Five comely and well-to-do female friends receive dire threats inside anonymous valentines. When two of them meet violent ends, the remaining trio suspect that the killer may be a nebbishy former classmate whom they spurned years before at a school dance. Their solution: Throw a lavish Valentine's Day party, all the better to distract them from the hulking, cherub-masked killer...
As the above suggests, Valentine is the absolute nadir of the post-Scream slasher film. Australian director Jamie Blanks (whose previous effort was the equally dismal Urban Legend, 1998) obviously had lofty goals for his film, given his bald-faced homages to John Carpenter and Dario Argento. But he hasn't a clue as to how to generate suspense, and his frequent reliance on well-worn shock effects (hands dropping on shoulders, etc.) suggests more contempt for the genre than affection. No less than four writers (including two writer-producers for Roswell, which explains the appearance of series star Katherine Heigl) contributed to the screenplay, which fails to generate the twentysomething drama and hip, cutting dialogue required for this brand of horror. As the five friends, actresses Marley Shelton, Denise Richards, Jessica Capshaw, Jessica Caufield, and Heigl have little to do other than alternately look attractive or afraid; Richards, in particular, looks weary of playing the man-eater. As Shelton's dipsomaniac boyfriend, David Boreanaz (Angel) lumbers through each scene with an embarrassed scowl.
Warner Bros.' DVD includes commentary by Blanks, as well as cast and crew interviews and a video for Orgy's contribution to the noisy, new-metal soundtrack. --Paul Gaita
This movie was a pretty good movie, it was not one of my favourites but I did like it .Published on April 3 2013 by Jennifer Scott
I had read this book before I saw the movie. I was so impressed with the book I bought the movie but was sadly disappointed. Read morePublished on Oct. 19 2011 by Rose
as far as horror movies go,this one isn't bad at all.in fact,it's
pretty decent.i think one of the reasons is that it also liter in tone
than most of the genre. Read more
This movie totally rocks! its not as scary as others and it isnt really gory, but I love the plot! A loser named Jeremy Melton(Joel Palmer) gets turned down by every girl he asks... Read morePublished on May 10 2005 by Chelcie
I was so disappointed with this film. I had hoped this movie would show off David Boreanaz's talent. Who knows. Read morePublished on May 17 2004
Just a quick addendum to my review below. I just read Mr. Yoon Min Cho's review entitled "Garbage" (12/21/03). Whoahhhh! I do believe he protests too much! Read morePublished on March 19 2004 by Aaron
This movie reminds me of the scream trilogy. Some outkast from someones past wanting revenge for this time something about what looks like a broken heart? Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2004 by david dewitt
Let me start out by saying that this movie will make the easily scared piss their pants! The origionality of this film is so hard to come by these days. Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2004 by Kathy
JUST WHAT THE WORLD NEEDED, ANOTHER SCREAM-TYPE HORROR MOVIE. A MISTREATED BOY GROWS UP TO BE A SERIAL KILLER. JUST YOUR AVERAGE TEENAGE HORROR FLICK. Read morePublished on Dec 16 2003 by MICHAEL TAYLOR