I have to say I’m pretty impressed with Patrick Lussier’s remake of My Bloody Valentine. He has managed to revamp (in my opinion) one of the true classic slasher films of the 80’s without causing much damage or completely desecrating the source material. Unlike another very sad attempt at remaking or revising (let’s be honest – completely destroying and trampling) another genre classic – Prom Night – this film actually sticks close to the storyline of the original. The Prom Night remake was such a useless, unchallenging, and suspenseless exploitation of a familiar brand name that it wouldn’t have been too hard to top it. I digress. This is a My Bloody Valentine remake review. It’s hard to believe, but the movie is actually entertaining and fun.
In the My Bloody Valentine remake, “a tragedy changed the town of Harmony forever ten years ago. Tom Hanniger, an inexperienced coal miner, caused an accident in the tunnels that trapped and killed five men and sent the only survivor, Harry Warden, into a permanent coma. Then, exactly one year later, on Valentine’s Day, Harry Warden woke up–and brutally murdered twenty-two people with a pickaxe before being killed. Ten years later, Tom Hanniger returns to Harmony on Valentine’s Day, still haunted by the deaths he caused. Struggling to make amends with his past, he grapples with unresolved feelings for his ex-girlfriend Sarah, who is now married to his best friend Axel, the town sheriff. But tonight, after years of peace, something from Harmony’s dark past has returned. Wearing a miner’s mask and armed with a pickaxe, an unstoppable killer is on the loose. And as his footsteps come ever closer, Tom, Sarah and Axel realize in terror it just might be Harry Warden who’s come back to claim them.
Now I’m not a purist and always welcome retreads of old material if done well. My taste to some is questionable, however, so take my review with a grain of salt. I actually liked The Fog and Amityville Horror remakes. I thought of them as additions and expansions on the classics versus cheap copies. Like I said earlier, the story of the original is left pretty much intact here. There’s a few new things thrown in to keep it fresh, but overall the general framework is there. There’s also some really cool spins and twists that are thrown in to keep you on your toes.
The 3-D was used very well and really did add a lot to the viewing experience. I’ve only seen a few 3-D movies, but this one really did pop out at you. I felt myself trying to lean in my seat to look around a corner with the character. I heard one guy behind me comment that it was like a pop-up book. Pretty much every scene had depth, unlike a lot of the older attempts at 3-D, where it feels like there are certain sections designed for the effect and then you go back to just watching a regular movie.
The lead actors in this film (Jensen Ackles, Jamie King, and Kerr Smith) all put forth a good amount of effort in their roles. A lot of the supporting actors are average at best. Genre icon Tom Atkins (The Fog, Escape from New York, Halloween III, Maniac Cop) is well cast here and adds a sort of classy air to his role as retired sheriff Burke.
The killings in this film are pretty graphic. This is definitely not your typical PG-13 gore here. This is old-fashioned 80’s slasher bloodletting. There are some interesting angles and effects used to up the gore factor through the 3-D.
They are promoting this as a “date movie” in hell or through hell or whatever. This is true if your girlfriend is a horror / slasher fanatic and has an appreciation for some bloodshed. If she has any issues with nudity or it creates tension or awkwardness between the two of you, I would steer clear of this on date night. I personally don’t understand why it even has to be in the movies. Most would say it’s just tradition for these kinds of movies, but whatever. I couldn’t care less about any of that. I go for the jumps and gore fun.
In closing, I have to give props to director Lussier again. Unlike his take on The Incredible Hulk, which I found annoyingly filmed in that quick cut MTV video style, this is surprisingly shot with some class and he gives you a chance to take in the scenes. They don’t just happen and then you’re left trying to figure out what just transpired in front of you.
Source: Yahoo! Movies