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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 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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Sarah, be My Bloody Valentine! See more »


Certificate:

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Trivia

The film was shot in authentic mines which were often as much as 900 feet underground. Only certain lighting devices could be used in the mines because of the potential danger of methane explosions. See more »

Goofs

Chief Jake Newby's pipe disappears then reappears when driving Mayor Hanniger. See more »

Quotes

Patty: Eh, what happened to Mike and Harriet?
Howard Landers: [smiling devilishly] Maybe Harry Warden got 'em!
Patty: Stop it!
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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

An unrated region 1 DVD was finally released in January 2009 by Lionsgate/Paramount. The DVD gives viewers the option to watch the R-rated version of the movie or with the original violent scenes spliced back into the film. Despite this, three scenes play in their unrated form regardless of which version is being watched: the flashbacks of Axel's father's death, and Harry Warden with the arm. See more »

Connections

Referenced in From Stereo to Video (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

The Last Valentine
  • composed by Paul Zaza, sung by Marie Bottrell

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Give 'em hell Harry.
18 November 2004 | by Nightman85See 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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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD2,300,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,672,031

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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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