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My Bloody Valentine -- There's a big Valentine’s day party planned in the little mining town of Valentine's Bluff. It is the first Valentine‘s party in 20 years, because then there was an accident in the mine, and the accident happened because the men responsible for the security were at the party. The sole surviving miner killed them, and told the town NEVER to arrange a valentine party again. The party begins, and so does the killing.


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Release Date:
11 February 1981 (USA) See more »
Harry's out to steal your heart. See more »
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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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)
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)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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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The film was shot in authentic mines which were often as much as 900 feet underground. Only certain lighting devices could be used in the mines because of the potential danger of methane explosions.See more »
Continuity: After miner kills Happy the Bartender, he leans over Happy and the black lens is missing from his gas mask.See more »
Hollis:[the miners are all chewing on tobacco] Howard, you've gotta chew it, you don't blow bubbles with it!
Howard Landers:I'll take care of myself.
Hollis:How'd you ever get to be so stupid?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Digging Up the Marrow (2014)See more »
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What are the differences between the theatrical version and the Unrated Special Edition?
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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Good early 80's slasher film, 31 August 2006
Author: Bjorn (ODDBear) from Iceland

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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