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My Bloody Valentine

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My Bloody Valentine is a 1981 slasher film released in the wake of the popularity of the slasher genre that had overtaken the 1970s. Considered an example of the low-budget cult films reminiscent of popular slasher films such as Halloween (1978) and Friday the 13th(1980), the movie was filmed on location in Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia Canada.

The movie is infamous for having had 9 minutes cut by the MPAA due to the amount of violence and gore. Though co-producer Dunning confirmed that the excised footage still existed, attempts to release it proved difficult as Paramount Pictures refused to offer an uncut version.Lionsgate subsequently secured DVD rights to the film (as well as several other Paramount features, under license) and released the uncut version on January 13, 2009.


PlotEdit

Twenty years ago, in the sleepy mining town of Valentine Bluffs, a methane gas explosion at Hanniger Coal Mine trapped five miners in a shaftwhen the foremen of the crew left early to attend the town's Valentine's Day dance. Six weeks later, the sole survivor of the accident, Harry Warden, was rescued; he survived by eating his dead coworkers and ultimately had gone mad. After a year in an institution, he escaped on Valentine's Day, killing and cutting out the heart of the guilty foremen, leaving a warning that the same would happen if the town ever again held a Valentine's Day celebration.

With the legend of Harry Warden nothing but a distant memory, a group of young miners and their girlfriends decide that the town has gone without a party long enough. As the night of the dance approaches, a murderous maniac in mining gear begins dispatching townsfolk in bloody and creative ways. The town sheriff and mayor quickly deduce it must be Harry Warden, who was returned to the institution, though their attempts to confirm Warden's status are hindered. Despite the murders, the young adults continue with their plans for a dance, laughing off the "stories" of the murderous Harry Warden. Finally the night of the dance is reached and as the Miner dispatches off several partyers, a group decides to venture into the mines to explore and impress the women. Realizing that a killer is on the loose, a rescue party composed of best friends T.J. and Axel go after the others and Sarah, who both men love.

The Miner has indeed followed them into the mine, killing most of the group, and forcing T.J., Axel, Sarah and Patty to try to escape. Axel appears to be killed and Patty is murdered as well leaving only T.J. and Sarah. On the surface the Mayor and Sheriff have found out that Harry Warden died 5 years ago and are preparing to lead a group of men into the mines. In the mine, the Miner attacks T.J. and Sarah on a moving rail line and the fight eventually is forced into an abandoned shaft where the integrity of the ceiling is in doubt. The Killer is revealed to be in fact not Warden, but Axel. A flashback reveals that he witnessed the murder of his father, one of the foremen, by Harry Warden when he was a boy.

The ceiling then collapses, burying Axel alive. Only his arm is visible, but as rescue efforts are taken it is soon discovered that Axel has cut off his own arm to escape. Through the hole in the wall T.J., Sarah and the police watch as the deranged and delusional Axel runs deeper into the mine calling out to Harry Warden and asking that Sarah be his "Bloody Valentine".

CastEdit

List of DeathsEdit

Name Cause of death Killer On-Screen Notes
4 Miners Unknown Methane Gas Explosion Yes Flashback
Mr.Palmer Pickaxed in chest, heart cut out Harry Warden Yes Flashback
Mine Supervisor Pickaxed in chest Harry Warden No Mentioned
Woman Impaled through back by pickaxe Axel Palmer Yes
Mabel Osbome Pickaxed in chest, burned in dryer Axel Palmer No
Happy Pickaxed in neck through eye, throat impaled on hook Axel Palmer Yes
Dave Face dunked in pot of boiling water/drowned/scalded Axel Palmer Yes
Sylvia Head impaled on pipe Axel Palmer Yes
Michael Stavinski, Harriet Impaled through back/stomach with drill Axel Palmer No
Hollis Shot in temple/forehead with nail gun Axel Palmer Yes
Howard Landers Neck snapped/beheaded by rope noose Axel Palmer Yes
Patty Pickaxed in stomach Axel Palmer Yes
Harry Warden Unknown, possibly suicide or natural causes N/A No Mentioned

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