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My Bloody Valentine (1981)

Old-school slasher film is too gory for kids.
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 1981
  • Running Time: 91 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Discussion of the dirty, dangerous work of mining; the film revolves in part around a love triangle, with heartfelt discussions of love lost and regret between the murders.

Violence

Pickaxe murder; murder by power tool; deadly cave-ins; disembodied organs are seen; drinking games are played with knives; a shriveled and burned body tumbles out of a clothes dryer; murder by boiling water; by impalement with shower unit; hanging; mutilation, where a trapped man rips/bites/cuts off his own arm; cannibalism; more murders, all quite graphic. Fights between angry friends.

Sex

Some female undressing as a woman meets a man for an assignation and is killed (the mingling of sexuality and violence in the entire film is quite strong); some male bare-chested showering. Kissing by blanked-covered persons; a condom is shown.

Language

Some, including "f--k," "son-of-a-bitch," "dammit," "s--t," and "hell," "a--holes," and more

Consumerism

Some brands (Camel ciagrettes, Moosehead beer) visible.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Beer and hard liquor are drunk; cigarettes are smoked. Chewing tobacco is enjoyed.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that 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.

What's the story?

In the small mining town of Valentine's Bluffs, there's a 20-year-old secret of mystery and murder. While the mine's managers were at a Valentine's Day dance, a cave-in trapped and killed a number of workers; the one survivor who escaped, Harry Warden, avenged himself on the managers and supervisors through bloody murder, sending their torn-out hearts inside candy packages as a dire warning. Harry was sent to the asylum, but 20 years later, as the town prepares for Valentine's Day festivities, a new killer stalks the town; is Harry back, or has a new killer taken up his murderous crusade?

Is it any good?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of the slasher film -- what makes these movies so well-loved, and such often-remade movies by modern Hollywood? Families can also talk about the Freudian link between sex and death in these films; why do these movies seem compelled to show teens being murdered during sex? Is it a cautionary warning, or grim exploitation?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 11, 1981
DVD/Streaming release date:January 10, 2008
Cast:Lori Hallier, Neil Affleck, Paul Kelman
Director:George Mihalka
Studio:Lionsgate
Genre:Horror
Run time:91 minutes
MPAA rating:R

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Kid, 11 years old February 1, 2014

BAD MOVIE

THIS IS IS JUST BAD!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written bycerealkiller189 January 31, 2012

Awesome.Bloody cool.

I have the Blu-ray version of this on DVD however it still looks a bit outdated and cheesy as you would expect from a 1980s slasher old school horror flick however it's still bloody cool.Be on the lookout for the 2010 3D version though.It's great.By the way I've got the unrated edition too.
Parent Written byPlague March 5, 2010

My Bloody Valentine (1981)

Horror at its upmost best. Dont let the year of the movie deceive you, this movie is not for the faint of heart.