My Bloody Valentine (1981)

GEORGE MIHALKA

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5

, 1981, , .   Story concept by , Screenplay by Cinematography by Produced by , , Stephen A. Miller.  Music by . Production Design by Costume Design by Film Editing by ,

Like so many horror movies made around the same time, this one shamelessly rips off Halloween, but despite this still manages to be entertaining. In the town of Valentine Bluffs (actually filmed in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia), the residents have for the most part forgotten the massacre that occurred many years earlier on February 14, so they’re not prepared for the fact that the killer has returned to do it again.  has come back to town after a long absence and finds, to his dismay, that his girlfriend () has taken up with a new boyfriend, which doesn’t make the two mens’ days working down a mineshaft that much easier to bear. They have their little personal dramas while the town gets ready for a big Valentine’s Day dance, all of which is overridden when the bodies start to pile up in increasingly gruesome ways (and, unlike movies that pretend to be gory but aren’t, this one’s tactics really are wonderfully gross). Moving along at a fine clip, the film has the right level of partially credible performances and ridiculous circumstances to complement its high body count, plus has a terrific climax in the mines after the kids have gone down there for kicks.  It’s not terrifying or brilliant, but it’s good unclean fun and well worth giving a glimpse.

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