A. Miller (story concept) (as Stephen Miller)

John Beaird (written by)

Produced by
John Dunning .... producer
André Link .... producer (as Andre Link)
Stephen A. Miller .... producer (as Stephen Miller)
Lawrence Nesis .... executive producer
Bob Presner .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Zaza 
 
Cinematography by
Rodney Gibbons 
 
Film Editing by
Gérald Vansier  (as Gerald Vansier)
Rit Wallis 
 
Art Direction by
Veronica Hadfield  (as Penny Hadfield)
 
Costume Design by
Susan Hall 
 
Makeup Department
Thomas R. Burman .... special makeup effects designer
Ken Diaz .... special makeup effects designer
Tom Hoerber .... special makeup effects designer
Louise Mignault .... makeup artist (as Louise Rundell)
Huguette Roy .... hair stylist
Carolyn Van Gurp .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
John Desormeaux .... unit manager
Danny Rossner .... production manager
Rit Wallis .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Desormeaux .... assistant director: second unit
Victoria Frodsham .... assistant director: second unit
Julian Marks .... first assistant director
Anne Murphy .... second assistant director
Ray Sager .... first assistant director
Ray Sager .... second unit director
Richard Stanford .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Tina Boden .... assistant art director
Ryal Cosgrove .... assistant set props
Raymond Larose .... assistant art director
Maurice Leblanc .... set dresser
David Phillips .... set props
Harold Thrasher .... construction supervisor
 
Sound Department
Jeff Bushelman .... sound effects
Robert Fernandez .... sound re-recording mixer
Joe Grimaldi .... sound re-recordist
Bo Harwood .... sound
Jean-Claude Matte .... boom operator
Pat Somerset .... sound effects
Gérald Vansier .... dialogue editor
Jeremy Hoenack .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Shelley Cook .... stunt double
Peter Cowper .... stunt performer
Dwayne McLean .... stunt coordinator
Brent Meyer .... stunt performer
Jayne Rutter .... stunt performer
Sandy Webb .... stunt performer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean Courteau .... best boy
Alex Dawes .... generator operator
Jean-Maurice de Ernsted .... grip
Louis de Ernsted .... Steadicam operator
Marc de Ernsted .... key grip
Jacques Girard .... grip
Paul Hurteau .... first assistant camera
Daniel Jobin .... first assistant camera
Walter Klymkiw .... gaffer
Chuck Lapp .... grip
Piroska Mihalka .... still photographer
Robin Miller .... first assistant camera
Richard Montpetit .... second assistant camera
Jean-Pierre Plouffe .... second assistant camera
Antonio Vidosa .... grip
 
Casting Department
Daniel Hausmann .... casting consultant
Arden R. Ryshpan .... casting consultant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carol Wood .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Chantal Bowen .... assistant editor
Jean LaFleur .... supervising editor (as Jean Lafleur)
Thomas Metzger .... color timer
 
Music Department
Frank Morrone .... music engineer
 
Other crew
John Desormeaux .... location manager
Lucie Drolet .... production accountant
Joanne T. Harwood .... continuity
Trudi Link .... production accountant
Irene Litinsky .... executive assistant to producer
Yaniko Palis .... production coordinator
Kathy Wolf .... production secretary
Donna Young .... assistant accountant
 

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90 min | 93 min (director's cut)
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Certification:
Australia:R | Finland:K-18 (self applied) (2002) | France:-16 (original rating) | France:-12 (re-rating) | Germany:18 (DVD release) | Iceland:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 (video premiere) | Singapore:PG (cut) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video re-rating) (2003) | UK:18 (video rating) (1989) | USA:R (No. 26253) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
The folk ballad that plays over the ending credits was added by composer Paul Zaza as an afterthought. The uncredited singer who does the vocal for the ballad was a Scottish-Canadian tenor named John McDermott.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The passenger side mirror on TJ's car is askew when Sarah gets into the car. The mirror is fine once again as they drive off.See more »
Quotes:
Axel Palmer:You seen Sarah?
Jessie 'T.J.' Hanniger:Ain't my turn to watch after her.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Empire of the Censors (1995) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Diggin' in the MinesSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
The Slasher That Paramount and the MPAA Tried to Kill, 24 November 2009
Author: gavin6942 from United States

Twenty years ago, Harry Warden went nuts and slaughtered a bunch of people on Valentine's Day. The mining town he hailed from canceled subsequent V-Day dances, but when they try setting one up again, Warden seemingly returns with his pickax, ready to hack the local kids up and leave his mark. Things can only go bad from here.

Director George Mihalka brings us another holiday-themed slasher, riding the success of "Black Christmas", "Halloween" and "Friday the 13th"... and paving the way for "April Fools Day". But George is a nice guy and I don't want to say he's just one among the crowd. There were hundreds of 80s slashers, but only a few stand out today. "Bloody Valentine" is, of course, one of them.

Even in its original, neutered glory (anywhere from three to nine minutes were cut) the film stands as a good film. Without any really notable actors or actresses (okay, so Neil Affleck had a brief role in "Scanners"), and being Mihalka's one big mark, the film carries itself on story, acting and blood. The blood, while lacking a times, comes gushing through in others. And like any good slasher, the killer's identity is not revealed until the end... leaving us guessing until the last twist of the knife (or ax).

Slasher fans need to pick up the Lions Gate special edition. While the double-disc with "April Fools Day" is cheap and still worth watching, you don't really know this film until you've seen it uncut. The gore, oh my, the gore! It's actually a shame that it took so long for a company to come along and save this film because it was even better than we once assumed... Mihalka could have been one of the 80s greats (and, in my mind, he still is).

If you've been a horror fan and avoided this one, please see it. Sure, it's mostly mindless fun -- kids drinking and making out, getting hacked up -- but I can watch variations of this formula dozens, scores or hundreds of times. There's something fun about a simple stalking film that you can't always get from other films that try too hard to be clever. And I like thinking films, but a night with buddies and booze... you need a slasher. And this is the one you should pick.

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