My Bloody Valentine

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"There's more than one way to lose your heart..."
  • R
  • 1981
  • 1 hr 30 min
  • 6.2  (24,584)
  • 46

My Bloody Valentine is a horror movie from the 80s directed by George Mihalka. The movie follows a group of miners in the small town of Valentine Bluffs, who seven years prior witnessed the tragic and gruesome death of their fellow miners due to a cave-in accident. The town canceled their Valentine's Day dance as a sign of respect, but now seven years later, the town has decided to reinstate the romantic celebration, much to the dismay of the lone survivor of the mining accident, Harry Warden.

Harry Warden, who was placed in a coma, wakes up from his deep slumber on the day of Valentine's Day, filled with the desire to seek revenge on the individuals that he deems responsible for the mine collapse. Clad in a full outfit with a gas mask, pickaxe, and a miner's suit, he embarks on a killing spree, leaving behind a trail of bodies with their hearts cut out and placed in Valentine's Day candy boxes. The police force is left to deal with the murders, trying to keep the townspeople safe as they search for Harry Warden.

The main protagonist of the movie is TJ, portrayed by Paul Kelman, a young miner who has returned to his hometown after working outside the state. The ensuing atmosphere of dread and fear puts everyone on their toes, including TJ's ex-girlfriend Sarah (Lori Hallier) and his best friend Axel (Neil Affleck). In addition to the killings, the townspeople also suspect that TJ may be related to Harry Warden, and while he vehemently denies it, they continue to cast suspicion on him.

The mining equipment serves as an appropriate prop for the eerie feeling of the film, as well as the source of the mystery as the villagers become frantic. The movie utilizes suspenseful music and foreboding lighting to keep the viewers intrigued as the killer rises from his slumber to start his gruesome murders. The scenes of Harry Warden moving stealthy through the mines or when he is revealed to the audience delivers fear and paranoia while keeping the viewer on edge.

The storyline is presented with an adept balance of suspense and horror, building up the tension to the climactic end. The minor characters are adequately represented as secondary characters, bringing depth to the narrative in terms of TJ's heartache, a theme of unrequited love between TJ and Sarah, and the social class divide between the blue-collar miners and the white-collar business owners.

The special effects and make-up artists did an excellent job creating a believable and gruesome atmosphere. The murders are gruesome, bloody and realistically depicted, causing the audience to squirm and wince in their seats. One of the most spine-tingling scenes of the movie is when Harry Warden sneaks up on his victim with his pickaxe, ready to swing. The scene ensures the audience's anxiety for the victim's safety, questioning if they will make it out in time.

The final twist in the climax unravels as the truth behind the killer and the explanation for the murders defy all expectations. The resolution leaves an indelible mark on the audience, revealing the intensity of the psychological thriller that My Bloody Valentine delivers.

In summary, My Bloody Valentine is a masterpiece in horror cinema that blends suspense, suspenseful music, and special effects together to create a chilling and terrifying masterpiece for the ages. The power of the realistic and gruesome scenes captures the authentic terror that one can only experience in a horror movie. The twist at the end of the movie, combines with the psychologically thrilling narrative, culminates in a cathartic experience that will stay with the viewers long after the movie is over.

My Bloody Valentine is a 1981 horror movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 30 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.2 and a MetaScore of 46.

My Bloody Valentine
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    6.2  (24,584)
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