Movie Review: My Bloody Valentine (2009)

by StevenHelmer

A review of the 2009 slasher movie starring Jensen Ackles and Jaime King.

Synopsis: A year after surviving a coal mining accident that left him and 5 other miners trapped, Harry Warden, already guilty of killing the other five in an effort to save himself, wakes from his coma and goes on a killing spree. He is stopped but, on the 10th anniversary of his slayings, more people are murdered in a similar fashion. With Warden presumed dead, suspicions begin to fall on Tom Hanniger, the son of the mine's owner and the man who caused the accident that trapped Warden and the other miners.

Review

We wound up spending some family time with the kids yesterday afternoon (looking at a Christmas light show before going out for dinner). But, after we got home, my wife and I decided to let the kids do something on their own so we could have some time to ourselves.

I came across this movie on Netflix earlier this week and, since it had been a while since we watched it, decided to do so. As has been the case in the past, we were very entertained by it.

There are a couple things I really like about this film. The first is the fact the killing starts almost immediately. This is something I wish more horror movies would do because, while it is important to get some background information about the various characters, there's really no reason to drag that out and, as this film shows, it can easily be done while the killer is already on the loose.

I also liked the mystery surrounding the killer. Tom (Ackles) is the most obvious suspect, especially since the killing didn't start until he came back to town. But, there were also a number of other people who could have been pulling it off as well, including the local sheriff (Smith), who seemed like he was hiding a secret and, at times, looked like he wasn't mentally stable. Plus, since nobody could find Harry Warden's (Walters) body, it was very possible he was still the one committing the crimes.

In fact, as we were watching this last night, I realized my only real regret was not being able to see it in 3D. Some of the scenes that were obviously made with that in mind looked like they would be pretty awesome without being too obvious (as is the case with many other 3D horror films). Fortunately, the movie was still worth watching even without those effects.

Final Opinion

The movie is a bit gory and probably isn't a film that would be right for everyone as a result of that. However, overall, it's a fun film to watch and my wife and I did find we enjoyed every minute of it. I would recommend it as a result of that.

My Grade: A

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Updated: 12/09/2018, StevenHelmer
 
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