My Bloody Valentine (1981) Review
Written by: K4rnivor107
My Bloody Valentine was made during the Golden Age of slasher films, and that is exactly what the film is. Golden. Despite a low budget, the film succeeds in almost every category. After the success of Halloween, horror films quickly tried to emulate it by selecting other holidays. Obviously, My Bloody Valentine is centered on Valentine’s Day. Usually a day that fills the heart with love, the cast and crew was able to change that into a night of terror.
The film starts off in the town of Valentine’s Bluff. Because of the carelessness of the supervisors due to their urgency to get to the Valentine’s Day dance, there was a gas explosion in the mine. The miners remained trapped below, and after six weeks of rescue attempts they find a sole survivor. Harry Warden. He survived by eating the flesh of his dead coworkers, and went mad in the process. He was placed in an institution although he escaped only after a year in captivity. Once free he kills the supervisors who were at fault for the explosion. He cut out there hearts and placed them in a heart shaped box that is made for chocolate. And with it came a warning, saying if the town ever held a Valentine’s Day celebration ever again similar consequences would occur. Years later a group of young miners ignore the warnings, and decide to hold a party at the mine. My Bloody Valentine contained a cast of generally unknown actors and actresses.
Despite this an excellent performance was given by all. The film is never slow. Unlike other films there is a constant flow of kills throughout, not just at the climax. The kills were all interesting and unique, however, there was little to no gore.
The villain was well done. The mining outfit is badass and creepy, and it is accompanied by a pickaxe. One of my favorite things about him was the fact that you can hear is breathing (Similar to Michael Myers in Halloween). The scene with him walking towards the kids smashing the light bulbs, is one of my new favorite scenes. The only thing that I didn’t like about this film was the music. It wasn’t bad; I just think it could have been better. Maybe a little faster paced or something. Overall, this is a great slasher film that is fun to watch. I highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the genre.