My Bloody Valentine 3D
My Bloody Valentine 3D is a 2009 American slasher film directed by Patrick Lussier, and starring Jensen Ackles, Jaime King, Betsy Rue, and Kerr Smith. It is a remake of the 1981 Canadian slasher film of the same name, and focuses on residents in a small mining town that is plagued by a serial killer on Valentine's Day. It features supporting performances by Tom Atkins and Kevin Tighe.
|My Bloody Valentine 3D|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Patrick Lussier|
|Produced by||Jack L. Murray|
|Screenplay by||Zane Smith|
John Beaird (1981 screenplay)
|Story by||Stephen Miller|
|Based on||My Bloody Valentine|
by George Mihalka
|Music by||Michael Wandmacher|
|Edited by||Patrick Lussier|
|Box office||$100.7 million|
After filming on location in Pennsylvania, the film was given a 3D theatrical release in the United States on January 16, 2009 by Lionsgate. It was the first R-rated film to be projected in RealD technology and to have a wide release (1,000 locations) in 3D-enabled theaters. The film received mixed reviews from critics but was a box office success, grossing over $100 million worldwide.
Valentine's Day 1997 – The small mining community of Harmony is rocked by a tragic explosion at the Hanniger mines. Six days after cave-in, a single miner is rescued. Harry Warden is pulled from the mine, comatose. Around him lay the dead bodies of five of his coworkers whom he killed to conserve oxygen to ensure his own survival. The son of the mine's owner, Tom Hanniger, is blamed for the tragedy. They say he didn't properly ventilate the methane in the mine shaft which lead to the explosion and the deaths of five men. One year later, Harry Warden awakens from his coma and escapes the hospital, but not before murdering numerous patients and staff.
Warden runs across town in the darkness and finds himself at the old Hanniger mines. He isn't alone. Tom Hanniger, the one who caused the explosion that injured Warden, along with his girlfriend Sarah Mercer, Axel Palmer and Irene are amongst other teenagers enjoying a night of partying. After Warden takes his revenge on the partying teens, only Tom, Sarah, Axel and Irene remain alive. Tom Hanniger leaves Harmony to escape the memories and pain left by that night.
Ten years later, Tom is called back to Harmony after his father dies, leaving him the mine. A lot has changed in the decade he has been gone. His former girlfriend, Sarah, is now married to Axel who is now the Sheriff and they have a son. Axel isn't the most faithful husband. The night Tom returns to Harmony, Axel sneaks off to his old abandoned cabin in the woods to meet his lover, Megan. Megan works as a clerk at the same store as Axel's wife Sarah. While Tom is getting settled in the local motel, an unfortunate scene unfolds around him. Irene, one of the survivors of Harry Warden's attack at the mine 10 years earlier, discovers her companion for the evening was making a sex-tape without her permission. When she tells him she is not a hooker he sarcastically tells her she is one tonight and tosses money at her and then leaves. Clearly enraged by this Irene grabs a gun and while completely naked confronts her companion Frank. Their argument spills out into the motel parking lot where a completely naked Irene, save for strap on heels, confronts Frank with a gun. Just as the argument, leading to the nude Irene throwing the gun at Frank, becomes more heated, Irene and Frank are attacked by an unknown assailant in miner gear. The miner jams his pick into the top of Frank's head causing him to drop the camera as it films the nude and horrified Irene's as she turns and runs back into her hotel. Naked and helpless, Irene desperately tries to find a place to hide or call for help. She eventually hides under a bed but gives away her hiding spot after giving a screech upon watching the miner commit another murder. The miner tries to drag the naked Irene from under the bed but she manages to use her shoes to kick him away. He yanks the mattress from the bed and Irene uses the metal frame as a shield while cursing at him. Finally he jams the pick into Irene's bare abdomen through the frame killing her. Upon examination of the crime scene, Sheriff Axel Palmer is shocked to find that Irene is missing her heart. The sheriff is suspicious of the timing of the events and the arrival of Tom back in Harmony. Later that night, the sheriff receives a heart-shaped box that contains Irene's heart.
Events in Harmony continue to escalate. The day after Irene is murdered, Tom is touring the mines his father left him when he comes upon the same assailant who had attacked Irene and Frank - the Miner. He is dressed just as he was the night prior. Tom interrupts the Miner as he is murdering another worker named William. The Miner attacks Tom, but he is rescued by a group of workers before the Miner can finish him off.
