My Bloody Valentine

Cross your heart...and hope to die.

Horror Thriller Mystery
90 min     6.5     1981     Canada

Overview

Twenty years ago in the sleepy mining town of Valentine Bluffs, a fatal mining disaster occurred on Valentine's Day while some of the crew was decorating for a party. The sole survivor of the accident killed the remaining crewmembers and warned the town not to celebrate Valentine's Day again. When a group of teenagers decides to defy that order, a murderous maniac in mining gear begins dispatching townsfolk in bloody and creative ways.

Reviews

John Chard wrote:
Love me love my pickaxe. Slasher films from the 1980s are legion for they are many, unsurprisingly the quality varies and the advent of time has dimmed their impact somewhat. My Bloody Valentine is middle of the road, blighted by cuts to its gore scenes, it’s a film that has had to work hard to earn its cult following. It’s a good old stalk and slash revenger based around a coal mine where a tragedy happened many moons ago. The mystery element is strong enough to maintain interest, and although the formula is consistently one dimensional for the genre of the time, it operates well above average for the gore and blood hounds. There’s some bad acting and some even worse moustaches! While expectation of a hidden slasher gem will only end in disappointment. But what it does it does well and a good time is assured for the undemanding horror peeps. 7/10
JPV852 wrote:
Okay early 1980s slasher (with some decent gore effects, though the violence was very tame compared to today) that has its moments but really never found it very suspenseful or worse, engaging, maybe hurting there's not much in the way of a lead to follow. I know this holds a special place in some people's hearts, I just didn't do it for me. **3.0/5**
Wuchak wrote:
***The Miner Forty-Niner, oh no!!! (not really, but sort of)*** Twenty years after a psycho murder spree at a mining town in Nova Scotia, gruesome slayings start happening again on Valentine’s Day. Did the psycho escape the asylum and return for more blood? “My Bloody Valentine” (1981) was part of the early 80’s slasher boom after the success of “Friday the 13th” (1980) and, of course, “Halloween” (1978). It meshes the vibe of “The Funhouse” (1981) with the location of “Orca” (1977) and throws in a dash of “The Fog” (1980). While it’s the least of these IMHO, it’s not far off. The remote mining town area on the shores of Nova Scotia is a highlight augmented by a colorful cast. Unfortunately, the filmmakers didn’t have the funds to shoot any sequences at nearby Cape Breton Highlands National Park, so there are no scenic shots; everything looks mundane with a lot of scenes taking place IN the mines, particularly most of the third act. Paul Kelman is good as the mysterious male protagonist, T.J., reminiscent of Oliver Reed. On the female front there are several beauties, e.g. Cynthia Dale (Patty), Lori Hallier (Sarah) and Helene Udy (Sylvia), but the creators curiously didn’t know how to photograph women, as was effectively done in “Friday the 13th,” “The Funhouse” and “Tourist Trap” (1979); and I’m not talkin’ ‘bout nudity or sleaze. Another problem is that the events take place in friggin’ coastal Canada during mid-February and there’s no snow or coldness to be found. It was actually shot in September-November and looks it. The 2009 remake, which was shot in central Pennsylvania, took the template of this film and made a more all-around entertaining slasher, but this one is worth checking out if you like the style of the contemporary films noted above. Like all of those flicks, it has quality mood and creepiness, but it’s never genuinely scary. When a slaying happens it’s usually humorous even though it’s played out seriously (to me, anyway). The movie runs 1 hour, 30 minutes, and was shot around Sydney Mines on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. GRADE: B/B-

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