Starring: Neil Affleck, Cynthia Dale, Don Francks, Lori Hallier, Patricia Hamilton
Directed by: George Mihalka
Story: 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.
I'll admit, we've already reviewed this film before. What makes this different
from the other review is that it's the full version of the movie. Horror fans have
been waiting for an extended version of "My Bloody Valentine" forever. Now
with the release of the three dimensional remake, Lionsgate has partnered up
with Paramount to bring you "My Bloody Valentine" in its entirety. This is the
way we were meant to see the film. This original cut includes a few minutes of
never before seen material. As far as re-released DVDs go, a few minutes is
alot; especially when it comes to gore. After seeing both versions of the movie,
I can see a huge difference. After the success of films like "Halloween and
"Friday the 13th," movie studios back in the 80's decided to make more holiday
themed horror flicks. Thanks to those landmark films we were eventually
treated to cheesy stuff like "April Fools Day," "Happy Birthday to Me," "Silent
Night, Deadly Night" and more. No day was safe; not even valentines day!
In 1981 Paramount released "My Bloody Valentine," a slasher film like no other.
Well, maybe not so much. It's pretty basic as far as slashers go. What makes
this one stand out from the others is its colorful small town setting and
characters. We've already explained the plot in our previous review, so there's
really no need to repeat everything here. Check out the old review if you want
to learn more about the plot. Rather than focusing on the story, I'll just list my
reasons as to why I enjoyed the DVD. I'll also get into the gory details on what
to expect from this extended special edition. As I mentioned earlier, "My Bloody
Valentine" fits into the holiday slasher catalog and centers around a killer who
walks around in a miner's outfit; Killing his victims with a pick axe and stealing
their hearts. Men can be real lady killers. The video transfer in this DVD edition
isn't too far off from the bare bones Paramount DVD. What makes this DVD
worth buying is the fact that it's got extra footage. You'll get to see gore in
places that weren't there before.
Sadly, the new footage isn't remastered to its full potential. So you'll definitely
notice the new stuff right away. When you watch the theatrical cut you can tell
that they edited out some of the graphic content. Some of the kill scenes end
quickly and rarely show a thing. This extended version changes all of that. Now
it feels like Friday the 13th's evil step brother. The kills are graphic and more
twisted in this version. You'll being seeing even more red from here on out.
Does this make the viewing experience any better? In most cases like this I
would say no. Typically DVDs that say "unrated" or "extended" don't really offer
much new. Just because it's a longer cut doesn't mean that it's all gore. Which
is why I was ticked off with the unrated cut of Universal's "Dawn of the Dead"
remake. "Footage too scary for theatres" my fucking ass. The added scenes
were just a bunch of idiots talking. I guess that is pretty scary. The special
edition of MBV isn't a cheap marketing ploy. It delivered on its promise, and
fans of the movie will definitely be pleased. Needless to say I was pretty happy
with this re-release and didn't feel like I wasted my money. I got exactly what I
paid for: extra gore baby!
If you already have the old Paramount DVD, you better sell it. Or give it away to
a friend, because you really have to pick up this new edition. Not only do you
get extra gore, but there's also some features on the DVD. The documentaries
on here talk about the movie and its 3D remake. When you play the DVD,
you're given the option to watch the extended version or the theatrical cut.
You can also view deleted scenes with introductions from the director, cast and
special effects designer. "My Bloody Valentine" is one of those movies that
really stand out from the crowd. It's a cult favorite and it's even better in its full
form. This "who done it" slasher movie is enjoyable and fun to watch with a
group of friends. Before you check out the three dimensional remake, I suggest
you pick up this DVD and NOT go to that Valentine's day dance.
Genres: Drama, Horror,
Runtime: 91 minutes
Review done by: Nightmare Child
Online since: February 20th, 2006