Movie Review: My Blood Valentine Rips Out the Heart

My Bloody ValentineThis February, audiences will be greeted to an all-new 3D adventure in the form of My Bloody Valentine 3D, a remake of the 1981 horror film My Bloody Valentine, which is about a crazy miner who goes around murdering people.

In anticipation of the new 3D film, it’s no surprise that Paramount and Lionsgate have released a new Special Edition version of the original “classic.” Having never seen the film before, I didn’t know what to expect. After all, it looks and sounds like a rather cheesy and unoriginal slasher flick… and, guess what? It is!

Thankfully, My Bloody Valentine is also entertaining. There isn’t a clever moment in the entire picture, save for the ending; people get picked off one by one, the local sheriff runs around like an idiot and a bunch of young people sneak off to screw around only to get impaled in one way or another (or get their faces boiled out or their hearts ripped out). The movie isn’t suspenseful or scary, as it’s quite clear who will live and who will die. The direction bears the traits of typical B-grade 80’s horror films; not very crisp, not very gritty and not very deep.

Still, if you don’t expect much, you may be pleasantly surprised. There isn’t any nudity, which was a bit of a shocker, but there is a fair amount of gore – and the gore is pretty decent. Furthermore, I really liked one of the final scenes of the movie, where the killer lurks off into the depths of the mines, cackling away. It’s a creepy moment that resonated well.

Compared to the classic slasher films we all know and love, My Bloody Valentine doesn’t stand out in any way or form, but it’s fast-paced, entertaining and relatively gory.

The DVD allows you to watch either the regular theatrical version or the extended version. However, please take note: the DVD did not, for some reason, work in my Denon DVD player; I had to watch this on my computer.

By Erik Samdahl
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