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The 3D remake of My Bloody Valentine, released in 2009 starring Jensen Ackles, Jaime King, Kerr Smith, and Tom Atkins.

Much like in the original film, the film is centered around murders committed around Valentine's Day, perpetuated by a psychopath in a miner's outfit.

This remake provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Abandoned Area: Tunnel Number 5, and the old Palmer house.
  • Adaptation Distillation: Does a good job adapting the original storyline, streamlining the cast and dropping the annoying friend characters who exist mainly to die in the final act of the film. It also tosses in the bit of fan service of having the main character be called Axel, whom many fans of the original film liked prior to the reveal that he was the killer better than TJ.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Axel is not the killer this time.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • In this version, Harry Warden is far more evil then he was in the original. The original Harry was motivated by a desire to avenge himself and his fellow miners as he was the only one to survive the cave-in, and all the other miners were killed instantly. Harry only killed the two men he blamed for the cave-in. Meanwhile, the Harry in the remake is motivated by selfishness and sadism as the other miners survived the cave in, but Harry kills them to preserve his own air. After awakening from his coma, Harry massacres an entire hospital, consisting mostly of invalid patients and (according to news reports) children, for seemingly no reason.
    • In the original movie, Tom was straight-up The Hero, but here, he's the killer this time.
  • All There in the Manual: A deleted scene reveals the shovel victim ("Teen Straggler") is named Brandy.
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  • Alone with the Psycho: Tom, for a little bit at the beginning.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The Japanese dub uses "Kagami no Kuni no Aria (The Mirrorland's Aria)" by Nana Kitade as its theme song.
  • Arrow Cam: When Sarah shoots Tom in the side.
  • Asshole Victim: Frank is a trucker who films his sexual partners to make home porn movies and is a Suspiciously Specific Denial about being for his private collection.
  • Axe Before Entering: The killer takes the supermarket's "Knock Before Entering" sign to its logical extreme.
  • Bald of Evil: Harry. The real one at least.
  • Bar Brawl: The patrons don't take too kindly to Tom showing up at the local bar.
  • The Bartender: Sam serves as this for the locals.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Averted. Deputy Martin not only survives the entire movie, he's never targeted by the killer.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Like the original, the gas mask appears to have black holes for eyes.
  • Blood-Splattered Innocents: After Harry gets shot, some of his blood splashes onto Tom's face.
  • Bloody Handprint: In the hospital after the massacre, and on the Palmers' dryer after Rosa's death.
  • Body in a Breadbox: Rosa's corpse is left stuffed inside a running household dryer, and is half-cooked when the deputy discovers it.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Right before the credits, Tom glares directly at the camera.
  • Broken Heel: Axel trips while running from Harry in the opening.
  • Broomstick Quarterstaff: Megan tries fighting the killer off with a mop.
  • Calling Card: The cut out hearts placed in candy boxes.
  • Cast as a Mask: Chris Carnel played both Harry and Tom in miner gear.
  • Chase Scene: The killer is fully capable of running after his prey.
  • Convenient Coma: Harry fell into one after being rescued from the mine.
  • Cool Mask: Also works as a Gas Mask Mook.
  • Couldn't Find a Pen: The hearts drawn in blood and "BE MINE 4 EVER".
  • Creator Cameo: Writer Todd Farmer plays Frank the Trucker.
  • Curiosity Killed the Cast: Selene is killed looking for her dog.
  • Curtain Camouflage: Done by Harry right at the beginning.
  • Dangerous Windows: The killer attacks Sarah through one she had planned on using to escape the store through.
  • Daylight Horror: Much of the movie takes place in brightly lit and daytime locations.
  • Death by Mocking: Jason really shouldn't have tried this.
  • Death by Sex: Irene and Frank are murdered by Harry Warden after an argument they have post-coitus.
  • Decoy Protagonist: At first Tom seems to be The Hero like in the original, however in the remake, he's the killer while Axel is the true male protagonist.
  • Don't Go in the Woods: Don't go into the mine or you will be killed.
