‘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.
The movie stars Neil Affleck, Cynthia Dale, Don Francks, Lori Hallier and Patricia Hamilton.
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.
“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!
“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
” …a hugely enjoyable piece of hokum. Fairly well-acted, with likeable leads. It has a high sheen gloss, the above-average production values and crisp cinematography really help make it a class item – of course, this was the time that the studios were putting their money behind the lucrative ‘teens-in-peril’ sub-genre. It also benefits by slightly poking fun at itself, but without turning into a dreaded ‘horror-comedy’.” Hysteria Lives!
‘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
“The direction by George Mihalka is confident and first-rate. He mines (excuse the pun) the best from a solid, believable cast and the somewhat dreary yet charming smalltown location. A creepy score by the always reliable Paul Zaza, along with his effective folksy end tune The Ballad of Harry Warden, adds immeasurably to the mood of fear and desperation.” The Terror Trap
“My Bloody Valentine stood out amongst the early ‘80s slasher glut for its memorable title, the inherent fright factor of its villain, the original use of coal mines and underground tunnels for suspense sequences, and the genuinely grotesque sight of freshly torn-out human hearts delivered to unsuspecting recipients in candy boxes.” Mike “McBeardo” McFadden, Heavy Metal Movies
“Unquestionably better than its cynical and nonsensical remake, My Bloody Valentine is one of the top slasher films of its day (and, indeed, ever) and anybody intending to gather a decent cross-section of titles that illustrate how much fun the slasher flick is, should not discount it.” Vegan Voorhees
“Despite the fact that script is pretty by-the-book, there’s no real suspense and a pretty weak final fight (which I think is the fault of the sluggish choreography) this is still a watchable time with a flashback/backstory sequence that’s decent, some alright kills (though most are edited down to get the “R” rating, apparently there is an “uncut” version out there) and steady direction.” The Video Graveyard
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).
Classic slasher My Bloody Valentine was released by Scream Factory as a 2-Disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on February 11th 2020. The North American (Region A) release includes new transfers of both the theatrical and unrated cut of the film.
Newly commissioned artwork (above) by artist Joel Robinson adorns the cover while the original artwork is, of course, be on the reverse. Buy from Amazon.com
Disc One: Theatrical Version
New 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative
New An Anemic Valentine – An Interview With Director George Mihalka
New From The Heart – An Interview With Actor Paul Kelman
New Friends Of Mine – An Interview With Actress Lori Hallier
New Axel, Be My Valentine – An Interview With Actor Neil Affleck
New Becoming Sylvia – An Interview With Actress Helene Udy
New The Secret Keeper – An Interview With Actor Rob Stein
New Broken Hearts And Broken Bones – An Interview With Special Makeup Effects Designer Tom Burman
New Holes In The Heart – A Look At The Difference Between The Theatrical Version And The Uncut Version
Original Theatrical Trailer
Original TV Spots
Original Radio Spots
Disc Two: Uncut Version
New 4K Scan Of The Uncut Original Camera Negative
New Audio Commentary With Director George Mihalka
My Bloody Valentine 35th Anniversary Cast Reunion Panel At The Bay Of Blood Convention In Florida Featuring Director George Mihalka, Cast Members Lori Hallier, Helene Udy, Rob Stein, Peter Cowper, Thomas Kovacs, Jim Murchison, Alf Humphreys, And Hosted By Brian Singleton
Thomas Kovacs Performs “The Ballad Of Harry Warden” At The Bay Of Blood Convention With Peter Cowper And Jim Murchison
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
Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia, Canada
The original title was The Secret.