MY BLOODY VALENTINE
Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
What's it about
Horror strikes in a small mining town during the heart-shaped holiday. As the town prepares for a Valentine Dance, cutout hearts, crappy poems, and bodies litter the town as a killer returns to punish them all!!
Is it good movie?
With slasher flicks, especially of the 1980ís variety, the genre is divided in two. A class. B class. Yeah, thatís rather obvious, but A/B really means franchise/non-franchise. Those that got everything right or came mildly close become part of pop culture (Iím looking at you Fred, Mike, and Jason). Those that didnít were forgotten. Relegated to second tier. B. Now, with something of the nature of 1981ís My Bloody Valentine, the classification becomes blurred. By all accounts, this has all the goods: underwhelming and exaggerated acting, nonsensical plot, questionable directing, holiday massacre, silent killer. These elements donít hurt the film, they enhance the end product. It becomes a perfect time capsule of the era where innocence dominated the characters and non-CGI gore flowed. But somehow My Bloody Valentine never caught on.
Years have passed since my last viewing of My Bloody Valentine so when I watched this extended cut, I didnít recall the amount of blood, the stabbings, or the nail gun nor did I recall the mean, nasty violence. Why? Well, either it might have been my mental impairment at the time OR the original film had been neutered on original release. The new version shows every death in great detail, not shying away from a little blood flow. If it had contained the chaos presented here, I believe we might have seen more, because the villain, the miner-killer, is fantastic. Granted, heís just a Michael Myers rip-off, but every slasher movie ripped off the John Carpenter masterpiece. Dressed in black with a helmet, dark goggles, and a pick axe, The Miner might be just another silent, stalking killer, but he sure looks damn good. However, they could have done without the box of bloody hearts and bad poetry. Regardless, the violence he inflicts is top notch. While the rest of the movie looks cheap, the effects rank top notch, notably a great washing machine bit, a decapitation, and my favorite, the nail gun in the fat guyís head. Good fun indeed.
Itís hard to believe the producers didnít pump out a few more adventures because of the Miner, and because of the setting. After all, the dark, isolated mine creates terror without trying. Itís effective and creates a blue-collar angle to an otherwise suburban genre. My Bloody Valentine also does away with the standard issue female virgin lead and replaces her with emotionally reclusive men. Itís a great touch that adds a sense of realism despite the mediocre acting. The story focuses on a dance of people long out of high school, the love triangle actually works. Plus, this might sound chauvinistic, but itís great to see a man take charge in a horror movie from once. Men like to beat up bad dudes too. Just ask Bruce Campbell.
Video / Audio
Video: Widescreen presentation
Audio: Presented with the power of Dolby Digital
Bloodlust: My Bloody Valentine and the Rise of the Slasher Film: Excellent, extensive history and analysis of the slasher genre and the movie itself, detailing origins and how and why the producers entered into the horror fray. Itís goodÖuntil the plug for the movie flick appears.
Deleted Scenes with Introductions: Calling them deleted is misleading as itís really just 10 isolated, extended scenes from the movie with more gore. Better to watch them during the new cut of the movie instead of alone.
Bloodlines: Interactive Horror History: Interesting idea of creating a family tree of horror. Good to an extent for new fans to the genre. It should be included on all horror DVDs.
While itís not in classical slasher vein, My Bloody Valentine should be. Itís effective with a classical villain, excellent gore, and a lot of 1980s. Go rent or buy it nowÖjust in time for Valentineís Day!