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My Bloody Valentine (2009)

  • Rate: 5.5/10 total 26,277 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Thriller
  • Release Date: 16 January 2009 (USA)
  • Runtime: 101 min
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My Bloody Valentine (2009)


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  • IMDb page: My Bloody Valentine (2009)
  • Rate: 5.5/10 total 26,277 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Thriller
  • Release Date: 16 January 2009 (USA)
  • Runtime: 101 min
  • Filming Location: Bethel, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Budget: $15,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $51,545,952(USA)(12 March 2009)
  • Director: Patrick Lussier
  • Stars: Jensen Ackles, Jaime King and Kerr Smith
  • Original Music By: Michael Wandmacher   
  • Soundtrack: Trade
  • Sound Mix: DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Mine | Valentine | Coma | Miner | Valentine's Day

Writing Credits By:

  • Todd Farmer (screenplay) and
  • Zane Smith (screenplay)
  • John Beaird (1981 screenplay)
  • Stephen A. Miller (1981 story) (as Stephen Miller)

Known Trivia

  • The film was shot in Pennsylvania, because it allowed the production crew to take advantage of the state’s tax incentives for filmmaking.
  • The first R-rated film projected in Real D technology.
  • The screenwriter, Todd Farmer, also appears in the film playing the role of Frank the trucker.
  • The first two characters killed on screen are named Jason and Michael, an homage to characters from the Friday the 13th and Halloween series where the killers are non-speaking. A direct reference to the films is how they die – trademark features of the characters.
  • The film was made into a haunted house at Universal’s “Halloween Horror Nights”.
  • A flyer on a wall indicates that Valentine’s Day is Saturday, February 14th. That would mean the previous day is Friday the 13th.

Goofs: Continuity: At the showdown in the gallery, Sarah's finger switches positions in several shots. Once the finger is on the trigger, in another shot it's behind the trigger or not bent at all.

Plot: Tom returns to his hometown on the tenth anniversary of the Valentine's night massacre that claimed the lives of 22 people. Instead of a homecoming, however, Tom finds himself suspected of committing the murders, and it seems like his old flame is the only one will believes he's innocent. Full summary »  »

Story: In the mining town of Harmony, a drilling accident is caused by the son of the owner, Tom Hanniger. The mine collapses, burying six miners alive. The rescue team finds only Harry Warden alive, but in coma, and the other miners murdered by his pickax, 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, their friend Axel Palmer and his girlfriend Irene. 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…Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  


Synopsis: The movie starts with radio broadcasts and police communications going back and forth. Through them we learn that there has been a cave-in at the north side of Hanniger Mining Co. Eventually, rescue teams find six people in the shaft — five of them dead and one of them, Harry Warden (Richard John Walters), in a coma. The local papers are soon accusing Harry of having gone crazy and murdering the other five miners to prolong his air supply, and given the condition of some bodies there is enough evidence to support this. Exactly one year later, on Valentine’s Day, we see Harry’s brain remembering the last few minutes before the collapse, which consist of him telling Tom (Jensen Ackles), the son of the boss, to not screw up and threatening him a little. Something goes wrong, however, and soon everything is collapsing and Tom barely makes it out alive. Suddenly Harry wakes up and looks around, trying to bring his memory up to date. A nurse enters the room and before she can sound the alarm, gets killed by Harry.

