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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 (similar to the absentee camp counsellors in ''Film/FridayThe13th1980''). Six weeks later, the accident's sole survivor, 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. [[TemptingFate 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.

[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] the famous {{Shoegazing}} [[Music/MyBloodyValentine band]] [[NamesTheSame of the same name]] [[ShrugOfGod who may or may not]] 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.
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Axel Palmer is the true killer.]]
* TheBigGuy: Hollis, a big pickaxe's gotta get carried by a big man after all.
* BlackEyesOfEvil: Invoked by the gas mask eyeholes, which seem to be pure black in every scene except one.
* BloodIsSquickerInWater: Sylvia gets impaled on a broken shower nozzle, which the killer then turns on.
* BloodSplatteredInnocents: Jenny and Patty get covered in 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: The movie was filmed in a town in Nova Scotia
* 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: The remaining survivors end up getting chased through the mines by the killer.
%%* ClosedCircle: The mine.
* CoolMask: The gas mask the killer wears to hide his identity
* 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: Although Harry Warden is initially suspected as the records of his incarceration were lost, the disguise the killer wears can still suggest that somebody else could be using Harry's identity.
* EyeScream: Happy's death when he gets a pickaxe in the jaw.
* 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!"
** Note the way John lifts Silvie up when he kisses her in the union hall early in the film. It's the exact way the Miner lifts her during her death scene.
* GetAholdOfYourselfMan: Sarah smacks Patty when she refuses to leave Hollis's body.
* {{Gorn}}: The uncut version shows a surprising amount of gore for a small-time flick.
* GoryDeadlyOverkillTitleOfFatalDeath
* 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, which would've been the way out for our victims.
* 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: The opening scene of the film by a pickaxe stuck in the wall. There's also a deleted scene where two teens are spiked by a drill; the final product only shows the aftermath.
* 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: The killer sings his own version of "Daddy's Gone-A-Huntin" while stumbling off into the mine.
* JackTheRipoff: [[spoiler:Axel is using Harry's identity to kill others]].
* KnifeNut: After losing his pickaxe, the killer goes after TJ with a knife.
* LaughingMad: The killer laughs manically 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 between a worker and a lady in the mines. How she isn't freezing is a mystery.
%%* LocalHangout: The Cage.
%%* LoveTriangle: Sarah, Axel and TJ.
* MaleGaze: As Sarah and Patty are climbing a ladder.
* MalevolentMaskedMen: The killer is always wearing a gas mask with his miner gear.
%%* MenacingStroll
* MinecartMadness: TJ and the killer do battle on a set of moving mine carts.
* MirrorScare: Right before a supervisor's death in a flashback.
* MrExposition: Happy tells the legend of Harry Warden.
* MurdererPOV: Strangely when this happens, the audience sees everything clearly despite the killer wearing a gas mask.
* 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, Happy's body coming down with a bunch of mining uniforms, and Howard's body flying down a shaft when he's hung.
* 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 have any significance in the film and when they're finally called to the rescue, it's too late.
* PowerfulPick: The killer's mining pick.
* PunBasedTitle: ''My Funny Valentine''.
* ReactionShot: When Chief Newby discovers Mabel's corpse, there's shots of him gagging and acting horrified. Patty's reactions at Hollis's death also qualify.
* 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.
* SmallTownBoredom: Why TJ left Valentine Bluffs for the West Coast. As he put it, "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: The movie starts with a miner and a woman in a moment of passion while in the mines. Then the woman is suddenly ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice by the miner using his pickaxe that he embedded in a rocky wall.
* VillainSong: "The Ballad of Harry Warden", which plays over the credits.
* VillainousBreakdown: The killer goes batshit in the end once he's been dramatically unmasked.
* 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: The killer wields a pickaxe.
%%* WellDoneSonGuy: TJ and Mayor Hanniger.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: TJ and Axel. Sadly, the love triangle with Sarah isn't helping matters.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: So, exactly who was the woman who got killed in the opening?
* WildTeenParty: Older than teens, but the principle is the same.