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My Bloody Valentine (1981)

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.

Director:

George Mihalka

Writers:

Stephen A. Miller (story concept) (as Stephen Miller), John Beaird

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Kelman Paul Kelman ... T.J.
Lori Hallier ... Sarah
Neil Affleck ... Axel
Keith Knight ... Hollis
Alf Humphreys ... Howard
Cynthia Dale ... Patty
Helene Udy ... Sylvia
Rob Stein Rob Stein ... John
Thomas Kovacs ... Mike (as Tom Kovacs)
Terry Waterland Terry Waterland ... Harriet
Carl Marotte ... Dave
Jim Murchison Jim Murchison ... Tommy
Gina Dick Gina Dick ... Gretchen
Peter Cowper ... The Miner & Harry Warden
Don Francks ... Chief Newby
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Storyline

Valentine's Day is coming around and the young people of the small mining town of Valentine's BLuffs are organising a party. A few decades earlier an explosion at the mine trapped six miners underground. One, Harry Warden, survived, though in a deranged state. Warden is sent to a mental hospital but escapes and murders those he deems responsible for the mine accident. Now people are being brutally murdered again, and the townsfolk suspect that it is the work of Harry Warden. Written by grantss

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Taglines:

This Valentine's Day, romance is DEAD. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blutiger Valentinstag See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD 2,300,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,672,031
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The filming location, Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia is a small Canadian coal-mining town. The area was filled with closed pit mines, bootleg mines and underground mines, which were shutting down (due to economic and environmental issues), at the time filming took place. Since then, the mine used as the "Hanniger Mine", called the Princess Colliery Mine in real-life, has been dismantled, buried and turned into a park/museum. See more »

Goofs

As Howard stands with Sarah and Patty waiting for Hollis to return, Hollis rounds the corner after being shot with the nail gun. In the following shot, Patty raises her hands to her mouth. Yet, in the next shot, her hands are at her knees before she again raises them to her mouth as she stands. See more »

Quotes

Dave: I've got the munchies!
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning of the rolling credits, you will hear the evil-doer miner (Harry Warden) laugh. See more »

Alternate Versions

Although the UK cinema version was never cut by the BBFC the print used was culled from the US R-rated version, though it contained an additional closing shot of an arm being ripped off which was not present in any later releases. The 1989 CIC video and 2003 DVD versions contain the original heavily cut R-rated US print. See more »


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Can't Believe I lost You
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User Reviews

 
The Slasher That Paramount and the MPAA Tried to Kill
24 November 2009 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

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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