Not long after, we see Sheriff Burke (Tom Atkins) and one of his deputies touring the hospital massacre scene (makes the Saw movies look like a Lassie film). They enter Harry’s room and see him missing and a nurse with her heart removed and on the counter beneath a message reading "HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY" and are soon giving chase, figuring that he’d head to the mine. Meanwhile, over at said mine, a big senior party is in full-swing for the high-school set. One of the kids, Axel (Kerr Smith), is making out with his girlfriend Irene (Betsy Rue) while waiting for her friend Sarah to arrive, although Axel isn’t excited since she’ll be bringing Tom in all likelihood. Sure enough, Sarah (Jaime King) does arrive with Tom and the boys are naturally cool towards each other. Axel and Irene head into the mine with Axel telling her that he doesn’t trust Tom as Sarah and Tom hang back a second. Tom reassures Sarah that he’s fine with being there and they go in. The foursome splits up (as one does in "haunted" houses) and Sarah is soon lost. She calls out for Tom and is surprised by some kid named Jason. He calls for his buddy but instead gets pickaxed from behind by Harry. Sarah screams and runs, but Harry has already been through, killing nearly everyone. She runs into Axel and Irene and the three of them hide just as Jason’s friend comes up. The friend inadvertently reveals them before getting killed and the trio heads for the front entrance. They pass Tom and drag him along, but Tom trips on some wires and gets abandoned. Axel shoves the girls into his car despite Sarah’s attempts to get to Tom just as Harry throws a pickaxe at them, which comes within centimeters of impaling Sarah (it gets stuck in the windshield). They back out of there just as Burke and his deputy arrive. The two of them shoot at Harry just before he can kill Tom, and Harry heads deeper into the mine as Burke and the deputy give chase…

Ten years later, we enter in on now-sheriff Axel having lunch in a diner while watching an interview of himself on TV regarding the ten-year anniversary of the "Valentine’s Day Massacre", during which he loudly and profanely tells the reporters to, essentially, get a life (note that that’s watered way down). One of the customers, miner Ben Foley (Kevin Tighe), starts sarcastically congratulating Axel about the interview just as one of Axel’s deputies, Martin (Edi Gathegi) comes in and pulls him out to work. As he’s driving, Axel gets a call from his wife, Sarah (yes, Tom’s Sarah), and they talk for a few minutes before she gets back to her job working at a local grocery store (not chain, just….local). A little later, we see Axel pulled up outside his dad’s cabin and we see that inside he is having sex with Sarah’s co-worker Megan (Megan Boone). She tries to give him a box of Valentine’s chocolates with a note that says "Be Mine 4 Ever", and he accepts as graciously as a married man wanting to keep a secret could.

Not far away, we see Tom looking out over the mine, watching the workers do their thing. That night he goes over to Ben’s house and is told that they’re not selling until Monday, which Tom is less than pleased with. Ben says that Tom’s dad would be disappointed that Tom is selling the mine, but Tom doesn’t care — he just wants to sell the place and get back out of town. He goes to a motel and grabs a room from the dwarf hotel manager, inadvertently passing a room where he sees Irene and a trucker having very loud sex….in the room right next to his. As Tom tries to shut them out, Irene and the trucker finish up. Irene (completely naked) starts waxing philosophic about Valentine’s Day and the Romans (short version: the males were randomly assigned secret sex slaves for the next year by pulling the girls names out of a hat….or something like that). Frank doesn’t care and pulls a camera out of his bag, showing that he taped it, and throws some money at Irene, calling her a whore and walking out. Irene throws the money at the door, goes into her bathroom, and grabs a gun from under the sink. She walks into the parking lot (still naked) and demands the tape from Frank, who calls her bluff by pointing out the lack of bullets, which in turn makes her use the gun as a projectile weapon (she throws it at his head and scores a bulls-eye). He curses and opens the truck door…and gets pickaxed by a guy in a miner outfit. Irene screams and runs for the phone in the office, just barely getting through to the cops before moving to hide in the manager’s room. She gets under the bed (still naked) just as the miner enters the room. He looks around but doesn’t see her in the closet and is about to leave before the manager starts calling for her pug dog. She looks in the closet and gets pickaxed through half her body and into the overhead lights. Irene lets out a squeal and is discovered. She manages to keep the bed frame between her and the miner while carrying it towards the door with her (not bolted down), but eventually she loses it and is pickaxed through the stomach….again….and again….

