My Bloody Valentine 3-D

Movie review by
Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
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Ultra-gory slasher remake isn't for kids.
  • R
  • 2009
  • 101 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 17 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 37 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Repeated themes of infidelity in relationships and cops behaving badly (vigilante justice or worse).

Positive Role Models & Representations

Nobody worth emulating here -- the characters are pretty much uniformly unsavory and unsympathetic.


Bloody dismembered bodies, characters speared with pickaxes through the skull and torso. One such impaling makes a bloody eyeball pop out of the face. Another rips off a man's jaw and throws it across the film frame. A girl's head is split in two by a shovel. Characters are shot at close range. Visuals of ripped-out human hearts, as well as the gaping chest cavities.


Characters make a "sex tape" together in a softcore scene that features both male (from the rear) and female (from about every angle there is) nudity. An extended chase scene shows the same actress fully naked. Dialogue includes references to "hand jobs," marital infidelity, and out-of-wedlock pregnancy.


Frequent strong language, including numerous uses of "f--k" and "s--t," as well as "c--k," "p---y," "ass," "bitch," "damn," and "oh my God."


Some product names in the background of a grocery store, barely distinct.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Cigarette smoking, some drinking (including underaged). One character is obviously drunk. A main character takes some sort of prescription medication for mental illness.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this ultra-gory slasher/horror remake is full of foulmouthed, unsavory characters, many of whom end up getting speared by pickaxe blades, shot, dismembered, and/or eviscerated. Human hearts are torn out and put inside chocolate boxes. There's extensive nudity in a sex scene that eventually becomes a nude chase-murder scene. Teenagers drink with abandon, police officers are unethical, husbands are unfaithful, and boyfriends are menacing. Strong language flows freely, from "damn" to "f--k" and everything in between.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJk12345 June 17, 2017
Well, extreamly violent 14+ okay, suggested rating Rated R for strong bloody violence/ gore 14+ if younger needs to know its not real
Adult Written byMusicRock668 April 24, 2012

Best Horror movie ever !

this movie has lot of Graphic Violence and Sex and tons of gory and Swearing in this movie is most scariest movie i see in 3D first movie was in 3D horror... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bymsjenny April 28, 2018

Disgusting graphic nudity

The movie was just disgusting and awful. I was so excited to see it as I recently watched the original movie and wanted to see the remake.

At the beginning of... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bypeanutbuttergurl6 November 21, 2009

only good seen in 3-D

i went to see this with my little cousins, and my mom in 3-D. alot of parts made them jump and i wuz laughing the entire time. it'll take more than this to... Continue reading

What's the story?

In a small, dreary mining town called Harmony, miner Harry Warden -- who was trapped in a Valentine's Day cave-in -- earns notoriety by pick-axing to death all the miners stuck with him (he wanted all the air for himself). Though found comatose, Harry wakes up to claim additional victims (hospital personnel and partying teens) before being shot and chased into the depths of the mine. Ten years later, on the anniversary of the slaughter, Tom Hannigan (Jensen Ackles) -- who barely escaped Harry the first time -- returns to town to take ownership of his family's mine. An old high-school love triangle rekindles between Tom, volatile young sheriff Axel (Kerr Smith), and Axel's betrayed wife (Jaime King). Coincidentally, a shambling figure in a gas mask and mining uniform recommences pick-axing townspeople and ripping out their hearts to make grotesque Valentines. Is Harry still alive -- or is it some other masked maniac?

Is it any good?

It may or may not help that this shocker treats the whole plot seriously, not parodying the trashy cliches of such shockers the way the popular Scream movies do. MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3-D remakes a 1981 Canadian "splatter" film of the same name -- which itself was one of many copies of the original Halloween and Friday the 13th that got cranked out when studios discovered young ticket buyers with an insatiable appetite for cheaply produced, graphically explicit gore-sex-murder flicks with a strong teenage vibe. If you were very lucky, there might be a "whodunit" aspect and OK acting to make it more than just sadistic dare-you-to-look locker-room voyeurism.

That's the case with the 2009 MBV, which not only has a climactic twist but also well-done 3-D special effects (a "flat" 2D version was also released). Some visual gimmickry -- like an eyeball popping out -- exploits the "sicko" possibilities of the effects; others are spookier and more subtle, like the slow sweep of a rifle barrel or the lighthouse-like beacon of the killer's flashlight helmet. Only in the last 15 minutes or so are so many items poked and thrown in your face that it becomes deadening overkill.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of this type of horror movie. Why do audiences enjoy watching people be hideously killed? How does seeing this type of violence affect viewers?

  • How does this kind of horror film compare to scares in older movies of the 1950s, '40s, and '30s, when audiences got their thrills from the tamer Dracula, Wolf Man, or Black Lagoon creature?

  • Parents, ask your teens about their favorite horror movies or slasher villains. Why do they like them? What sets one apart from the other?

Movie details

  • In theaters: January 16, 2009
  • On DVD or streaming: May 19, 2009
  • Cast: Jaime King, Jensen Ackles, Kerr Smith
  • Director: Patrick Lussier
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run time: 101 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: graphic brutal horror violence and grisly images throughout, some strong sexuality, graphic nudity and language
  • Last updated: March 14, 2020

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