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.
Tom returns to his hometown on the tenth anniversary of the Valentine's night massacre that claimed the lives of 22 people. Instead of a homecoming, Tom finds himself suspected of committing the murders, and it seems like his old flame is the only one that believes he's innocent.
An unknown killer, clad in World War II U.S. Army fatigues, stalks a small New Jersey town bent on reliving a 35 year-old double murder by focusing on a group of college kids holding an annual Spring Dance.
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
According to an interview by The Terror Trap, composer Paul Zaza spoke about wanting to create a different kind of musical motif for each of the individual murders, as well as make the music have a "dripping, damp, creepy sound to it, like in the mine setting itself." He also stated that the end credits song, "The Ballad of Harry Warden", was written because the movie producers wanted a song that could be a hit single on a vinyl record, but they ran out of funding and so "The Ballad of Harry Warden" was written instead. Most of the soundtrack to My Bloody Valentine (1981) was never commercially released. See more »
Chief Jake Newby's pipe disappears then reappears when driving Mayor Hanniger. See more »
[Mike brings Harriet to his room in the coal mine]
How do you like my pad, huh?
It's okay. I can't believe you work here.
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At the beginning of the rolling credits, you will hear the evil-doer miner (Harry Warden) laugh. See more »
In the wake of Halloween and Friday the 13th, many similar films were released, most of which had little or no distinguishing features. One of the most effective and atmospheric was My Bloody Valentine.
Shot in Canada and very infamous for it's brutal battle with the MPAA, My Bloody Valentine is a surprising success, and a wonderful addition to the slasher genre. The acting is good, which comes as quite a shock for any slasher lover. The deaths, while obviously edited, are very effective and intense, especially the laundry room sequence. The image of the killer, dressed in a full miner's garb, smashing the lights along an already dark mine shaft, while a group of victims try to escape is terrifying.
The setting is quite interesting. Most Canadian films try to disguise the fact that it's Canadian. Well, this movie doesn't, which makes it very neat.
I'd say that it's lush photography, good acting, frightening set pieces and killer, and brutal deaths make this is one of the most impressive slashers of the 80's, maybe of all time.
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