Not long after, Axel and all his cops are there, including deputies Martin and Ferris (Karen Baum). They look at the mutilated bodies and discover something missing — Irene’s heart. They check the guest log and find Tom’s name as the last person who registered for a room. The investigation continues into the next day, when Axel gets a valentine from a secret admirer….and inside it is Irene’s heart. Meanwhile, at Sarah’s store, she is working the register when Tom comes up to her, wanting to get together with her and talk things out, although she is less than willing to, what with being married. That night, as Axel investigates and Sarah works, we see Tom getting into a bar fight with all the miners who will now be out of work once the mine closes…although the real cause is more the fact that they think he had something to do with the murders. Foley and Burke step in, and Burke tells Tom to get out of there, since he is unwilling to save Tom’s life a third time. Later that night, Sarah is putting her and Tom’s son Noah to bed and sending their house sitter Nora home when she hears Axel watching the tape from the hotel. He tells her what happened and mentions how Tom is a suspect and some people are saying that Harry Warden is back from the dead. When she tells him that Tom spoke to her earlier at the store, he cautions her and tells her to call him if Tom tries to get in touch with her again.

The next morning, Sarah is opening the store when Tom pops up behind her. They take a brief walk and Sarah explains that she can’t be with Tom because he spent the last ten years running. She leaves him and he heads up to the mine, determined to talk to Ben and tell him that he’s not selling and is staying. He is told that Ben is currently in tunnel 3 and, after being outfitted, is driven down there by a guy named Red. They stop at the main intersection and Red rings 3 as Tom heads to some electrical equipment behind a chain-link door. Something shoves him in there and he turns and sees the miner, which terrifies him into silence. The miner gestures with his pickaxe for him to be quiet and then wedges the lock shut. The miner turns and heads for Red, who manages to see him and fights him off as over the phone the other miners hear his shouts and start converging. The miner gets the upper hand and drives the axe through Red’s forehead before starting an attempt to take out his heart. This gets interrupted by the approaching miners, though, and the miner runs off just as the rest of the crew comes running up, at first thinking that it’s Tom’s fault before saner heads point out how he was stuck in there. They snap the lock open and Tom is taken to a hospital where he gets stitched up while telling his story to Axel, who doesn’t believe a word of it, since he knows Harry Warden is dead. Ben, who was stuck in tunnel 3, finally arrives and Axel reveals that he knows what Harry and the sheriff and the other town fathers did with Harry — namely, dispatch him vigilante-style and bury him in the woods. Less than two hours later, Axel, Sarah, Martin, Tom, Ben, and Burke are hiking through the woods towards Harry’s gravesite. Burke is explaining that a bunch of them got together after the massacre and tracked him down into the mine. They shot him full of bullets and then gave him a better burial then he deserved (according to Burke), so he is definitely dead. They come upon an exit from one of the mine tunnels, which Ben and Burke identify as the site but the site has already been unburied.

Back at the police station, Axel is interrogating Tom, but Tom is sticking to his story and saying that he’s probably gonna stay in town for good this time. Axel gets upset and starts throwing stuff around but Martin breaks it up. Tom is let go and both he and Axel make vows (Tom to Sarah, Axel to Martin) that they will find the guy doing this.Click Here

That night, we see Tom hanging around the mines after dark. He approaches the exterior entrance to Tunnel 5. He looks inside and sees….nothing. He steps back outside but the door doesn’t close all the way and it creaks open again. He stares back at it but before he can do anything further he sees the miner watching him from the forest. The pickaxe gets pointed at him but the miner simply turns and walks away. Tom gives chase and eventually is led to Axel’s cabin, of all places. Tom goes in the open door and looks around. Meanwhile, Ben is drunk at home and playing with a shotgun (it’s unloaded) when someone knocks on his door. He yells for who it is but no one answers. He gets up and loads the shotgun. Cautiously, he looks around outside but sees nothing and laughs it off, cursing Harry for making him jump at shadows. He goes back inside and unloads the gun just as Harry/the miner steps out from the shadows. Ben turns and manages to get the shotgun up to defended against the axe. The shotgun gets batted away but Harry misses again as Ben rolls and the axe goes into the floor, pointy end up. Harry manages to get his hands around Ben and, after some more struggling, drives him into the axe. Over at the station, we see Axel getting more and more frustrated, especially since both Tom and Ben are missing-in-action. That record ends, though, when they get a call saying that Ben is dead. Axel orders Ferris over to his house to watch his kid and him and Martin head over to Harry’s to check things out there.

