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One of the best modern-day slashers I've seen in quite some time.
My Bloody Valentine 3D is a remake of a 1981 slasher film of the same title.
My Bloody Valentine 3D (2009) Plot Summary
The town of Harmony would like to forget its horrific past. Ten years ago, after a tragic mining accident, Harry Warden awoke from his coma on Valentine’s Day – and brutally murdered 22 people with a pickax before being killed himself. Now, after years of peace, there’s a killer on the loose, again wearing a miner’s mask and brandishing a pickax. Has Harry Warden returned from the dead?
When I first heard of this film, I knew that I would be watching it in theaters once it was released. Sure enough, I got three of my buddies and we all went to see the movie. After snagging some popcorn and sodas we proceeded to stand in line, waiting to be allowed in. Thankfully, we were all the first in line, but it wasn’t long until a large line formed behind us — I guess we were lucky we got there when we did! We sat down in our chairs and tore open the pack of glasses the theater provided us with to enjoy the 3D experience. I was surprised to see that the glasses were not in the typical red and blue colors — they were clear. Also, they were actually built like sunglasses, rather than being made of cardboard, which is what I was expecting.
After all of us opening up our glasses we put them right on, killing time until the movie started. Why we wore the glasses through the previews, I do not know — but hey, I’m sure the extra time couldn’t hurt. After all, it gave our eyes more time to adjust. Before I knew it, the movie was just about to begin. Once the text showed up on the silver screen instructing the audience to put on the supplied 3-D glasses I was pumped. After that, my adventure into the wonderful world of 3D horror began.
Unfortunately, the 3D doesn’t work as well on DVD as it did in theaters — no matter how big of a screen you watch it on. Also, I was bummed once I opened the DVD and saw those typical, paper glasses. It wasn’t those nice clear ones that worked so well in theaters. Instead, it was the ones that I have such bad memories about. Just like the ones that were included with the Friday The 13th Part 3 in 3D DVD. Yeah, those didn’t work so well for that movie, either. Plus, I’m pretty sure those clear glasses are for a different type of 3D and will only work in theaters.
Either way, the 3D does work to an extent. You’re not going to have stuff seemingly blasting out of the screen and whizzing by you, which is what it seemed like in theaters, but it’s still pretty cool. Also, the film was shot really well for 3D. If you don’t enjoy the 3D DVD experience you can just flip the disc over in your DVD player and watch the 2D version of the movie.
The film is somewhat like your typical slasher movie. People are dying and you’re trying to go through a list of suspects in your mind trying to figure out just who the killer could be. Of course, you’re going to have to wait until the end of the movie before the mystery is revealed. Honestly, I was surprised at some of the stuff I saw in this movie. There were some really good gory scenes that looked magnificent in 3D. There was also some full-frontal nudity which lasts for quite some time. I certainly didn’t see that one coming. I mean, who can argue with some 3D nakedness?
For your typical slasher, I think this movie delivers. You get some really good gore, nudity, alcohol and a plot that keeps you guessing. Not to mention, you get to see all of that in 3D! I enjoyed the actual movie and the 3D experience was simply amazing. I mean, don’t expect a ton of originality — but if you want see a good movie and have a great experience I definitely suggest seeing My Bloody Valentine 3D.
Some of the best use of 3D in horror films I’ve seen.
One of the better modern slashers I’ve seen.
Nice death scenes.
3D sex is bad ass.
The 3D doesn’t have the same impact at home as it did in the theaters, but that’s to be expected — still a major bummer.
As I stated above, this film has some of the most impactful 3D I’ve seen in horror. This is an older review I’ve written and ported over to the main site (in 2015), but to this day, My Bloody Valentine 3D still has some of the best use of 3D effects I’ve seen in a horror film. Granted, this movie isn’t super original or anything, but it’s definitely a nice modern slasher with some familiar faces in it.