My Bloody Valentine [Blu-ray] [Import]
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This bizarre little horror movie is set in the mining town of Valentine Bluffs, which may be in Canada, though the odd, indeterminate accents of the cast are perhaps meant to suggest that it is truly a regionless everyland. In a cruel twist of fate, the Bluffers have not celebrated Valentine's Day in 20 years due to a terrible mining accident. This year is to be the first return of the Valentine's Dance--repeatedly described by adults as the biggest event of the year--but someone (or something?) is trying to put a stop to the fun by delivering heart-shaped candy boxes with real hearts in them. The dance is called off in the name of public safety, the young (well, youngish) people decide to hold a party inside the mine instead, and if you think we're getting out of this one without someone getting a pickax through the chest, you have no business watching slasher movies. --Ali Davis --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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There are however a couple of things that disappoint me with this dvd. The first one being the fact that this film is obviously edited and censored in a couple of senes. When I heard about the release of this DVD, I had hoped that the uncut version would at last be released, but alas, this is not the case. Also, the DVD itself is very bare bones. No trailer, No commentary, No production notes, no nothing.
But even having said that, this film still gets 5 stars in my book, its an entertaining slasher horror film that has enough original plot twists to set it apart from the many imitators in the horror genre. Horror fans who enjoy a good late-night body count flick should enjoy this over and over again.
This is my personal favorite of all the holiday-themed slasher films that trailed "Halloween" and "Friday the 13th". A few redundent characters, like the old man whose warnings fall on deaf ears, or the annoying prankster. There's some good acting and we actually have a love triangle; these movies usually don't bother with subplots or much character development. Having several terrified people trapped in a coal mine with a psychotic heavy-breathing miner is a novel touch. Too bad this didn't do much at the box office, an intended sequel was canceled. In 2001, director George Mihalka approached Paramount about doing a "20 years later" sequel, as well as an uncut DVD release, but they didn't give him the time of day.
Yup, another killer slashing up people acting like teenagers again and again as a smallish town tries to restart a tradition stopped by tragedy a generation or so ago. Hey, didn't we just see this plot in The Prowler? There's also the escaped lunatic returning with his axe set on grind plot put to use (see Halloween or, better yet, see Prom Night, which has the exact same plot as MBV, more or less). But what raises MBV above the average slasher is the excellent use of an actual mine, which contributes a wonderful atmosphere to the standard yarn. Sadly this DVD release is the R rated cut and not a restored print. Strictly for those nostalgic for the days when you could not find a movie theater that didn't have a Holiday themed slasher opus currently playing or coming soon, others need not apply.
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Not so harmless in 1981, the MPAA made the filmmakers cut out the gory scenes but thankfully when Lionsgate got the rights to the franchise to do the remake, they also released the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Shaun Leaman
Simply a cult classic this one is. Really nice audio/video quality on this Blu (as to be expected). Thanks very much! :)Published 20 months ago by C. Wray
My bloody valetine i bought the vhs 25 years ago.When i found out that they maked it on dvd.So i bought right away i was not disapointed. Read morePublished on May 11 2011 by kirk
for a slasher/horror movie,this one has very little graphic
gore,compared to many of the genre.this kinda surprised me while
watching it. Read more
this movie rocks because it was filmed down the street from my house in this small little mining town. Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2005 by Adam Harbin
This pretty much sucked. I liked the corpse in the laundry machine though. I thought the little love triangle they were trying to pull between Axel, TJ and Whatsherface was weak. Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2005 by Petunia
My Bloody Valentine is an interesting film.It's a horror flick and some of the acting is actually good.The characters aren't too memorable.The dialogue is fairly nice. Read morePublished on June 3 2004 by Mac
These horrific events began 20 years ago in the small mining town, Valentine's Bluff, when some miners got trapped in the mines and their rescue got delayed due to a Valentine's... Read morePublished on April 7 2004 by Swederunner