Fearful that Harry Warden may have returned to Harmony to seek revenge on those he blamed for his injuries, the sheriff's office looks into his disappearance 10 years prior. Sheriff Palmer speaks with the former sheriff, James Burke, who had been in office during the tragic events. Burke admits that he, Tom's father, and a local politician named Ben Foley took the law into their own hands and killed Warden. Burke agrees to take them to Warden's body, but they find the grave to be holding the body of Ben Foley and not Harry Warden.
Across town at the grocery store where Sarah Mercer-Palmer works, the Miner is lurking. He attacks Sarah and her clerk Megan. Megan unfortunately doesn't survive. Sheriff Palmer arrives to aid his wife and finds the phrase "Be Mine 4 Ever" scrawled in blood. The miner later infiltrates the Palmer house, killing their babysitter Rose and then kills former Sheriff Burke.
Weary of his former friend Axel and fearing for his lost love's life, Tom tells Sarah that she cannot trust her husband. He goes to the hospital and convinces her to go with him fearing that Axel is the Miner.
As Sarah drives away from the hospital with Tom, she gets a call from Axel. As he had suspected, there was something off about their old friend Tom. He had spent seven years locked up in a mental institution. Fearing for her safety, Sarah does the only thing she can think of to escape the crazed man beside her. She crashes the car, startling Tom, giving her enough time to run. Sarah runs through the woods and happens upon an old cabin. Inside she finds empty heart-shaped boxes, just like the ones Axel had received containing Irene's heart. Scaring her even more, she finds an old photo of her and Tom.
Just then the Miner attacks, chasing her deep into the dark mines. While trying to find her way around, she runs into Axel and Tom. Unsure of whom to trust as each is saying the other is the crazed killer, Sarah takes Axel's gun holding them both at gunpoint. As they try to convince her that they're innocent and she should shoot the other, one of them slips up revealing himself as the Miner.
Tom lets too much information slip when discussing Megan's death. He reveals information that only Axel and Sarah could have known, along with the killer.
As the story unfolds, it becomes clear the Tom has multiple personalities. Tom reveals that Harry Warden was killed all those years ago, but Tom didn't let him go. Instead, he dug up his grave, took his miner gear and then Tom became the Miner.
As Tom goes to attack, Sarah shoots at him. The bullet goes through his side and strikes a fuel tank causing a massive explosion, knocking Tom back off his feet. He is found by a rescue worker. Axel and Sarah are able to escape the blown out mine and reach safety among the rescuers.
Just as the tragedies of the small town of Harmony seem to be fading away like the sunset, we find a figure rising from the darkness. A rescuer walks from the mine shaft. Before he fades away, the humble rescue worker is none other than Tom Hanniger...a large smirk plastered across his lips. Tom Hanniger disappears into the picturesque mountains of Harmony leaving them in a false sense of security, but the Miner is ready to return with vengeance at any moment.
- Jensen Ackles as Tom Hanniger
- Jaime King as Sarah Mercer-Palmer
- Kerr Smith as Sheriff Axel Palmer
- Betsy Rue as Irene
- Megan Boone as Megan
- Edi Gathegi as Deputy Martin
- Tom Atkins as Sheriff James "Jim" Burke
- Kevin Tighe as Ben Foley
- Karen Baum as Deputy Ferris
- Joy de la Paz as Rosa
- Marc Macaulay as Marc Riggs
- Selene Luna as Selene
- Todd Farmer as Frank the Trucker
- Jeff Hochendoner as William "Red" Kirkpatrick
- Richard John Walters as Harry Warden/The Miner
The film was shot in South Western Pennsylvania, taking advantage of the state's tax incentives for film productions as well as the topographical and architectural versatility of the Pittsburgh Metro area. Filming began on May 11, 2008 in Armstrong County along the Route 28 corridor, in locations including Sprankle's Market in Kittanning, the Ford City police station, and the exterior of the Logansport Mine in Bethel. Kittanning served as main street in the film's fictional town of Harmony. The production spent 13 days filming scenes in the Tour-Ed Mines in the Pittsburgh suburb of Tarentum, a mine that has been out of production since the 1960s and now operates as a museum. The inside of Valliant's Diner in Ross Township was used as a location for one scene, and a house on Hulton Road in Oakmont, a suburb of Pittsburgh, was also used as a location.
