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Valentine (2001)

Five women are stalked by an unknown assailant while preparing for Valentine's Day.

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Valentine's Day 1988: At the school dance, geeky Jeremy Melton bravely faces one rejection after the other when asking four popular girls to dance with him. A fifth girl, plump and insecure, agrees, but they end up making out under the bleachers. When a group of school bullies catches them, the girl claims that Jeremy attacked her. This causes them to strip off his clothes and beat him up in front of the entire school. Flash forward to 2001. We meet the five girls who were in that school gym: Kate, Paige, Shelly, Lily and the formerly plump Dorothy. They are all in their 20's now and trying to sort out their love lives, which is appropriate, since Valentine's Day is coming up. After a disastrous date with a loser, one of the girls, a pre-med student, is murdered by a Cherub-mask wearing killer who sent her a death threat in the form of a Valentine card prior to the attack. After the four remaining girls are reunited at her funeral, they all start receiving threatening cards and ... Written by Tertius Saayman <tsaayman@hotmail.com>

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This February, Hearts Don't Just Break. They Get Even. See more »


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Rated R for strong horror violence, some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,024,648, 4 February 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$20,384,136, 15 April 2001

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,300,000, 31 December 2001
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During the original casting process, Tara Reid, who previously appeared in Jaime Blanks' other film Urban Legend (1998), played "Dorothy Wheeler' (now played by Jessica Capshaw) and Jennifer Love Hewitt played "Paige Prescott" (now played by Denise Richards). See more »

Goofs

When Shelly is preparing to perform the autopsy apart from she wearing surgical gloves, she should also have worn a lab coat. See more »

Quotes

[Shelley reads her Valentine]
Shelley Fisher: The journey of love is an arduous trek, My love grows for you as you bleed from your neck.
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The opening Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures logos are red. See more »


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Not too original - but a step in the right direction.

Ok. I'll say it right now - I'm NOT a fan of 1990's horror. Scream, I Know What You Did, etc... they can do without me. I'm a fan of 80's slashers, though - and the Italian horror films of Fulci and Argento.

While Valentine does share much with it's 1990's brothren (hot young cast, pulsating soundtrack), it also has much to share with 80's slasher flicks, and the films of Argento (please, fans of the maestro do not crucify me yet).

First an explanation of the 80's comparison, it should be a fairly obvious comparison. A young boy is tormented and rejected by his schoolmates, and comes back later to seek revenge. If that wasn't typical enough of the 80's, he also dispatches of victims in a way that reminds me of Prom Night. It's a very nice - you know who it is, but you don't - type of feel. As for comparing Valentine with Dario Argento's films - just look at the style of the killer, and then view "Tenebre." The black gloves, the relentless stalking, and even the death scenes (at times) could be seen as "style over substance."

All in all, Valentine is a fun, but sometimes slow moving, horror flick that is just a cut above the average horror films of late. It might not be such a big improvement, but it's definitely an effort.


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