  • Dual Wield: Briefly done by Harry.
  • Edible Bludgeon: During the fight in the grocery store, Sarah clubs the miner in the head with a lump of frozen meat.
  • Everybody Knew Already: Axel and Megan's relationship.
  • Everyone Is a Suspect: Harry Warden apparently died almost a decade ago but it could be anyone in his outfit.
  • Exact Words: When Ben tells Tom to make peace with his father if he wants to, he shows him an urn containing his father's ashes.
  • Eye Open: Harry coming out of his coma.
  • Eye Scream: Jason, Ben and a rescue worker's deaths.
  • Famous Last Words: "You're dead, motherfucker!" and "Shit!"
  • Fight Scene: Lots, but props to Red for putting up a pretty good one.
  • Final Girl: Sarah manages to survive to the end in part because of this status as the most level headed and calm but also because of her husband's help. Unusual in that despite being beautiful and conservatively dressed, she's also a mother.
  • Fingore: When Red takes a swing at Tom in the bar, he misses and ends up punching a mirror.
  • Flipping the Bird: Given to Irene by Frank.
  • Flashback: While in a coma, Harry dreams about the night he became trapped in the mine.
  • Frameup: Tom attempts to do it to Axel.
  • Freudian Excuse: Tom was driven insane by nearly being killed by Harry.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: When Frank leaves her at the motel, Irene grabs a gun from her purse and charges out into the parking lot after him wearing nothing but a pair of shoes.
  • Gorn: Some truly horrifying scenes of dismembered ribcages with their hearts torn off.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: Of all of the female victim's corpses in their most Fan Disservice glory.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: One of the hospital victims... don't ask how Harry managed that.
  • Hallucinations: Tom suffers from auditory ones, which later escalate to visual ones.
  • Home Porn Movie: Frank makes them... without his partners' knowledge.
  • Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: Unlike the original, it's fairly incidental to the plot, though a deleted scene does reveal Harry was trapped while a Valentine's Day dance was being held.
  • Hysterical Woman: Megan completely loses her shit when Harry Warden shows up in the grocery store.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Through the head. Several times.
  • Improvised Weapon: The killer is attacked with a mop, a frying pan, a lamp base, a battery pack and a piece of frozen meat.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: Tom when he says that the message written in blood above Megan's body was the same one she had written in her Valentines card to Axel. Sarah then asks how he knew that Megan was dead, or what was written above her body.
  • Infodump: The 3D newspapers in the opening.
  • It's All My Fault: Tom's father in a deleted scene.
  • Jack the Ripoff: Tom is copying the MO of Harry's original murders from ten years earlier.
  • Jawbreaker: Jim's death has him stabbed through the bottom of his face with a pickax.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Axel. He cheats on his wife with her employee, but he also genuinely cares about the well being of her and their child, even telling his wife to shoot and kill him just to ensure that she survives unharmed.
  • Karma Houdini:
    • Tom doesn't face any troubles from the law over his role in the mining accident. While Tom claims that it was an accident on his part that caused the explosion/cave-in, he is absolved once the rescue teams get to the miners and discovered that Harry sadistically killed his friends in order to ensure his own survival via hogging all of the oxygen for himself.
    • After Tom's revealed as the killer, he is presumably killed by Sarah and Axel in the mines, but he survives and escapes.
  • Kick the Dog: Frank secretly videotaped himself and Irene, calls her a whore, flips her off, then says he's gotten tired of her. He also has a wedding ring on, so we can add adultery to the list.
  • Kill Us Both: Suggested by Axel when Sarah has him and Tom at gunpoint.
  • Little People Are Surreal: The reason they decided to have the Thunderbird clerk be a little person, actually saying they though it gave the sequence "a Twin Peaks vibe".
  • Menacing Stroll: Mostly, though the killer does run a few times.
  • Mirrored Confrontation Shot: Done when Tom first comes face to face with the killer.
  • The Mistress: Megan is having an affair with Axel. And is pregnant with his child..