The film was shot entirely digitally in 4K resolution. The filmmakers used the Red One from Red Digital Cinema Camera Company, and the SI-2K Digital Cinema Camera by Silicon Imaging as digital cameras. Max Penner, the film's stereographer, found these lighter and smaller cameras easier to use. My Bloody Valentine was the first R-rated film to be projected in RealD technology and to have a wide release (1,000 locations) in 3D-enabled theaters. The film was also available in 2D for theaters that were not equipped to process digital 3D technology.
On its 4-day opening weekend, the film grossed $24.1 million, ranking #3 for the weekend, behind Gran Torino at #2, and Paul Blart: Mall Cop at #1. In its second weekend, the movie grossed estimated $10.1 million, ranking number 6 at the domestic box office. The film grossed $51,545,952 in the United States and Canada, and $49,188,766 in other markets for a worldwide total of $100,734,718.
Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports that 60% of 100 critics gave the film a positive review, with the consensus reading: "This gory, senses-assaulting slasher film is an unpretentious, effective mix of old-school horror stylings and modern 3D technology." On Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 51 based on 11 reviews.
Joe Leydon of Variety said, "director and co-editor Lussier (a frequent Wes Craven collaborator) plays the 3-D gimmick for all it's worth: Everything from tree branches and gun barrels to bloody pickaxes and bloodier body parts appears to jump off the screen. He also makes effective use of the depth-of-field illusion, allowing audiences long views of various chest cavities from which hearts have been rudely ripped. At the very least, the overall tech package is a great deal more impactful than that of the 3-D-lensed Friday the 13th Part III (1982)". He added, in spite of the "state-of-the-art 3-D camera trickery, which helmer Patrick Lussier shamelessly exploits to goose the audience with cheap thrills and full-bore gore, My Bloody Valentine is at heart an unabashedly retro work, reveling in the cliches and conventions of the slasher horror pics that proliferated in the early 1980s".
Mark Olsen of the Los Angeles Times said, the implemented 3-D technology enables "startling effects, but after a while the minor thrill of the trick is gone. Advances in digital technology have allowed the filmmakers to largely avoid the physical headaches that are perhaps the biggest hallmark of the cyclical attempts at 3-D moviemaking". He added, "wooden performances by forgettable, generic actors -- again, just like in the original -- don't aid in making things any less leaden", concluding My Bloody Valentine 3D is "just good enough to not be annoying".
Jeannette Catsoulis of The New York Times said, "the creaky screenplay (by Todd Farmer and Zane Smith) is mercilessly at odds with the director's fine sense of pacing. From the moment you duck a flying mandible and gaze, mesmerized, at a severed hand oozing two inches from your nose, you'll be convinced that the extra dimension was worth seeking out. A strange synergy of old and new, My Bloody Valentine 3D blends cutting-edge technology and old-school prosthetics to produce something both familiar and alien: gore you can believe in".
Clark Collis of Entertainment Weekly graded the film a C+ and said that it "starts in spectacular fashion. But what really leaps out at you about My Bloody Valentine 3-D is its lack of imagination". Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter felt, "While the concept of adding 3-D to the horror genre is hardly new ... Patrick Lussier's film is the most accomplished example. The 3-D effects come fast and furious, rendered with a technical skill and humor that gives this otherwise strictly formulaic slasher picture whatever entertainment value it possesses." He added, "the three leads actually manage to invest their roles with some depth, but the real acting treats come courtesy of veteran character actors Kevin Tighe and Atkins, whose presence provides a comforting bridge to horror films past."
Both home release versions have both a standard 2D version and the 3D version on the same disc using seamless branching. However, a special Blu-ray version was also created specifically for online rental chains like Netflix and Blockbuster.
On October 5, 2010, Lionsgate Home Entertainment released My Bloody Valentine 3D on Blu-ray 3D which requires a 3D-capable HDTV, 3D Blu-ray player and 3D glasses. The disc also includes a 2D version of the film and all bonus materials included in the 2D Blu-ray version released after the film's initial theater run.
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