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My Bloody Valentine (Special Edition)
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Twenty years after a Valentine's Day tragedy, a small town prepares for its annual holiday dance. When a box of candy arrives containing an eerie warning and a blood-soaked heart, the townsfolk realize that this Valentine's Day romance is as good as dead...and so are they!
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Some Facts about the Film: It was released in theaters in the U.S. on February 11, 1981 and February 13, 1981 in Canada. It was made at a budget of $2.3,000,000. It was directed by George Mihalka. It was produced by John Dunning, Andre' Link, and Stephen Miller. It was written by John Beaird. The Score was by Paul Zaza of whom did the score for Prom Night the previous year. It was shot in Sydney Mines, in Nova Scotia, Canada and the mine they used was a mine closed back in 1975. It's name was the Princess Colliery Mine. It was distributed by Paramount Pictures. It's production company was: Canadian Film Development Corporation. Secret Film Company. It's original title was The Secret. Finally, it grossed $5,672,031.
Unfortunately, due to the murder of John Lennon back in late 1980 there was a major backlash against violence in movies, so they had to cut out all of the graphic scenes of gore. Also the MPAA would only allow an R-rating to the movie if they heavily cut the death scenes.
I personally am very happy with this 2009 uncut version inserting the gore scenes into the movie for the very first time in nearly 30 years. With this release it was an awesome idea to offer both the R-rated and the Extended cuts to watch. It definitely allows the viewer who both wants to see the graphic gore and to get a much clearer idea of what happened to victims. As the description states that all that's added is the originally cut gore scenes to the time of the movie, well that's exactly right. Also seeing both versions allows the viewer to better appreciate the addition of the new scenes.
The gore is beautifully done, very real looking, and it allows the murder scenes a much greater impact and intensity.
There were several cool kill scenes but, my most favorite was definitely the girl being impaled on the shower head. My least favorite however was the guy having his head shoved into the boiling hot dog water. Also, I hated how that scene totally lacked in any kind of suspense what-so-ever. That's the only kill scene that I didn't like.
I loved the love triangle between T.J., Sarah, and Axel. Sarah's a beautiful young lady and I can understand the two guys being in love with her and also fighting over her. A love triangle is definitely something that I can personally relate to. I've been there myself.
The internal shots of the mine are very well shot and allow the killer miner to hide in several catacombs unnoticed. Also it's very dark, grim, and forboding. The total sense of isolation alone truly sells the suspense and horror that the mine allows for. Also it's a pretty dangerous location as well.
The Blu-ray transfer is beautifully rendered and it allows for an awesome 3-d feeling making it feel as though you're actually in the movie following the miners and trying to avoid the homicidal miner as well. It gives something of a VR feel.
I definitely hated Axel, but you were supposed to anyway. But more than Axel, I really hated Hollis. He was ugly, annoying, he looked alot older than the rest of the miners, and he just didn't really fit with the rest of the characters at all. That's a minor concern though. No pun intended.
The pacing of this movie is just right and you do get the chance to actually care about the characters during the slower scenes. TJ and Sarah's fight with the killer miner was indeed well paced and very exciting.
Unfortunately there's not one scene of nudity in this movie and I do criticize it for that. All of the young ladies in this movie are so incredibly hot and gorgeous that it's a shame that there's no nude scenes. That doesn't ruin the movie at all, but it's still a bummer.
The look for Harry Warden proves very cool, scary, and incredibly menacing.
Overall, if you're into slashers from the 70's and 80's well then this one is definitely for you. It has atmosphere, dark, dreary scenes, beautiful people(for the most part), excellent gore(extended version only), very creative kill scenes, a little bit of dark humor, a couple of relatable characters, a holiday theme, people who care about one another, and the legend of psychotic miner Harry Warden. After 35 years this classic Canadian slasher still holds up and this one is definitely a must. The remake is also excellent.
so why not have a 80's slasher/Horror film that makes fun of Valentines Day, which i find funny
this film was released in Cinemas 1981 the same year many other slasher films were released
Halloween II, friday the 13th part II, The Prowler, Final exam and others
not my favourite slasher/Horror film that's for sure probably down the bottom of the list, plot related anyway
the plot is basically a Gold digger Miner comes back for revenge on Valentines Day
cause of a Tragedy that happened to him 20 years ago on Valentines Day
the film is set in a Mining town in Canada somewhere
and this Miner goes on a Killing spree in this Town, the plot and the Acting is very average that's for sure
but the Killing scenes are extremely Graphic nearly equivelant to a Blood and Gore film these days
so this film was heavily cut by the MPAA back in 1980
to the point where the killing scenes very lame and pathetic
there is some suspense in this film but mainly just kill scenes
i bought this new Lionsgate blu-ray of this 1981 slasher film out of curiosity actually
not because i was a massive fan of the film
Halloween II, Friday the 13th 2 were better films released the same year
but because Lionsgate have released both the Theatrical version and the Extended cut version on 1 Disc
i watched the Extended cut version which i think is a better version
this extended cut is just the Deleted scenes included back in the Theatrical version
which you can watch seperatly anyway
the Deleted footage is just the extra Blood and Gore that's it which looks very Graphic i think
the film itself is a new High definition remaster which does look amazing very clear picture better than the dvd version
but the extra blood and Gore footage looks only Digital remastered not HD
you can definitely tell the difference in picture quality when the kill scenes come up on screen
apart from that the Extended cut is what it is. so just be thankful that Paramount released
the extra blood and Gore and you can watch it as part of the Theatrical version
which is the Extended cut option on the menu
Lionsgate has also released some new extras aswell for this special edition of the film
Bloodlust my Bloody valentine is a making of featurette only goes for 20mins
the first 10-15mins is about the making of the 1981 version
all new interviews with Producer John Dunning, Andre Link, the Make up effects supervisor is interviewed too
and some Actors from the 1981 release are also interviewed aswell
the Actors don't say much about the film that's for sure cause to them the film was just another Job
to get some cash on the side that's it, hence the average acting performances in the film
some of them didn't continue to do anymore acting roles
some of them just went to get University Degrees and schlarships so the film was just some cash money on the side
the last 5mins of this featurette is about the 2009 remake
but this featurette is still interesting to watch even for Non fans of the film
the Audio quality is excellent 5.1 master audio, the picture quality is amazing HD
if this film is one of your favourite slasher films from the 80'S
then get this new Blu-ray release by Lionsgate, scrap the old dvd release get this new blu-ray version
definitely worth the cash
the plot is very very average, the kill scenes are excellent thou
this blu-ray release is amazing because of the new extended cut
i don't love the film it's not my favourite slasher film so i just gave it 4 stars not 5.
The kills are effectively gory and its kind of scary too , I love slashers obviously, thus my name "Slasher Diva". You can tell by the first kill if a slasher flick is going to be rewarding or not and this one starts off right. Has Harry Warden come back to Valentine Bluffs to wreak havoc and spill blood or is it someone else?
Above average slasher fare with fun characters and pretty good acting.This has to be in my top 5 retro slashers of all time.
Don't open the dryer! Watch out for the hot dogs!! And never have sex with a man in a miner suit and mask. Buy it especially if you're a slasher lover.
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