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-> ''"Once upon a time''
-> ''On a sad Valentine''
-> ''In a place known as Hanniger Mine''
-> ''A legend began''
-> ''Every woman and man''
-> ''Would always remember the time''
-> ''And those who remain''
-> ''Were never the same''
-> ''You could see the fear in their eyes''
-> ''Once every year''
-> ''As the 14th draws near''
-> ''There's a hush all over the town''
-> ''For the legend they say''
-> ''On a Valentine's Day''
-> ''Is a curse that'll live on and on"''
-->-- "The Ballad of Harry Warden"

A [[TheEighties 1981]] holiday-themed Canadian SlasherMovie directed by George Mihalka.

Twenty years ago, in the sleepy mining town of Valentine Bluffs, a methane gas explosion at Hanniger Coal Mine trapped five miners in a shaft when the foremen who were supposed to be supervising left to go to a Valentine's Day party (similiar to the absentee camp counsellors in ''Film/FridayThe13th1980''). 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 a mental 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 this nothing but a distant memory and Harry supposedly back in the institution, the town is now throwing another party. Murders of the same manner as before start cropping up, and the town sheriff orders the party shut down. But the requisite bunch of none-too-bright teenagers ain't happy about this and elope to host the party in secret up at the mine instead. [[{{Gorn}} Big mistake...]]

Known for having nine minutes constituting the gorier killings lopped off of it to comply with the MPAA. In 2009, the movie had a remake in 3D, named aptly: ''Film/MyBloodyValentine3D''. The remake coincided with a DVD release of the original movie, which had the cut footage reincluded.

Creator/QuentinTarantino said that this is his favorite SlasherMovie. The famous {{Shoegazing}} [[Music/MyBloodyValentine band]] [[NamesTheSame of the same name]] took their name from this movie.

!! The original film provides examples of the following tropes:

