My Bloody Valentine

January 16th, 2009


My Bloody Valentine

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Tom returns to his hometown on the tenth anniversary of the Valentine's night massacre that claimed the lives of 22 people. Instead of a homecoming, however, Tom finds himself suspected of committing the murders, and it seems like his old flame is the only one will believes he's innocent.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 5.5/10 (25,810 voted)

Critic's Score: 51/100

Director: Patrick Lussier

Stars: Jensen Ackles, Jaime King, Kerr Smith

In the mining town of Harmony, a drilling accident is caused by the son of the owner, Tom Hanniger. The mine collapses, burying six miners alive. The rescue team finds only Harry Warden alive, but in coma, and the other miners murdered by his pickax, and they conclude that Harry killed them to save oxygen for himself. On Valentine's Day, Harry awakes from his coma in the local hospital, and he kills twenty-two people, including a group of teenagers that are partying in the mine. Harry is killed by the deputy, but the only survivors are Tom Hanniger, his girlfriend Sarah, their friend Axel Palmer and his girlfriend Irene. Ten years later, Tom returns to Harmony after the death of his father. Tom has decided to sell the Hanniger Mine, and finds that Sarah has married Axel, who is now the local sheriff, and they have a son named Noah. On Valentine's Day, Harry Warden also returns...

Writers: Todd Farmer, Zane Smith

Jensen Ackles - Tom Hanniger
Jaime King - Sarah Palmer
Kerr Smith - Axel Palmer
Betsy Rue - Irene
Edi Gathegi - Deputy Martin
Tom Atkins - Sheriff Jim Burke
Kevin Tighe - Ben Foley
Megan Boone - Megan
Karen Baum - Deputy Ferris
Joy de la Paz - Rosa
Marc Macaulay - Riggs
Todd Farmer - Frank the Trucker
Jeff Hochendoner - Red
Bingo O'Malley - Officer Hinch
Liam Rhodes - Michael

Taglines: Are you ready for your heart to be broken? He's going to do it.


Official Website: Lionsgate [uk] | Lionsgate [United States] |

Release Date: 16 January 2009

Filming Locations: Bethel, Pennsylvania, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $21,241,456 (USA) (18 January 2009) (2534 Screens)

Gross: $51,545,952 (USA) (12 March 2009)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

A flyer on a wall indicates that Valentine's Day is Saturday, February 14th. That would mean the previous day is Friday the 13th.

Factual errors: Though the movie takes place in February in a coal-mining area of Pennsylvania, all the trees are in full, green foliage, as they would be in summer, instead of being bare.

Axel Palmer: Hey, you missed me on TV.
Sarah Palmer: Oh, yes! That's right! How was he?
Ben Foley: When you gonna dump this bum and run away with me?
Sarah Palmer: I get off work at 8.
Ben Foley: Well, I'll be sure to tuck the top down the top on my Cadillac.

User Review

Expect the expected...

Rating: 8/10

My Bloody Valentine 3D is one of those really rare kinds of horror flicks. It delivers buckets of gore, brisk pacing, and a lot of in your face 3D goodness. Sit close to the front of your theater for the maximum effect (if you dare!). There is brutality in king size portions, sure to satisfy the most hardcore of horror fans. They really pull out all the stops with that pickaxe's of his.

Perhaps most importantly though, the production and marketing teams were aware of what it what it was. At its core, its a cheesy mindless slasher film, and rather than try to overcome this, My Bloody Valentine acknowledges this trait and works with it. It owns it. Internet ads bore slogans such as 'Its actually 4D if you're wasted.' Never does it get bogged down trying to patch together an airtight story. It just keeps its unrelenting pace up from start to finish, and delivers what the audience came out to see, gratuitous violence.

A film like this is quite refreshing for the genre, not because it is artful by any means, but because it embraces its inherent trashiness. By deliberately failing to take itself seriously, My Bloody Valentine becomes something more than the majority of its peers can ever be. It becomes fun in the same way that a Poison concert or monster truck rally is fun. Take my advice and see this thing as it was meant to be seen, through beer goggles and a pair of cheap 3D glasses. Enjoy it for what it is and don't worry about the second thoughts you might have tomorrow morning.


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