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My Bloody Valentine (1981)

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A decades-old folk tale surrounding a deranged murderer killing those who celebrate Valentine's Day turns out to be true to legend when a group defies the killer's order and people start turning up dead.

Director:

George Mihalka

Writers:

Stephen A. Miller (story concept) (as Stephen Miller), John Beaird

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Kelman Paul Kelman ... T.J.
Lori Hallier ... Sarah
Neil Affleck ... Axel
Keith Knight ... Hollis
Alf Humphreys ... Howard
Cynthia Dale ... Patty
Helene Udy ... Sylvia
Rob Stein Rob Stein ... John
Thomas Kovacs ... Mike (as Tom Kovacs)
Terry Waterland Terry Waterland ... Harriet
Carl Marotte ... Dave
Jim Murchison Jim Murchison ... Tommy
Gina Dick Gina Dick ... Gretchen
Peter Cowper ... The Miner & Harry Warden
Don Francks ... Chief Newby
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Storyline

Valentine's Day is coming around and the young people of the small mining town of Valentine's BLuffs are organising a party. A few decades earlier an explosion at the mine trapped six miners underground. One, Harry Warden, survived, though in a deranged state. Warden is sent to a mental hospital but escapes and murders those he deems responsible for the mine accident. Now people are being brutally murdered again, and the townsfolk suspect that it is the work of Harry Warden. Written by grantss

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Taglines:

Valentine's Day will never be the same again... See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My Bloody Valentine See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD2,300,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,672,031

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,672,031
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The soundtrack to My Bloody Valentine (1981) was mostly by Paul Zaza and Canadian country singer Marie Bottrell. Although Paul Zaza has claimed to have all of the original soundtrack with him, including the folk rock songs and Ballad of Harry Warden by John McDermott, he has never released it for sale despite a number of fans of the film requesting that he do so. In several interviews he has stated that even though he has copies of the soundtrack, there isn't a large enough number of interested buyers to make it worth putting out on vinyl, CD or MP3's. Marie Bottrell released her recorded songs from the film for sale on an album called "The Star". The Ballad of Harry Warden is available on a number of video sites, copied from the ending credits of the film's DVD release. See more »

Goofs

When the film cuts to an outside shot of Mable's Laundromat, the graphic reads "Saturday, February 14th". The film is set in 1980, in which February 14th was actually a Thursday. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line in the film]
Howard Landers: Harry Warden did it!
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning of the rolling credits, you will hear the evil-doer miner (Harry Warden) laugh. See more »

Alternate Versions

The following scenes were trimmed or re-edited to avoid an "X" rating from the MPAA:
  • Gore was cut from the pre-credits sequence where the woman is pushed backwards onto a pickax.
  • Mabel's mutilated body was originally on screen for much longer.
  • In the flashback, Harry Warden is shown cannibalizing a severed arm, in the edited theatrical release, he is simply shown picking the arm up.
  • The scene where the bartender is playing peek-a-boo with the Harry Warden dummy was edited so that no blood is shown. He was pickaxed up his chin and out his left eye, then dragged along the ground with his eyeball hanging out.
  • The face-boiling of Dave was shortened so you don't see the after-effects while he is dying.
  • Graphic head-on shots of Sylvia's shower impalement were deleted.
  • A stock footage close-up of the miner's light being shown at the camera replaces the bulk of a shot of Hollis' bleeding face after he has been nail-gunned. In the widely-seen release, the scene picks up after Hollis has mostly turned away.
  • Howard's hanging is shortened. In the original print, he was decapitated. The decapitation was cut out, so it looks like his body just falls, stops short when the end of the wire is reached, sprays blood all over Patty and Sarah, and then resumes falling. Not only do the cuts imposed render the scene senseless, but they also make it so there's no payoff to Hollis' earlier comment that Howard would lose his head if it weren't attached.
  • The girl killed by the pick ax near the end was edited of all blood.
  • The flashback of Axel's father being murdered originally showed the miner ripping out his father's heart. In the "R" rated version, all we see is a brief, non-bloody shot of the pick ax going in.
  • Axel's left arm gets trapped under rocks in the cave-in at the end. He rips it off to get away, leaving his limb behind to horrify everybody else. But since the key footage of the arm removal all had to be removed itself, it is hard to see exactly what happened.
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Music's All I Need
Performed by Lee Bach
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User Reviews

 
Good early 80's slasher film
31 August 2006 | by ODDBearSee all my reviews

On Valentine's day many years ago, a miner went berserk and killed a lot of residents in a small town. Since then Valentine's Day has been ignored and not celebrated at all. Until now.

A bunch of kids eager to go partying decide to throw a Valentine's Day party and wipe out the town's tradition. One setback; a crazy dude in a miner suit starts killing people. Is it the same deranged miner from years ago or someone else?

Slasher films had their glory days in the early 80's, people simply couldn't get enough of them. By the time of this film's release, certain holidays or dates had been immortalized through horror films (Christmas in Black Christmas, Halloween, Friday the 13th to name the obvious), so why not make Valentine's Day another blood soaked day for horror fans? The film is largely successful too.

Early 80's slashers seem to creep up above later slasher entries, simply because of the era they were filmed in. The atmosphere captured in these films doesn't seem attainable in 90's slashers or thereafter. Don't really know why. Probably a bit more enthusiasm in creating these cheap flicks before they became so mainstream and age-group targeted.

Director Mihalka creates a decent amount of suspense, especially once the film enters the mine, where it becomes downright creepy as hell. Death scenes are pretty imaginative and there's also a surprise twist in the end. Unfortunately the film had the grave misfortune of being distributed by Paramount, the evil enemy to all slasher fans, and suffers badly from blatant cuts which were administered to secure an R-rating.

Despite that, My Bloody Valentine is very entertaining to fans of slasher films; the film has a creepy mood all the way, decent actors and some top notch set pieces that are sure to give you a jolt on occasion.


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