My Bloody Valentine (1981)

  • Horror, Mystery, Thriller
  • 1h 27m

Alongside 1974’s Black Christmas and 1978’s Halloween, 1981’s My Bloody Valentine was part of a raft of holiday-themed horror films which arrived on screens through the ‘70s and ‘80s. While many of those titles are mostly forgotten, My Bloody Valentine endures as one of the best examples the Golden Age of slashers has to offer, and still possesses the power to thrill today.

Following a tragic accident, the small Canadian mining town of Valentine Bluffs is gearing up for its first Valentine’s Day dance in 20 years. Unfortunately for the assorted townsfolk, there is a murderous miner on the loose, who seems to harbour a deep hatred for all things Valentine’s Day.

_My Bloody Valentine_’s strength is in knowing exactly what audiences want to see from a slasher film; an economical runtime filled with outrageously entertaining kills, likable victims, lashings of gore (the Motion Picture Association of America famously cut a whole nine minutes upon its original release) and a memorable central villain with a great gimmick. The under-rated, surprisingly lush score from Paul Zaza and that smalltown Canadian setting give the film an atmosphere all of its own that is always a pleasure to revisit.

Director

George Mihalka

Language

English

Subtitles

English

Country

Canada

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