A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Some, including "f--k," "son-of-a-bitch," "dammit," "s--t," and "hell," "a--holes," and more
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Products & Purchases
Some brands (Camel ciagrettes, Moosehead beer) visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Beer and hard liquor are drunk; cigarettes are smoked. Chewing tobacco is enjoyed.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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