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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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Harry's out to steal your heart. See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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I warned you once, I warned you twice, if you skip "My Bloody Valentine" you'll pay the price! See more (139 total) »

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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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:
Producers André Link and John Dunning said the films origin came about when they sought to find a holiday which a slasher film had not been set on during the "slasher flick boom" of the early 1980s. They settled on Valentine's Day and in order to keep the idea from being copied they made the films working title "The Secret", though they had the release title in mind the whole time.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When riding down into the mine, Howard drinks a beer. When he tips the can up, you can see holes from a church key type can opener on the bottom of the can.See more »
Quotes:
Sylvia:You know what we need?
John:Yup, I got one right here!
[holds up a condom]
Sylvia:Uh, no. I meant a couple of beers, John.
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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
I warned you once, I warned you twice, if you skip "My Bloody Valentine" you'll pay the price!, 30 May 2009
Author: dee.reid from United States

In the wake of the successes of "Black Christmas" (1974), "Halloween" (1978) and "Friday the 13th" (1980), there seemed to be a craze not only for slasher flicks, but for holiday-themed slasher flicks. There were many imitators, many slasher flicks that lacked distinction or anything of redeeming value. Still, one of the best, not to mention criminally underrated, was "My Bloody Valentine" from 1981.

Set against the backdrop of Valentine's Day in a small Nova Scotian mining town, a Valentine's Day dance, once the most celebrated holiday function in town, has been put off for 20 years due to a tragedy at the local mine. Five miners were trapped underground by an explosion, because the two supervisors who were supposed to be on-duty had failed to check the methane levels because they were in a hurry to get to the dance. Six weeks later, we're told, only one of the miners survived, Harry Warden, who survived by eating the flesh of his dead comrades and was committed to a mental institution shortly thereafter. One year later, he killed the two supervisors responsible for the disaster and later vowed vengeance upon the town if they were to ever celebrate another Valentine's Day.

20 years later, a group of hormonally-charged young people ("young people," not teenagers) who work in the local mine are eager to have another Valentine's Day festivity, despite the warnings of the town's elders not to do so. Pretty soon, the mayor receives an eerie warning and a heart-shaped candy box filled with a real human heart, and not long after young people left and right start dying in increasingly horrific and creative fashions - a laundry machine, a nail gun, a shower head, ropes, hot dogs (yes, hot dogs!), and the killer's trademark pick-axe figure into some of the most gruesome ways the characters in this movie are dispatched.

"My Bloody Valentine" was directed by George Mihalka, and his direction and production design are what is largely responsible for making this an above average slasher flick. This movie is all of well-acted, well-made, and has a fantastic and creepy story. Like in "Halloween" and "Friday the 13th," the viewer is many times party to the slaughter of young people because of the fact that the film is often shot from the point-of-view of the killer; so we often hear his deep breaths from behind a gas mask as he stalks and slaughters his victims.

The second half of the film is set largely underground, in a real mine in Nova Scotia, Canada. These underground scenes are generally very creepy and claustrophobic, dimly-lit and you get the feeling that every time someone strays from the group or wanders down a dark tunnel alone, something could jump out of the darkness to dispatch them; these creepy and claustrophobic scenes of darkness remind one of the underground scenery in the recent British horror movie classic "The Descent" (2005) - which is also one of my all-time favorite horror movies.

In terms of pure slasher movie goodness, "My Bloody Valentine" doesn't disappoint. The movie abides by almost every slasher movie cliché imaginable (the virgin survives, sex = death, don't say "I'll be right back," because you won't, etc. - see Randy in "Scream" for further details). But surprisingly, even with its hormonally-charged young people and plenty of sex and innuendo, there is no actual on-screen nudity. (Huh???) Strange but true, people die in some incredibly gruesome ways in this picture, but there's no gratuitous nudity anywhere - they aren't really sex scenes, but actually they're more like make-out scenes and the most "skin" we see is a girl in her bra and panties - so "My Bloody Valentine" gets bonus points from me for that.

Lastly, "My Bloody Valentine" has also been the source of much controversy in the 28 years since it was released, largely due to the fact that at least five minutes of on-screen gore were cut from the film (additionally, none of this lost footage contains any extra sex or nudity); virtually every death scene in the movie was trimmed in some fashion by the MPAA. This lost footage was restored in the recently released extended cut of the film. If this movie were released today, I seriously doubt that these cuts would be enforced by the MPAA, but I guess one can understand why they were made back in '81; they are quite nasty and will surely please gore-hounds, but with this new extended cut of the film you get the feeling that you're watching the complete movie, one that is finally free of the ugly influence of censorship.

I'm glad to say that now, especially since I saw "Drag Me to Hell" yesterday, I have yet another summer horror movie to add to my list of movies to watch during the Halloween season - "My Bloody Valentine."

P.S.: "My Bloody Valentine" was remade earlier this year as a 3-D movie.

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