Remakes are in the air and MY BLOODY VALENTINE in 3-D is the first one to step out of the gates for 2009. Although I’ve never had the chance of viewing the original, I came with an open mind when I went with a group of my friends to go see this film. The bonus of viewing this film is the fact that it is in digital 3-D (which I’ve seen everything from U2 3D to BEOWULF to HARRY POTTER & THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX in this new format) which many of my friends had never seen a film in.
Although the film’s plot is very derivative the added bonus of it being in 3-D was what made me enjoy the film more then I probably should have. The film concerns Tom Hanniger (Jensen Ackles) who returns to his mining time home after a ten year disappearing act. You see, ten years ago a miner went crazy and killed a bunch of town’s people and almost killed Tom. The incident left Tom scarred for life. When he returns home all he wants to do is sale off the mine where the incident happened (and which he owns over 50%) and get on with his life which might include his former sweetheart Sarah (Jaime King), who when after he left married Axel (Kerr Smith) who is now the town Sherriff. When bodies start popping up again on the ten anniversary of the Valentine’s Day massacre all blame points to Tom, but is Tom really responsible or has the killer from ten years back decided to finish what he started a long time ago?
MY BLOODY VALENTINE works not only because of the 3-D effects (although they do help) but because the film does not pull any punches in terms of scares and suspense and violence (which there is plenty of). It relies on audiences to actually be terrified of what’s on the screen in the same way that the SCREAM films tapped into that same basic instinct and reaction (which is why those films were so popular).
I’ve seen a lot of horror films so I may be a bit jaded but there is little presented in MY BLOODY VALENTINE that is actually new (many fans will recognize the FRIDAY THE 13TH and WRONG TURN references right away) but the addition of the digital 3-D goes a long way in allowing you to forget all of that in order to just sit back and enjoy the roller coaster ride. The end may get a little over-convoluted especially when the rest of the films plays it loose but there is nothing that will deter you from having a good time, so, just put on your 3-D glasses, hold on to your date (or allow them to hold onto you), and sit back and enjoy the ride because who knows when the next one will be.