My Bloody Valentine
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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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The setting is a bleak, blue-collar mining town. The characters are working class twenty-somethings. The plot involves a mining accident that entombed and killed all but one of a handful of miners. That survivor, Harry Warden (one of the best horror movie villains of all time), had to resort to cannibalism until he was rescued. This sent him off the deep end and the next year, on Valentine's Day, he returned to town (in full miner's garb with pick-axe) and brutally murdered the two supervisors who caused the mining accident. He then cut their hearts out and sent it to the dance with a warning never to have another Valentine's dance. Twenty years later, the townspeople are preparing the first dance in twenty years. Naturally, a series of murders begin, with the victim's hearts cut out. Alarmed, the police decide to cancel the dance. Undeterred, the young characters decide to have a secret party (at the mine's cafeteria). And that's when the slashing fun begins. The twist at the end reveals the killer isn't who you think it might be.
Overall, My Bloody Valentine ranks right up there with the best slasher films, even if it isn't as good as the film that it is inspired by Halloween.
My Bloody Valentine kept to some of the formula while treading some new ground. About 1/2 of the film occurred within the depths of a coal mine, and the main characters were all adults.
If you are a fan of the slasher genre, or a horror fan in general, do yourself a favor and watch this movie. It's ranked in my top five horror movies of all time for a reason
Actually, I preferred this film to the "Friday the 13th Series," mainly because I quickly became tired of the unstoppable demon slasher flicks. In "My Bloody Valentine" there is a very human explanation for the steadily growing body count and the ending is much more "real world" then you will find in the rest of the genre. So while this is a low budget Canadian film where the acting talent and the script would never make it south of the border, there is a certain honesty to the film. This is not a slick production, so it gets its chills in a more raw fashion and the last half-hour of the movie is way above average. That is why I rate it a Four Star *Slasher* Flick.