In my quest to absorb every slasher movie in the realm of cinema, I finally had the opportunity to watch “Valentine” last night. Which was of course was Valentine’s Day Eve. Made in 2001, the only thing I knew about it was David Boreanaz starred in it and that the movie was panned. Nevertheless, I allowed myself to be accosted by cupid and watched this by the numbers horror flick.
The movie opens in 1988 at a middle school dance (man do I remember those) and we find little Jeremy Melton asking a variety of girls if they would dance with him. It should be noted that Jeremy is a bit of a nerd. Therefore it isn’t too surprising that all of the girls shoot him down in a manner that is very cruel. So Jeremy ends up being humiliated in front of his peers.
Fast forward 13 years later and all the girls, rather women, who tortured Jeremy all those years ago, are being stalked. They aren’t sure who is stalking them, but whoever he/she is their goal is kill each one of these girls. Donned in black and wearing a cupid mask, this homicidal maniac is the perfect symbol of anti-love. Is the killer Jeremy or is there someone else shooting deadly bow and arrows? As with many slasher movies, the plot is rather simple, but that is okay.
I am not sure why this movie was received so negatively. I found the kills to be rather creative and some of the scenes were creepy. The movie truly followed the “slasher” formula with the usually gallery of characters and personalities. The movie was both predictable and surprising. The acting was average for this type of movie. Notwithstanding, I have yet to watch a slasher movie that is renowned for the performance of its actors and actresses.
David Boreanaz know for playing on the TV shows “Angel”, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Bones” did a good job. I mean nothing to get excited about but good nevertheless. Denise Richards did a wonderful job being the sultry, stuck up, and been around the block vixen. Marley Shelton and Jessica Capshaw also did a decent job in their performance. It was also interesting to see a much younger Katherine Heigl in this movie, way before “Grey’s Anatomy” and her mainstream success. Heigl had more curves in this movie than she does today; I found this very refreshing as well as her performance. However if she ever wins an Academy Award I doubt this movie will be a career highlight.
I found this movie to be really enjoyable, maybe it has aged well or I have watched so many damn slasher movies that I just put my brain on cruise control. The soundtrack is also pretty suitable for this film. I have seen worse (horror) films than this one and am glad that there is a horror movie that I can now watch every Valentine’s Day.
Pros: Better Than expected Cons: Bororows from previous films. The Bottom Line: Not original, but was interesting in parts and did entertain. Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie's plot. The first slasher film of the year has arrived and while it might be easy to dismiss "Valentine" as just another "Scream" rip off, that would be doing the film an injustice. This is not to say that the … more
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A group of four precocious college girls makes fun of one of their nerdy classmates--a young man who harbors a serious grudge about it for years afterward. Finally, having grown into a handsome, self-assured man, he goes back to get his revenge: Each year on Valentine's Day he takes one of them on a murderous date. From the director of URBAN LEGEND, VALENTINE is a terrifying horror story starring David Boreanaz (ANGEL) and Denise Richards (WILD THINGS).