Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Horror Review: My Bloody Valentine (1981)


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.
Well seeing as it's Valentines day it only seemed fitting that I review this Holiday Horror classic. This Canadian film followed the trend of Holiday themed Horror films but this 80's slasher is still loved to this day.



If you're a slasher fan you know what you're in for and this film doesn't disappoint, it's got all the ingredients needed that made the 80's slasher flicks so much fun to watch. You've got your killer dressed up in miner gear, his screaming victims, a great back-story and a great set of imaginative kills.

As with a-lot of old independent films you can see that a-lot of work went into the film, cast & crew all pulled together to make the end result a great one, a very entertaining one.



The set pieces in this classic are incredible, it maybe a Horror but it's also a beautiful film to watch. In a time when new slasher films were being released every week this on e truly stands out as one of the best of its genre, especially it's brutal on screen deaths and amazing special effects.

Sure it has got it's flaws, but they're only very minor and don't ruin the film at all. It's as near perfect a slasher as you can get, definitely ahead of it's time. You notice it's subtle influences on the genre itself which may seem cliché today, but it wasn't back then


So this Valentines Day sit down with your loved ones and enjoy the bloody fun ;)

To see the trailer for "My Bloody Valentine" click here


Miscellaneous fact about the film:

The caption near the beginning states "Thursday February 12th", indicating that the dance will be on Saturday the 14th. That means Friday the 13th falls in between them. The Friday the 13th series was released by Paramount and the plot of My Bloody Valentine is similar to the Friday the 13th films.

George Mihalka approached Paramount in 2001 with a synopsis for a sequel, but due to poor box office records with the original film, they declined.

In an interview with TerrorTrap.com director George Mihalka said that the shooting location at Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia was chosen because of its rustic atmospheric appearance. However when the locals found out that a movie was to be shot there they decided to spend $50,000 to have the mine painted and cleaned! This, of course, diminished the reason that the production wanted the location to begin with. Mihalka said that $75,000 of the films budget was then used to return the mine to its original state for shooting.

The film was shot in authentic mines which were often as much as 900 feet underground. Only certain lighting devices could be used in the mines because of the potential danger of methane explosions.

In a recent interview, actor Neil Affleck revealed that he still has the miner's helmet that he wore in the film.

Producers André Link and John Dunning said the films origin came about when they sought to find a holiday which a slasher film had not been set on during the "slasher flick boom" of the early '80s. They settled on Valentine's Day and in order to keep the idea from being copied they made the films working title "The Secret", though they had the release title in mind the whole time.

According to makeup effects artist Thomas R. Burman one of his gory creations was realistic enough that director George Mihalka threw up at the sight of it.

One of the makeup designers once shipped a dummy corpse to the set in a coffin, which caused much alarm when it arrived at Canadian customs.

Actor Carl Marotte said while in his death scene makeup that no one would eat lunch near him.

Star Neil Affleck said that the identity of the films killer was kept a secret even from the cast because the filmmakers liked the idea of the mystery being real among the actors. Although Affleck figured out that he was the killer when after being cast, he was sent to the make up effects department to be fitted for a fake arm that would be ripped off of the killer in the film's finale.

The folk ballad that plays over the ending credits was added by composer Paul Zaza as an afterthought. The uncredited singer who does the vocal for the ballad was a Scottish-Canadian tenor named John McDermott.

Quentin Tarantino has named My Bloody Valentine as his all-time favorite slasher film.

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