Meanwhile, Megan and Sarah are busy closing up the grocery store when they hear a noise up front. After verifying that Megan did indeed lock the front door, they check it out and see that the door is still locked and that no one is there. Another noise sounds from in the back and they star looking up the aisles, just barely missing seeing Harry in the back. They split up and Sarah goes up the freezer aisle and is attacked by Harry. He puts his axe in one of the freezers and starts trying to get her but she manages to hit him with a leg of lamb. He chases her, but is distracted by Megan attacking him with a mop. The two girls run to the loading area and into the office, pursued by Harry and his axe. They shove a few things against the door as he tries to get through and Megan starts trying to unlock the exterior screen so they can escape through the window while Sarah quickly calls the cops. She gets it open and is halfway out before they realize Harry has gone. Sarah tries to pull Megan back in but Harry gets to her first and pulls her out. Sarah gets back out of the office and heads for the front door where Axel is just outside (suspicious?). He pulls her out and they head around the corner to find Megan’s body flayed with the heart missing and the words "BE MINE 4 EVER" scrawled in blood above her body. A little later, Sarah is being treated by an ambulance team and is about to be taken to a hospital when she tells Axel that she knows that he and Megan were sleeping together.

Elsewhere, we see things unfolding pretty much normally at the Palmer household, with Noah watching cartoons and Nora doing laundry….until Harry sneaks up behind Nora and makes quick work of her. Outside, Ferris is in her car almost asleep when Burke knocks on the window and tells her that Harry is inside. Ferris takes point and finds Noah crouched behind the couch and Nora in the washing machine while Burke tries to secure the porch and instead gets axed. Over at the hospital, Sarah is getting her wounds bandaged when she gets a call. She answers and hears Tom on the other end, telling her not to trust Axel and that he found something he needs to show her. He picks her up from the hospital just as Axel gets a call from Martin regarding something about Tom. As Tom is driving Sarah up to the mine and stressing how sure he is that Axel is doing all the killing, Sarah gets a call from Axel. Tom tells her not to answer but she does, and Axel tells her that Martin found out Tom was in a mental institution for seven years. He tells her to try to get away and then call him and they quickly hang up. She tries to tell Tom to stop and when that doesn’t work she grabs they wheel and yanks it so hard that the car impales itself on an overturned tree branch. Tom gets knocked out momentarily, and Sarah escapes. She calls Axel and he tells her to go to his dad’s old cabin (the one Tom was at earlier). She gets there just as Tom finally crawls out of the car and inside she finds about three hundred heart-shaped candy boxes and one miner trying to kill her. She runs for the front door but can’t get it open so she goes with the option of diving out a second-story window onto the sloping roof and running from there to the mine.

At the mine, Sarah runs into the wide-open Tunnel 5 entrance and heads into a locker room where she quickly gets lost among the maze of falling miner outfits. The miner shows up and starts hacking through them and she goes out the other end and into the mine proper. She runs throughout the tunnels and runs into Axel. She steals his gun and tells him about the boxes, but he thinks (at first) that she’s just talking about the one from Megan and is confused when she points out the other three hundred. Tom comes out a side tunnel and she points the gun at him too, although both are saying the other is the killer. Axel suggests shooting them both and Sarah seems about to do it when Tom points out that "Be Mine 4 Ever", the message over Megan’s body, was the same as what she wrote to Axel. Sarah stops breathing and slowly asks Tom how he knows about that, since she didn’t tell him. Before he can answer he sees Harry behind Sarah and tries to warn her, but she doesn’t believe him and Harry….walks right through her. She tells him that Harry isn’t there and Axel realizes that he is there….inside Tom, and we now see Tom digging up Harry’s body and taking off the outfit after doing the killings and attacking Irene and seeing Harry in the mirror (make your inevitable Fight Club comparisons now). Axel asks "Harry" if that’s right, and Tom grins and says, "Oh yeah," before attacking Axel full-on. The two struggle and Axel gets a pickaxe through the gut (non-lethal). Sarah knocks Tom into some old crates and she and Axel run, hiding behind a corner like they did ten years ago. Tom gets it together and starts for them, knocking out lights as he goes. Axel gives Sarah his gun with one bullet and tells her not to miss. She waits until Tom is right by some gas tanks and then fires. The bullet hits home and then goes right through Tom, hitting the tanks and making them explode and the walls collapse.

