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My Bloody Valentine (1981)

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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.

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:

Cross your heart...and hope to die. 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 soundtrack to My Bloody Valentine (1981) was mostly by Paul Zaza and Canadian country singer Marie Bottrell. Although Paul Zaza has claimed to have all of the original soundtrack with him, including the folk rock songs and Ballad of Harry Warden by John McDermott, he has never released it for sale despite a number of fans of the film requesting that he do so. In several interviews he has stated that even though he has copies of the soundtrack, there isn't a large enough number of interested buyers to make it worth putting out on vinyl, CD or MP3's. Marie Bottrell released her recorded songs from the film for sale on an album called "The Star". The Ballad of Harry Warden is available on a number of video sites, copied from the ending credits of the film's DVD release. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the film the dialogue implies that it takes place in the Eastern United States. However, when the police chief and mayor are driving and discussing how they love Valentine's Day candies, they pass a building with a Canadian flag on it. In the bar, there are photographs of Cape Breton buildings and a Moosehead Beer neon sign. Moosehead is a brewing company only found in Canada. See more »

Quotes

Chief Jake Newby: Anything happen?
Ben: No. It's been quiet all evening.
Chief Jake Newby: Good.
Ben: [indicating the heart-shaped box on Newby's desk] That came for you, though.
Chief Jake Newby: [looking at the heart-shaped box] Oh my God. Get me a coffee, will you, Ben?
Ben: Yeah, sure, Chief.
[walks away]
Chief Jake Newby: My God.
[Chief Newby nervously lifts the lid of the box, then sighs in relief when he sees that it just contains some chocolates. He opens the card, only to find a handwritten message that says, "Jake, be my valentine! Love Mabel!"]
Chief Jake Newby: [with tears in his eyes] Oh, ...
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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 »


Soundtracks

Can't Believe I lost You
Performed by Mary Bottrell
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Revenge of the 80's: Teen slasher flick
4 November 2003 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

My Bloody Valentine (1981) takes place in a small mining town. Valentine's Day is coming and so is the reappearance of a local and nasty legend. Some deranged sweethearts' killer is back on the loose as the community cringes in horror or is it? Can these youngsters hold off this weirdo until day break or will they all become it's next victims?

A decent slasher/stalker horror film. Sadly, like most of the films that came out during the early 80's, the studios took shears to the prints cutting out the best parts of the movie. If the studio didn't slice the graphic set pieces into ribbons, this would have been a true classic. Alas, it's not. Left alone this could have been a great one. But it's not.

Recommended for fans of the genre.


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