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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Kelman ... T.J.
... Sarah
... Axel
... Hollis
... Howard
... Patty
... Sylvia
Rob Stein ... John
... Mike (as Tom Kovacs)
Terry Waterland ... Harriet
... Dave
Jim Murchison ... Tommy
Gina Dick ... Gretchen
... The Miner & Harry Warden
... 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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Cross your heart...and hope to die. See more »


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Release Date:

11 February 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blutiger Valentinstag  »

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Budget:

CAD 2,300,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,672,031
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the ending credits the song lines say, "and those still alive, know the secret survives..." this is referring to the movie's originally intended title, 'The Secret'. See more »

Goofs

After miner kills Happy the Bartender, he leans over Happy and the black lens is missing from his gas mask. See more »

Quotes

[Newby walks over to where Dave and Tommy are both jokingly dancing with a paper cut-out of a cupid]
Chief Jake Newby: You'd better put that thing back where you found it or I'll turn you both upside-down, especially you.
Dave: This is my date, Chief!
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Thick of It: Episode #2.3 (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Home Along the Highway
Written by Lee Bach
Performed by Lee Bach
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Give 'em hell Harry.
18 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

My Bloody Valentine is one of the best and most well-made slasher flicks of the 80's. It's also one of the better holiday themed horror movies around!

A crazed miner is determined to stop the celebration of Valentine's day in a small Nova Scotia town, with the help of a trusty pick ax that is.

* minor (or miner, I'm not funny.) spoilers *

While the film doesn't re-invent the wheel for slasher movies, it still manages to stand out well from the rest of it's kind. The climax in the mine creates some great suspense in an atmospheric and claustrophobic setting. The cast is quite likable and good, even though there's not a known name in sight. And the gore hounds should enjoy the happenings, cutting out hearts and pick ax murders, even a nasty death-by-dryer and a face scalded in a boiling pot. It's still gory despite cuts made by the MPAA. There's also the occasional touch of colorful dark humor.

The direction, while simple, is well done with some good shock cuts. The music score is a nicely moody one, even beautiful in a way. Over all, the film holds together well.

Seek it out slasher fans! This is one enjoyable cult film that is not to be missed!

*** out of ****


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