Rated: R for graphic brutal horror violence and grisly images throughout, some strong sexuality, graphic nudity and language Reviewed by: Frank Release date: January 16, 2009 Released by: Lions Gate Films
It's difficult to find a film these days that truly is frightening, one that makes us bite our nails or scrunch down in our seats in fear. What we get recently is My Bloody Valentine, in 3D which delivers the bloody very well but provides little or nothing that provides fear that a horror film should.
The script is a retread of many others, Harry Warden who spent a year unconscious after Tom Hanninger (Jensen Ackles) caused the death of other miners and the damage to Harry, awakes and goes on a killing mission. He uses the real star of the film - a pickaxe - which reaches into the audience in the 3D version.
Ten years later Hanninger returns to town and all hell breaks through again. It allows the opportunity for split skulls, ripped necks, split faces and blood everywhere. Most of the scenes are what we have observed before. Only one with a spunky Betsy Rue who plays Irene a loose local who when angry with a trucker she has a trist with, goes after him wearing nothing but a gun and a pair of shoes and a determination to punish him for his lack of respect. That episode extends back into the motel and she battles the killer in mining suit with a light on his helmet, to the bloody end, with a bravado that we very seldom see from women victims in slaughter films.
The 3D is effective in a few cases as weapons are pushed out at the audience, but very little use is made of missiles which can be spun out of the screen to make the audience duck and feel part of the action.
This is not much of a Valentine, even a bloody one.
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