* AbandonedArea: A significant portion of the mine.
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: [[spoiler:The knife Axel uses to cut his own crushed arm off]].
* TheAllegedCar: Most of them.
* AxeBeforeEntering: The killer hacks through some boards at least once.
* BadassMustache: Hollis.
* The [[BalladOfX Ballad of]] Harry Warden.
* TheBartender: Happy.
* TheBigGuy: Hollis.
* BlackEyesOfEvil: Invoked by the gas mask eyeholes, which seem to be pure black in every scene except one.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: [[spoiler:Axel, the ''only'' blond main guy in the film]].
* BloodIsSquickerInWater: Sylvia gets impaled on a broken shower nozzle, which the killer then turns on.
* BloodSpatteredInnocents: Jenny and Patty get covered Howard's blood after a noose cuts his head off, and [[spoiler:a young Axel got splattered in his father's blood as Harry killed him]].
* BoomHeadshot: Hollis gets a nail shot into the temple, then right between the eyes.
* BrainInAJar: One is on a shelf in the morgue.
* BreastAttack: The first victim gets a pickaxe through the back and out a breast, which has a heart tattoo on it.
* CallingCard: Hearts in candy boxes, and threatening Valentine's Day cards.
* CanadaEh
* CarryABigStick: Axel whacks TJ with a log after mistaking him for the killer.
* CassandraTruth: Happy, sorta.
* TheCavalryArrivesLate: [[spoiler:Chief Newby, Mayor Hanniger and their posse reach the mine just after Axel is caught in a cave-in]].
%%* ChaseScene
* ClosedCircle: The mine.
%%* CoolMask
* TheCoroner: He's perfectly fine with handling a fresh human heart with his bare hands.
** Actually, if you look closely he's wearing very thin clear nylon gloves. You can see the edges of them just under the sleeves of the white doctor coat. It certainly LOOKS like he's handling it with his bare hands, though.
* TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch: The stabbed and immolated Mabel is listed as having died of a heart attack, so as not to panic the townspeople.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath:
** Mabel getting pickaxed and shoved into a clothes dryer.
** Dave being drowned in a boiling pot filled with hotdogs.
** Sylvia getting impaled through the head by a broken pipe, which proceeds to shoot water out of her mouth.
* CuriosityKilledTheCast: Hollis dies looking for Mike and Harriet.
* CutesyNameTown: Valentine Bluffs.
%%* CutPhoneLines
* DangerousWorkplace: The mine, of course.
* DeadMansChest: Dave's body is literally StuffedInTheFridge.
* DeathByMocking: Howard and Happy.
* DeathBySex: The first victim, Sylvia, and Mike and Harriet.
* DownInTheDumps: TJ, Axel and the others hung out there a lot when they were younger.
* DramaticDrop: John, when he finds Sylvia's body.
* DramaticUnmask: Sarah tackles the killer and pulls off his gas mask when he comes at TJ with a knife, revealing [[spoiler:Axel's]] face.
%%* TheEighties
%%* EveryoneIsASuspect
* ExecutiveMeddling: Paramount infamously refused to allow the film's director to attempt to reassemble the film's original cut when the film was first released upon DVD, nor did they allow any sort of supplementary material to be filmed with the director or the actors involved in the film (as at the time, Paramount didn't think their slasher back catalog worthy of DVD extras or anything other than a bare boned release). This finally changed when Lionsgate secured the rights to the movie due to the then upcoming remake and released a new uncut version.
* EyeScream: Happy's death.
* FailedASpotCheck: While getting beer out of a fridge, John fails to notice the killer stuffed Dave's body into it.
* FightScene: Between Axel and TJ, during the party.
* FinalGirl: Sarah.
* FiveFingerFillet: Played by Axel and Hollis.
* {{Flashback}}: Harry's origin is shown through a series of them.
** FlashbackCut: [[spoiler:Used to show Axel was present when Harry killed his father]].
* FlippingTheBird: Axel gives it, after losing to Hollis in the knife game they were playing in the bar.
* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler:Axel was traumatized as a child by witnessing Harry violently kill his father, one of the neglectful mine supervisors]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}: "Oh, come on, you'd forget your head if it wasn't tied on with rope!"
* GetAholdOfYourselfMan: Sarah smacks Patty when she refuses to leave Hollis's body.
%%* {{Gorn}}
* GoryDiscretionShot: Only if you're watching the cut version.
* GrumpyOldMan: Happy.
* HarmfulToMinors: [[spoiler:Axel witnessing Harry butcher his father]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Axel haphazardly swinging his pickaxe around in an unstable area causes a collapse]].
* HopeSpot: The elevator and ladder.
* HooksAndCrooks: Happy's body was stuck on one.
* HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday: Along with Valentine's Day, there's also a chunk of the film set on Friday the 13th.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Hollis and Patty.
* HystericalWoman: Patty after Hollis's death.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Via a drill.
* ImprovisedWeapon: Pickaxe, clothes dryer, shower pipe, industrial drill, nailgun, log, shovel and rock.
* IncrediblyLamePun: While hanging from some rafters, Howard mentions he has "a hangover".
