Film / My Bloody Valentine

"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 1981 holiday-themed Canadian Slasher Movie 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 (similar to the absentee camp counsellors in Friday the 13th (1980)). 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. 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: My Bloody Valentine 3D. The remake coincided with a DVD release of the original movie, which had the cut footage reincluded.

Quentin Tarantino said that this is his favorite Slasher Movie. The famous Shoegazing band of the same name took their name from this movie.

The original film provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Abandoned Area: A significant portion of the mine.
  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: The knife Axel uses to cut his own crushed arm off.
  • The Alleged Car: Most of them.
  • Axe Before Entering: The killer hacks through some boards at least once.
  • Badass Mustache: Hollis.
  • The Ballad of Harry Warden.
  • The Bartender: Happy.
  • The Big Guy: Hollis, a big pickaxe's gotta get carried by a big man after all.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Invoked by the gas mask eyeholes, which seem to be pure black in every scene except one.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: Axel, the only blond main guy in the film.
  • Blood Is Squicker in Water: Sylvia gets impaled on a broken shower nozzle, which the killer then turns on.
  • Blood Spattered Innocents: Jenny and Patty get covered in Howard's blood after a noose cuts his head off, and a young Axel got splattered in his father's blood as Harry killed him.
  • Boom, Headshot: Hollis gets a nail shot into the temple, then right between the eyes.
  • Brain in a Jar: One is on a shelf in the morgue.
  • Breast Attack: The first victim gets a pickaxe through the back and out a breast, which has a heart tattoo on it.
  • Calling Card: Hearts in candy boxes, and threatening Valentine's Day cards.
  • Canada, Eh?: The movie was filmed in a town in Nova Scotia
  • Carry a Big Stick: Axel whacks TJ with a log after mistaking him for the killer.
  • Cassandra Truth: Happy, sorta.
  • The Cavalry Arrives Late: Chief Newby, Mayor Hanniger and their posse reach the mine just after Axel is caught in a cave-in.
  • Chase Scene: The remaining survivors end up getting chased through the mines by the killer.
  • Closed Circle: The mine.
  • Cool Mask: The gas mask the killer wears to hide his identity
  • The Coroner: 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.
  • The Coroner Doth Protest Too Much: The stabbed and immolated Mabel is listed as having died of a heart attack, so as not to panic the townspeople.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death:
    • 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.
  • Curiosity Killed the Cast: Hollis dies looking for Mike and Harriet.
  • Cutesy Name Town: Valentine Bluffs.
  • Minecart Madness: TJ and the killer do battle on a set of moving mine carts.
  • Mirror Scare: Right before a supervisor's death in a flashback.
  • Mr. Exposition: Happy tells the legend of Harry Warden.
  • Murderer P.O.V.: Strangely when this happens, the audience sees everything clearly despite the killer wearing a gas mask.
  • Nail 'Em: Hollis's death via a nail gun.
  • No Party Like a Donner Party: Harry survived being trapped in the collapsed mine by killing and eating the other trapped miners.
  • Off with His Head!: Howard was actually hung, but apparently the drop was so high that the rope had enough force to decapitate him.