My Bloody Valentine

My Bloody Valentine

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Director: George Mihalka

Cast: George Mihalka, Paul Kelman, Lori Hallier, Neil Affleck

     
 

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It's Valentine's Day in the tiny mining town of Valentine's Bluff, Nova Scotia, and for the first time in two decades the residents are planning a holiday dance. The long hiatus is due to the tragic events of 20 years earlier, when a pair of mining supervisors were too busy enjoying themselves at the dance to prevent an accident from killing a large contingent of… See more details below

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It's Valentine's Day in the tiny mining town of Valentine's Bluff, Nova Scotia, and for the first time in two decades the residents are planning a holiday dance. The long hiatus is due to the tragic events of 20 years earlier, when a pair of mining supervisors were too busy enjoying themselves at the dance to prevent an accident from killing a large contingent of their workers. The lone survivor, Harry Warden, took his revenge the next year by removing the hearts of his bosses and promising similar carnage if ever another Valentine's dance were held. Unfortunately, the town's horny early-'80s youngsters aren't big on tradition, especially since Warden is locked up in an insane asylum. They go ahead with plans to celebrate the holiday -- even after a heart in a candy box shows up and beloved biddy Mabel (Patricia Hamilton) ends up enduring an involuntary tumble dry. Soon, bodies begin piling up, setting the stage for a climactic trawl through the mines and surprise revelations about the fate of Harry Warden. Shortly after the death of John Lennon, the MPAA made an example of this Canadian slasher film, forcing much of its gore to be excised. Nevertheless, My Bloody Valentine provided inspiration for Kevin Shields' influential band of the same name, which helped establish England's late-'80s shoegazer sound and paved the way for the post-rock of the 1990s.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
My Bloody Valentine stands out from the glut of holiday-themed 1980s slasher films by virtue of its mine-shaft locale and inventive murder scenes. Despite heavy MPAA cuts, slayings involving laundromats, nail guns, hot dogs, steam rooms, pickaxes, and, of course, valentines enliven a fairly standard-issue scenario. The cavernous mine sets provide a compellingly claustrophobic locale for the mayhem, while the cast of mostly Canadian unknowns goes dutifully through its paces, even pausing once in a while to emote. If anything, the script is a bit too heavy on the plot, the prodigious back story taking up too much time better spent racking up corpses. By the time the mine literally comes apart at the seams and the ranks of dim-witted miners and their girlfriends have been thinned, My Bloody Valentine may have outworn its welcome. But for genre aficionados, the film offers just the right mix of novelty and familiarity.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/24/2009
UPC:
0031398115120
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Time:
1:30:00

Special Features

"Bloodlust: My Bloody Valentine and the Rise of the Slasher Film"; ; "Bloodlines: An Interactive Horror Film History" ; Deleted Footage with Director, Cast and Special Effects Designer Introductions

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Kelman T.J.
Lori Hallier Sarah
Neil Affleck Axel
Keith Knight Hollis
Alf Humphreys Howard
Cynthia Dale Patty
Helene Udy Sylvia
Rob Stein John
Tom Kovacs Mike
Terry Waterland Harriet
Carl Marotte Dave
Jim Murchison Tommy
Gina Dick Gretchen
Peter Cowper Miner/Harry Warden
Don Francks Chief Newby
Patricia Hamilton Mabel
John MacDonald Rescuer
Larry Reynolds Mayor Hanniger
Jack Van Evera Happy

Technical Credits
George Mihalka Director
John Beaird Screenwriter
John Dunning Producer
Rodney Gibbons Cinematographer
Penny Hadfield Art Director
Susan Hall Costumes/Costume Designer
Bo Harwood Sound/Sound Designer
Jean Lafleur Editor
Andre Link Producer
Julian Marks Asst. Director
Dwayne McLean Stunts
Stephen A. Miller Producer
Lawrence Nesis Associate Producer
Ray Sager Asst. Director
Rit Wallis Editor
Paul Zaza Score Composer

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