Wednesday, 20 August 2014

My Bloody Valentine (3D) (2009) - Insane massacre!

I have to say, for all of those who are huge fans of slasher horrors; this by far is the best film for you! The gore starts from the moment the film starts by covering the history of the massacre in the old coal mine ten years ago, and throughout the film right until the end. If you are really that interested in the gore itself more than the horror, then the 3D feature within the film perfectly ensures that human eyes, hearts and other body parts coming flying out of the screen towards you! The film is full of jump-scares, although some are unfortunately unexpected. For the full horror experience, I recommend that if you decide to watch this, ensure that you are shrouded in darkness! The film itself is very eerie at points and I believe that this is down to the character of 'the miner' and the spooky mines themselves. 
I must say, the miner character was an absolutely exceptional idea in gripping the audience's nerves due to the creepy way he rapidly breathed in and out to make a frightening sound. The mines - well they were a truly sublime setting for a horror. I have to say that I was very impressed with this idea, as I have never witnessed a horror movie use old coal mines as the setting, so it was good to see something new. They perfectly developed a spooky atmosphere, since the mines were abandoned after the massacre 10 years ago, until now being used again on the 10th anniversary of Valentine's Day.
I would say this film was decent - not an ultimate failure (as most horrors are nowadays) but not amazing although it had its fantastic features. A lot of the film was easy to anticipate and I kind of knew right away that Tom Hanniger (Jensen Ackles) was the killer overall. There were too many hints in his character throughout the film and so despite the attempts to make the ending such a surprise, it wasn't really, for me. The movie lasts a fairly long time being 101 minutes, and being directed by Patrick Lussier. In the mining town of Harmony, a drilling accident is caused by the son of the owner, Tom Hanniger (Jensen Ackles). The mine collapses, burying six miners alive. The rescue team finds only Harry Warden (Richard John Walters) alive, but in coma, and the other miners murdered by his pickaxe, and they conclude that Harry killed them to save oxygen for himself. On Valentine's Day, Harry awakes from his coma in the local hospital, and he kills twenty-two people, including a group of teenagers that are partying in the mine. Harry is killed by the deputy, but the only survivors are Tom Hanniger, his girlfriend Sarah (Jaime King), their friend Axel Palmer (Kerr Smith) and his girlfriend Irene (Betsy Rue). Ten years later, Tom returns to Harmony after the death of his father. Tom has decided to sell the Hanniger Mine, and finds that Sarah has married Axel, who is now the local sheriff, and they have a son named Noah. On Valentine's Day, Harry Warden also returns, seeking revenge against those that had escaped his pickaxe in the past and Tom is accused by Axel and other locals, who in turn makes accusations against Axel.
The plot was fairly average in my opinion, being rather clichéd about a killer wanting to avenge the teenagers who escaped his massacre. The acting was also average - there were too many moments where some characters did not seem shocked at all or desperate to get away from the miner by doing completely stupid, and clichéd things such as walking backwards into the entrance of a house. I mean come on, it's so expected that from the camera angle, a scare would be coming and within seconds, the miner would recklessly slice the victim in two.
Another thing I am shocked with so far is that there has not been a sequel to this film. At the end we clearly see Tom escape from the mines by using an old gas mask, so is that it? Has he just run away now, or will he perhaps go on another killing spree on another valentine's day? 
One feature I forgot to mention that I really liked was near the end, when Axel and his wife were hiding from the miner. As he smashed the light bulbs one by one, there was a flicker in his appearance from his normal body, and the miner suit which helped to build tension and momentum.

Overall, I thought it was a fairly average film. The plot was simple (but clichéd sadly), there was an overwhelming amount of blood and guts - a.k.a - a pure bloodshed! However, I was disappointed with the acting at numerous incidents and the ending unfortunately wasn't the best for me either. I would recommend it however as in the slasher category, it was very good. Worth a watch.

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