  • Ms. Fanservice: Irene, played by Betsy Rue, does not wear one stitch of clothing the entire time she is onscreen (and it's a long scene).
    • In the opening, Jamie King wears a white see-through shirt that leaves little to the imagination.
  • Mythology Gag: Several to the original movie.
  • Necro Cam: Used when Tom is revealed to be the killer.
  • Never Found the Body: Harry. When Jim takes the others to where he is supposedly buried, the grave is empty.
  • The '90s: The prologue takes place in 1995.
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction: In the commentary, director Patrick Lussier mentions this was essentially his reaction to a test screener ask if it was Megan's unborn baby, not her heart, that the killer cut out.
  • No-Tell Motel: The Thunderbird Motel.
  • Not His Sled: Axel's a Red Herring this time.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Justified, Tom is the killer, and any scene with him and the killer together is just him hallucinating.
  • Off with His Head!: Brandy is impaled through the head to the ceiling during one scene.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Axel getting stabbed.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Red's real name (William Kirkpatrick) can be seen really briefly on an evidence board.
  • Peek-a-Boo Corpse: Sarah comes across several while running from Harry in the mine.
  • Plot Hole: It's never revealed how Tom knew where Harry's body was, and it's very doubtful his father would've told him, considering how estranged they were.
  • Psycho Smirk: Done by Tom after The Reveal.
  • Red Herring:
    • Harry Warden has been dead this entire time. It's just an impersonator taking on his identity.
    • Axel is this, especially for viewers familiar with the 1981 original. It doesn't help matters when Megan, the woman he's secretly seeing, ends up a victim of the Miner, which can come across as a death motivated by She Knows Too Much.
    • Deputy Martin is suspected by Tom to be the Miner, not to mention that Martin is one of the few characters who knew where Harry's grave was.
  • The Remake: Of the original 1981 classic.
  • The Reveal: Tom is insane and the killer.
  • Right Through the Wall: Irene and Frank, much to Tom's annoyance.
  • Say My Name: Tom screaming for Sarah after the car crash.
  • Schrödinger's Cast: While Axel and Tom was the killer and The Hero respectively in the original film, in the remake Axel and Tom are The Hero and the killer.
  • Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You: The poster has the miner swinging his pickaxe directly at the viewer.
  • Sequel Hook: Tom survives being shot and the mine explosion, kills a rescuer, and escapes in his uniform.
  • Scream Discretion Shot: The death of the first hospital nurse.
  • The Sheriff: Axel, successor to the retired Jim Burke.
  • Shovel Strike: Sarah attacks Harry with one in the prologue. He takes it from her and proceeds to behead Brandy at the jawline with it. Near the end, Axel fights Tom with one.
  • Smoking Hot Sex: Planned by Irene, but the moment is ruined by Frank's assholishness.
  • The Stinger: The killer appears and takes a swing at the camera with his pickaxe.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: The beginning and end have spectacular explosions. In 3D!
  • Super Window Jump: How Sarah escapes the old Palmer house.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Even though Red is obviously dead, the killer continues hacking away at him.
  • Those Two Guys: Jason and Michael. Their names are probably not deliberate.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Unless it gets embedded in a windshield.
  • Title In: Ten Years Later.
  • Token Minority: Deputy Martin and Rosa.
  • Turn of the Millennium: The opening of the movie takes place in the late Nineties before an ten year time skip.
  • Vader Breath: The miner's outfit gives him this effect.
  • Vigilante Execution: Harry's death.
  • Weapon of Choice: A pickaxe, moreso than the original.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: When Sarah makes it clear that she knew Axel was cheating with Megan, Deputy Martin gives him the dirtiest look imaginable.
  • Wild Teen Party: The opening has a wild teen party being held at the Abandoned Mine. Which is in pretty poor taste since it is the anniversary of the explosion that killed six miners and closed the mine.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Tom, with the reveal that he's got a split personality, who hates him and wants to kill everyone around him and force him to symbolically watch.
  • Would Hurt a Child: A reporter mentions that some of Harry's victims he killed in the hospital were children.

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