With a movie like My Bloody Valentine, you don't go into watching it with high hopes and I didn't. The only reason that I actually own this movie...yes I own it, is because I bought it for my fiance who loved it and also loves Jensen Ackles. What ends up happening though is that I actually end up enjoying the movie. Sure, it's not the best horror flick you're ever going to see, and it's not even that scary, but what you're left with is a pretty decent slasher film that leaves you not wanting your money back at the end of the film...or in this case, those two hours of my life back. My Bloody Valentinesucceeds with B-movie quality acting, which you expect from a horror movie as well as some pretty gory kills which is always the make or break for a slasher film.
The film opens with a brutal set of murders by Harry Warden, a survivor of a mine cave-in caused due to the neglect of young Tom Hanniger which left Warden in a coma for a year. Now, ten years later Tom, who survived the cave-in and Warden's massacre,returns home to Harmony on Valentine's Day, but he isn't welcomed home with open arms as his main reason for coming back is to sell the mines. Now on the ten year anniversary of the Valentine's Day massacre, the killings have started up again and many believe that Harry Warden has come back to kill anyone who was left alive in that mine ten years ago. However the towns Sheriff, Axel (Kerr Smith) who is now married to Tom's sweetheart from ten years ago, Sarah (Jaime King), thinks that Tom might be the one behind the killings. Now Tom, Sarah and Axel must race against time to find out who the Valentine's Day killer really is, before there is no one left to figure it out...
The first thing that I'll say about My Bloody Valentineis don't watch it with the 3D glasses it comes with. Unlike in the theater, these are the red and green glasses and it just makes the movie look really bad. We couldn't get through the first ten minutes so we decided to change it to 2D instead. After that, it was a much more pleasant viewing experience for everyone. The only downside to this is that you know at certain points during the movie that pick axes and body parts are supposed to come flying at you. At some point I'm going to have to go back and watch it in 3D just to see all of that the way it was meant to be seen. It really is one of the let downs of the set though because that is one of the main reasons you buy a set like this, so you can watch it in 3D. The upside is that I wasn't all that let down by the movie.
Usually I take a paragraph to talk about the acting in a movie, but horror movies are never really about the acting. They're about the things that make you scream or jump out of your seat and go "eewwww" and that's what My Bloody Valentinedelivers. In a lot of horror movies these days, the movies aren't made to scare you anymore and I've touched on this a couple of times, they make them to see how much gore they can throw into one movie like the Sawfilms. They're useless and no fun, but films like My Bloody Valentineand the new Friday the 13threally cash in on the cheap pops that make you quiver under your blanket. These are things like the murderer showing up behind you all of a sudden or the lights going out. All of these little things that make a horror movie a horror movie. And while My Bloody Valentine doesn't have as much of this as it could have, it is made up for by some pretty gruesomely awesome kills. For example, the old sheriff gets his jaw ripped out by the killers pick axe. It's gross yet awesome all at the same time and it's ridiculous details like these that made the movie fun to watch. I think what made me really enjoy this film was the idea of having a horror movie take place in a mine. There is something already pretty terrifying about mines and then basing the movie in one with a killer in a mining suit is a pretty creative play on something that already gives off fear.
What do you get when you take a horror/slasher movie and put it on a Blu-ray disc? Hi-Def blood and guts! Watching My Bloody Valentineon Blu-ray was a lot of fun not just for the visuals, but for its amazing sound. A lot of what horror movie rely on is its sound and score. A correctly timed drum here to startle you or a "ch-ch-ch, ha-ha-ha" there to make you cuddle with the person sitting next to you really is a huge part of the horror movie experience and with the H-Def sound that Blu-ray blows out, this makes horror movies that much more fun to watch. Obviously the movie looked good too, but I've just come to expect that from Blu-ray. There is this scene at the beginning where there are dead bodies everywhere and since it's in Hi-Def, you can see a lot of detail. Again, my only issue was that they didn't find a way to make the 3D aspect of the film work like it did in theaters.
My Bloody Valentineisn't the best horror movie you will ever see, but it sure is fun and it will scare you a little bit as well. You'll even laugh a little, I promise. This is a good one for a Friday or Saturday night. If you have no connection to the original film or to Jensen Ackles from Supernatural than this one is most likely a rental. I still wish they could have figured out the 3D, but I'm not going to lose any sleep over it. Speaking of sleep, don't expect any nightmares from this one as this is not that kind of horror movies, but I would still watch something happy afterwards just in case. 3/5!
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My Bloody Valentineis a remake of a 1981 film directed by George Mihalka. The remake is directed by Patrick Lussier and stars Jensen Ackles. My Bloody Valentine is also a 3D film, but was also shown in 2D in theaters that didn't support 3D. It was released on January 16th 2009 and the DVD and Blu-ray were released on May 19th 2009.