‘Cross your heart… and hope to die!’
My Bloody Valentine is a 1981 Canadian slasher film released in the wake of the popularity of the slasher genre that peaked in the early 80s.
Reminiscent of popular slasher films such as Halloween (1978) and Friday the 13th (1980), the movie was filmed on location in Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia, Canada. Directed by George Mihalka, the film stars Neil Affleck, Cynthia Dale, Don Francks, Lori Hallier and Patricia Hamilton.
The film is infamous for having had nine minutes cut by the MPAA due to the sheer amount of violence and gore. Though co-producer Dunning confirmed that the excised footage still existed, attempts to release it proved difficult as Paramount Pictures refused to offer an uncut version. Lionsgate subsequently secured DVD rights to the film and released the uncut version on January 13, 2009 (Lionsgate released the remake into theatres soon after).
‘ …a claustrophobic gorefest that, despite being heavily censored by the MPAA, still became a huge hit with the splatter fans. Boasting the key elements that would make an effective slasher – a masked killer, horny victims and an isolated environment – My Bloody Valentine would fail to spawn a succession of sequels like many of its contemporaries but still struck a chord with audiences.” Retro Slashers
“My Bloody Valentine stands up with Black Christmas as the best Canada has to offer in the oft-slighted slasher horror sub-genre. The unstoppable evil miner is very effective, his identity hidden by a gas mask and a construction helmet with headlight. I even found myself wondering why more low budget films like this didn’t use mines as a setting — much more atmospheric than the ubiquitous abandoned warehouse. It also doesn’t hurt that the films is competently made, well shot, and expertly paced.” Canuxsploitation!
‘The film also manages a good few popcorn-jolts, as well as being genuinely frightening in places, no more so than when the killer walks slowly in pursuit, smashing each light bulb, plunging more of the mine into total blackness … Overall one of the best slasher movies from the early 1980s.’ J.A. Kerswell, Teenage Wasteland: The Slasher Movie Uncut
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