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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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Runtime:
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:
According to makeup effects artist Thomas R. Burman, one of his gory creations was realistic enough that director George Mihalka threw up at the sight of it.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the mine, just before accidentally hitting T.J. with a board, Axel shuts the light on his helmet off. In the next several shots, the light goes from off to on and back multiple times.See more »
Quotes:
[Mayor Hanniger and Chief Newby are driving back to City Hall in Newby's police Suburban. The Chief gestures to the heart-shaped candy box that arrived at the police building earlier, addressed to the Mayor]
Chief Jake Newby:Aren't you goint to open that?
Mayor Hanniger:Yeah.
Chief Jake Newby:Better read the card first.
[Mayor Hanniger opens the card on the front of the box]
Mayor Hanniger:[reading from the card] From the heart comes a warning, filled with bloody good - cheer, remember what happened as the 14th draws - near!
[Hanniger opens the box to find a blood-soaked heart inside. The chief looks over and is horrified by what he sees]
[...]
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Soundtrack:
The Ballad of Harry WardenSee more »

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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A Bloody Good Time., 26 January 2009
Author: Mr_Censored from Maine

More than just a guilty pleasure -- this one's actually good!

By the time 1981 had rolled around, the horror genre had gained much momentum with holiday-themed slasher flicks such as "Halloween" and "Friday The 13th." Never ones to shy away from a good cash-cow, Paramount (the same company to bring you "Friday The 13th") hired George Mihalka to direct the Valentine's Day themed "My Bloody Valentine." Pre-dating much of the camp and excess of the 80's, "My Bloody Valentine" is a pretty innocent film in it's own right, a glimpse into a time before the genre was completely saturated with masked killers and dumbed-down teenagers. It's simply a well-paced, well-oiled little horror movie. It's got a surprising amount of suspense, matched only by the outrageous and often over-the-top visual effects which -- thanks to a newly restored print of the film on DVD -- have finally seen the light of day.

With his film, Mihalka injects a good dosage of suspense, as well as some subtle stylishness. The grimy and grungy setting -- a dumpy mining town in Canada -- gives the film an unmistakably realistic look and feel, which only helps to drive home the authenticity. Sure, the film has it's fair share of clichés; in fact, some of the dialogue and plot-points appear to be ripped straight out of the original "Friday The 13th." The story of a deranged killer returning home years later to exact his revenge on a town is hardly re-inventing the wheel. But when stacked up against it's competition, "My Bloody Valentine" holds it's own. It's one of the few films from the much maligned (and yet, enjoyable) era to actually hold up to today's standards (for the most part). Truth be told, even if you are viewing the heavily edited theatrical cut, the film works just as well without the heavy special effects, which is a testament to the overall quality of a film that was conceived, created and released in under half a year's time.

Sure, it's got it's flaws, but nothing fatal. If you can stomach bad characters, even worse actors and a few clichés here and there, it's a pretty satisfying experience. At the very least, it pre-dates a lot of more successful films and has had a subtle influence on the genre as a whole. Fans of the genre should be aware of it not just as a fun way to kill time -- which it is -- but also as a perfect example of a slasher done right. With a remake currently in theaters and a DVD that treats the film right, "My Bloody Valentine" is finally having it's day in the sun. Even if you've "seen it all," you'll still have a good time with it.

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