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My Bloody Valentine (1981)

By James Rocchi, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Old-school slasher film is too gory for kids.

Movie R 1981 91 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 14+

Old school slasher isn’t for kids

this iconic slasher film -- recently remade as My Bloody Valentine 3-D -- is full of gory deaths, especially in this DVD's "Unrated" version; the stalking miner-suit wearing killer is also quite frightening. The film also has the requisite '80s slasher-film link between sex and death, where teens at play are targets for a killer's wrath while doing the figurative deed.
age 14+

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This is worth viewing as a historical curiosity -- and the film's mining-town setting is used to make for a unique, chilling variation on the classic slasher flick as well.

At the same time, a unique slasher flick is still, at heart, a slasher flick; My Bloody Valentine's screaming victims and bloody murders are fairly pedestrian stuff, albeit well-made, with a little more emphasis on personal relationships and character than you might expect. My Bloody Valentine will have some historical interest for fans of slasher films, especially with this DVD's extras and presentation of the unrated cut, but it's still, at the end of the day, an '80s horror quickie.

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