My Bloody Valentine – Canada, 1981 – reviews

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‘Cross your heart… and hope to die!’

My Bloody Valentine is a 1981 Canadian slasher horror feature film directed by George Mihalka from a screenplay by John Beaird.

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The movie stars Neil Affleck, Cynthia Dale, Don Francks, Lori Hallier and Patricia Hamilton.

Plot:

A decades-old folk tale surrounding a deranged murderer killing those who celebrate Valentine’s Day turns out to be true to legend when a group defies the killer’s order and people start turning up dead.

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Reviews:

“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

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“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 […] 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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Censorship:

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).

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Cast and characters:

  • Paul Kelman as Jesse “T.J.” Hanniger
  • Lori Hallier as Sarah
  • Neil Affleck as Axel Palmer
  • Cynthia Dale as Patty
  • Don Francks as Chief Jake Newby
  • Keith Knight as Hollis
  • Alf Humphreys as Howard Landers
  • Patricia Hamilton as Mabel Osborne
  • Gina Dick as Gretchen
  • Terry Waterland as Harriet
  • Thomas Kovacs as Mike Stavinski
  • Larry Reynolds as Mayor Hanniger
  • Jim Murchison as Tommy
  • Helene Udy as Sylvia
  • Rob Stein as John
  • Carl Marotte as Dave
  • Jack Van Evera as Happy
  • Peter Cowper as Harry Warden/The Miner

Filming locations:

Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia, Canada

Trivia:

The original title was The Secret.

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2 Comments on “My Bloody Valentine – Canada, 1981 – reviews”

  1. Love this one, nice cold atmosphere and locations. Also kudos to being done before “the rules” of the slasher genre got set in stone (as one review put it, the fat guy is not only “not” an unlikeable dateless wonder, but a very nice, funny guy who has one of the best looking girls in town). It’s the working man’s slasher film, I feel. I’m also a lover of the goggles and gas mask look, so the killer is very memorable to me. .

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