After the Americans artfully slashed their way through Black Christmas (1974), Halloween (1978) and Friday the 13th (1980), it was time for the Canadians to answer the call and cash in on the slasher craze. The result is My Bloody Valentine [MBV] which is beloved by many and even labeled as a “cult classic” by some. I don’t fall into either of these categories. Like Little Nell in Rocky Horror Picture Show, I found myself saying “He’s OK” at the end of the film. Nothing more, nothing less.
MBV has a few things going for it: 1) The scenes in the mine are creepy and atmospheric, 2) The look of the killer is original and interesting, and 3) the premise of the story is solid. What it lacks are 1) characters we care about, 2) actors who can convey genuine terror instead of just screaming hysterically and, 3) a “twist” ending that’s actually a twist.
I know there will be many in cyberspace who will disagree with me with regard to MBV, but I’ve seen more than my fair share of slasher flicks and I found it to be fairly uninteresting, standard fare. Yes, there are a few good kills that made me wince a bit but the rest of the movie is a yawner. The young miners and their girlfriends who inhabit the opening scenes of the film are just not that interesting. I really could not have cared less who survived and who got impaled by the pick axe! There is no character, like Laurie Strode from Halloween, who drew me in and stole my heart with her vulnerability and perseverance against a terrorizing psychopath. Every character in MBV felt formulaic and poorly acted.
Yeah, I know, some of you out there LOVE this film! What can I say? I’m just not one of them. I never saw the 2009 remake because I didn’t care for the original. If you’re a fan, tell me why you like it. I’m still open to hearing what you have to say.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.