A good slasher film should be like a roller coaster ride: It has thrills, chills, makes you feel a little sick, and leaves you with a giddy exhilaration that's half adrenaline rush, half eagerness to do it all over again. I think My Bloody Valentine 3D had all of these traits, and was genuinely entertaining.
I'll admit, I didn't expect much going into the movie theater. I'm a big fan of Jensen Ackles, from both Dark Angel and Supernatural, and I love a good (or bad) slasher film, so going was a no-brainer for me, but I was really pleasantly surprised with the quality and entertainment value of this movie.
Jensen stars as Tom, the heir to a mining company who returns to his hometown ten years after a series of brutal slaughters that he barely escaped from. The killer, Harry Warden, had been in a mining accident that only he and Tom survived, and when he woke up from a coma on Valentine''s Day he went on a rampage and murdered 22 people with a pickaxe. 10 years later, Tom's back in town to sell the mine, when the murders suddenly start up again, starting with the survivors of a party in the mine that was "broken up" by Harry's slaughter 10 years before. Is it Harry Warden come back from the dead, or someone equally terrifying?
The movie uses the 3D to its fullest advantage, with lots of flying gore and pickaxes thrown at the audience, which produces some shriek-worthy moments. The killings are entertaining and creative without being too gimmicky, and the unknown killer is creepy as hell in the miner's suit and mask, tromping out of the shadows to brain his next victim with his pickaxe. Plus, there are some great little chuckle-moments thrown in for good measure.
.The acting is decent for a slasher film- not oscar-worthy by any means, but not so bad that it's distracting. Plus, Jensen is great eye-candy for the girls (don't worry boys, there's a good solid 5 minutes of full-frontal female nudity at the beginning of the movie just for you!). Kerr Smith is great as the slightly-smarmy sheriff Alxel Palmer,who's married to Tom's ex-girlfriend Sarah, played by Jamie King.
The one drawback I found was that on the BluRay, the 3-D is in Red/Green (the cinema 3-D uses polarizes lenses), which really desaturates the color, and causes the blood and gore to lose the 'pop' it has on-screen. We ended up turning off the 3-D when I re-watched it on BluRay because it got to be too distracting. I did appreciate, however, that the disc includes 4 sets of 3-D glasses so you can watch with friends. Hopefully, since 3-D seems to be on the rise in theaters, they'll figure out a way to transfer full-color 3-D onlto the small screen for future releases.
Overall, I thought this movie was really entertaining, and didn't disappoint, even after all the promo hype about the 3-D. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good slasher film.
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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 … more
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.