* IronicNurseryTune: [[spoiler:Axel]] sings his own version of "Daddy's Gone-A-Huntin" while stumbling off into the mine.
* JackTheRipoff: [[spoiler:Axel]].
* KnifeNut: After losing his pickaxe, the killer goes after TJ with a knife.
* LaughingMad: [[spoiler:Axel]], in the end.
* LetsSplitUpGang: When looking for Mike and Harriet.
* LifeOrLimbDecision: [[spoiler:After being pinned by rubble, Axel escapes by cutting his own arm off]].
* LingerieScene: Right at the beginning.
* LocalHangout: The Cage.
* LostForever: While a majority of the cut footage is restored for the 2009 DVD release (thanks to producer John Dunning keeping it safe in a storage unit), there's a good 20% of stuff that unfortunately could not be restored due to the original negative getting corroded over the years or due to scenes simply being missing. One example being Mike and Harriet's double impalement death which director Mihalka remembers filming.
--> '''Mihalka''': ''There was a scene with the two kids in the mine and they’re joined together forever,”..... “There was a whole set up scene to that. They’re just necking and Tom’s lying on top of [Harriet] and the miner comes in and puts the [drill bit] through him. She’s got her eyes closed and thinks he’s just being a little frisky. She opens her mouth and her eyes just widen as he bleeds into her mouth. Then the miner goes whoomp! And [skewers] them both . That scene had to be taken out totally. It has disappeared and we’ll never see it.”''
* LoveTriangle: Sarah, Axel and TJ.
* MaleGaze: As Sarah and Patty are climbing a ladder.
* MalevolentMaskedMen
%%* MenacingStroll
* MinecartMadness: TJ and the killer do battle on a set of moving minecarts.
* MirrorScare: Right before a supervisor's death in a flashback.
* MrExposition: Happy.
%%* MurdererPOV
* NailEm: Hollis's death via a nail gun.
* NoPartyLikeADonnerParty: Harry survived being trapped in the collapsed mine by killing and eating the other trapped miners.
* OffWithHisHead: Howard was actually hung, but apparently the drop was so high that the rope had enough force to decapitate him.
%%* OminousFog
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Happy, possibly. TJ's real name (Jessie) is also only used once.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: TJ, most noticeably.
* PeekABooCorpse: Mabel's charred body popping out a clothes dryer, and Happy's body coming down with a bunch of mining uniforms.
* PlayingPossum: [[spoiler:While crossing a small bridge, Axel breaks part of the rail, screams, and throws his hat into the water, to make himself out to be a victim.]]
* PoliceAreUseless: They don't really do anything.
* PowerfulPick: Killer's mining pick.
* PunBasedTitle: ''My Funny Valentine''.
%%* ReactionShot
* ReCut: The assassination of John Lennon led to a backlash against violence in the media, resulting in the film being trimmed considerably. Thankfully, a decent amount of footage survived, and was reinstated in the 2009 Special Edition.
* RedHerring: [[spoiler:Harry Warden died five years ago]].
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:Axel]] is the killer.
* RivalTurnedEvil: [[spoiler:Axel]].
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Harry killing the foremen whose negligence resulted in him being trapped in the mine.
* RosesAreRedVioletsAreBlue: One is dead, and so are you!
* ScreamDiscretionShot: Mabel's death.
* SeeYouInHell: "Hanniger! I'll be waiting in Hell for you!"
* SequelHook: [[spoiler:An injured Axel runs off into the mines, ranting to himself and vowing revenge on the entire town.]]
* ShowerScene: An [[MrFanservice all male]] example.
* TheSheriff: Chief Jake Newby.
* ShovelStrike: TJ fights the killer off with one.
* SimilarlyNamedWorks: Besides the band, there was a slasher novel titled ''My Bloody Valentine'' released in TheNineties.
* SmallTownBoredom: Why TJ left Valentine Bluffs for the West Coast. As he put, "I fell on my ass out there", so he had to come crawling back home.
* StayInTheKitchen: There's a rule about no women in the mine.
* TheStoner: Howard, judging by his hat, which prominently displays a marijuana leaf.
* StuffBlowingUp: How Harry got trapped in the mine.
* ThisCannotBe: Mayor Hanniger's reaction to the first heart and note sent by the killer.
* ThisIsADrill: Mike and Harriet are found skewered by a big one.
* TitleDrop: "Sarah, be My Bloody Valentine!"
* TitleIn: February 12th, 13th and 14th.
* UltimateAuthorityMayor: Mayor Hanniger.
* VaderBreath: The heavy mining gear has this effect on the killer.
* VillainOpeningScene
* VillainSong: "The Ballad of Harry Warden", which plays over the credits.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:Axel goes batshit in the end]].
* VisualPun: Hollis's hat has the words "Kiss My" printed on it, above a picture of a donkey.
* VomitingCop: Close. Upon finding Mabel's body, Chief Newby starts gagging a lot.
* WaitHere: Said by Hollis and TJ to Patty, Sarah and Howard before they go looking for Mike and Harriet.
* WeaponOfChoice: A pickaxe.
* WellDoneSonGuy: TJ and Mayor Hanniger.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: TJ and Axel.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: So, exactly who was the woman who got killed in the opening?
* WildTeenParty: Older than teens, but the principal is the same.
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