My Bloody Valentine (1981)

My Bloody Valentine (1981)

Taglines: Cross your heart…and hope to die.

Valentine’s Day is coming around and the young people of the small mining town of Valentine’s BLuffs are organising a party. A few decades earlier an explosion at the mine trapped six miners underground. One, Harry Warden, survived, though in a deranged state. Warden is sent to a mental hospital but escapes and murders those he deems responsible for the mine accident. Now people are being brutally murdered again, and the townsfolk suspect that it is the work of Harry Warden.

My Bloody Valentine is a 1981 Canadian slasher film directed by George Mihalka and written by John Beaird. The film tells the story of a group of teenagers who decide to throw a Valentine’s Day party only to incur the vengeful wrath of a maniac in mining gear who begins a murder spree, and stars Paul Kelman, Lori Hallier and Neil Affleck.

My Bloody Valentine (1981)

Released during the height of the popularity of the slasher genre of the late 1970s and early 1980s, it is considered an example of the horror slashers reminiscent of popular slasher films such as Halloween (1978) and Friday the 13th (1980), the movie was filmed on location in Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia, Canada.

My Bloody Valentine is infamous for having had 9 minutes cut by the MPAA due to the 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 (as well as several other Paramount features) and on January 13, 2009 released a version of the film with three minutes of the uncut footage restored (Lionsgate soon after released the remake into theaters).

My Bloody Valentine Movie Poster (1981)

My Bloody Valentine (1981)

Directed by: George Mihalka
Starring: Paul Kelman, Lori Hallier, Neil Affleck, Keith Knight, Alf Humphreys, Cynthia Dale, Helene Udy, Thomas Kovacs
Screenplay by: Stephen A. Miller, John Beaird
Cinematography by: Rodney Gibbons
Film Editing by: Gérald Vansier, Rit Wallis
Costume Design by: Susan Hall
Art Direction by: Veronica Hadfield
Music by: Paul Zaza
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: February 11, 1981