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My Bloody Valentine (1981)

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"There's a big valentine-party planned in the little miningtown Valentine's Bluff. It is the first valentine party in 20 years, because then there was an accident in the mine, and the accident happened because the men responsible for the security was at the party. The sole surviving miner killed them, and told the town NEVER to arrange a valentine party again. The party begins, and so does the killing."


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Review Date: 01 May 2008 My Rating: out of 5

 

Plans for an annual Valentine’s dance in the sleepy town of Valentine’s Bluff (uh-huh) hit a snag when a psycho miner (wearing a gas mask and brandishing a pick-axe and all!) starts hacking up locals, possibly connected to a nasty mining accident about twenty years earlier. Although warnings to cancel the dance are heeded (dire warnings are placed inside sick little valentines by the killer), some dorky youngsters decide to head down the mine for a bit of ‘recreation’, and naturally end up in a whole mess of trouble. Don Francks plays the local sheriff.

Second-tier, Canadian slasher directed by George Mihalka, doesn’t have much in the way of top-level acting, quick pacing, or brilliant dialogue, but it features one of the most interesting settings and back-stories for a slasher film that I’ve seen. It offers minor pleasures (the foggy cinematography and rather impressive lighting have their moments, despite obvious budgetary limitations, and the use of sound is effective too), but hey, that’s more than most of the “Friday the 13th” films can deliver, so like “He Knows You’re Alone”, this one’ll do when there’s not much else on TV.

Still, some of that Jason Voorhees patented gore wouldn’t have gone astray in this rather ho-hum (in gore terms) affair, a major detraction in many people’s eyes. And by the way, “I Know What You Did Last Summer” and “Valentine” have an awful lot to answer for!

OVERALL SUMMARY
Watchable (especially the climax) but it’s a shame that there’s no one here to give two cents about (Veteran Francks is about the best of the lot).



Reviewer: Phil Davies Brown @horrorasylum
Location:Scotland, UK
Review Date: 31 August 2003 My Rating: out of 5

Coming from Paramount, I expected a lot of footage to be missing but I didn't expect it to be a bad film. This film has a good reputation amongst slasher fans but didn't give me what I was expecting.

Set in the small mining town of Valentine's Bluffs (yeah right) the film tells the story of the infamous Harry Warden who was trapped down the town mine for days after an explosion led to a cave in. Had the supervisors not been so anxious to get to the town dance, the accident may never have happened. Poor Harry Warden meanwhile resorted to eating his workmates to stay alive.....an experience that sent him crazy. One year later Harry escaped from the nearby mental hospital and came back for the supervisors who were getting ready to go to the dance, there hasn't been a dance since......until tonight.

The main problem with the film is pacing, it starts far too slowly and spends most of the running time as a dramatic love triangle with few kills between. The next problem is the cast. Most of the male leads appear to be pushing and shout their lines. Another bad aspect is the cheesy humour, which fails to entertain.

The only good aspects about this film come into play during the death scenes and these are the scenes that have been tragically cut once again by the ever moral Paramount.

Director George Mihalka demonstrates that he is more than capable of creating suspense and atmosphere amongst the few good moments, which mainly go to the females who are more likeable than the male characters.

I believe that this was a good film but like it's characters, suffered a cruel fate at the hands of Paramount, who took control of the film and ultimately ruined what tried to be a different take on the slasher sub-genre.

OVERALL SUMMARY
Not too bad, but rather slow in pace, I would love to see the Director's cut as I think it would change a lot of peoples perceptions of the film. It's a shame that Paramount were unwilling to support their Director and film, as it had the potential elements to be a good movie.




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