Some time later, we see a bunch of miners searching the rubble for any survivors. One guy thinks he sees something and heads on ahead. He starts talking to the victim he found, Tom, and telling him he’ll be okay. Tom stares at the guy, seemingly not comprehending, and then he picks up a pickaxe and drives it through the guys skull. Outside, Sarah and Axel are being brought out — her on her feet, him on a stretcher. They tell each other they love each other as Martin approaches. He asks them what happened to Tom and they tell him that Tom is dead. As the ambulance drives away, the rescue team comes out, all accounted for. They start to disperse, heading their separate ways, and one of them pauses at the top of the hill for a look around. He takes off his mask, and glances around. Tom nods, satisfied, and then heads off into the forest…


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • John Dunning known as executive producer
  • André Link known as executive producer
  • Jonathan McCoy known as line producer
  • Jack L. Murray known as producer
  • Michael Paseornek known as executive producer
  • Hernany Perla known as associate producer
  • John Sacchi known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Jensen Ackles known as Tom Hanniger
  • Jaime King known as Sarah Palmer
  • Kerr Smith known as Axel Palmer
  • Betsy Rue known as Irene
  • Edi Gathegi known as Deputy Martin
  • Tom Atkins known as Sheriff Jim Burke
  • Kevin Tighe known as Ben Foley
  • Megan Boone known as Megan
  • Karen Baum known as Deputy Ferris
  • Joy de la Paz known as Rosa
  • Marc Macaulay known as Riggs
  • Todd Farmer known as Frank the Trucker
  • Jeff Hochendoner known as Red
  • Bingo O'Malley known as Officer Hinch
  • Liam Rhodes known as Michael
  • Michael McKee known as Jason (as Michael Roberts McKee)
  • Andrew Larson known as Noah Palmer
  • Jarrod DiGiorgi known as Doc Miller
  • Selene Luna known as Selene
  • Cherie McClain known as Commentator
  • Richard John Walters known as Harry Warden / The Miner (as Rich Walters)
  • David Whalen known as Bartender '08
  • Denise Dal Vera known as Nurse
  • Sam Nicotero known as Bartender '98
  • Tim Hartman known as Eli Hanniger
  • Ruth Flaherty known as Thelma
  • Annie Kitral known as Desk Clerk
  • Jerry Johnston known as Verne
  • Rita Gregory known as Female Doctor
  • Brandi Engel known as Teen Straggler
  • Mightie Louis Greenberg known as Louis
  • Sara Brooks
  • Nicole Leigh Belle known as Nurse from the Past (uncredited)
  • Chris Carnel known as The Miner (uncredited)
  • Sam Harris known as Sheriff Murray (uncredited)
  • Greg Hartle known as Miner (uncredited)
  • Jesse Iwanonkiw known as Killed Miner (uncredited)
  • John W. Iwanonkiw known as Miner #7 (uncredited)
  • Jeffrey Jones known as Sheriff (uncredited)
  • William Kania known as Deputy Murdock (uncredited)
  • Zachary Mazefsky known as TV News Cameraman (uncredited)
  • Sean P. McCarthy known as Coal Miner (uncredited)
  • Jackson Nunn known as Bar Guy #3 (uncredited)
  • Beth Pedone known as Rescue Miner (uncredited)
  • Jared Pfennigwerth known as Dead Teen (uncredited)
  • Kyle Quinn known as Rescue Miner (uncredited)
  • Joe Shelby known as Killed Miner #1 (uncredited)
  • Henry Tjernlund known as Rescue Miner (uncredited)
  • James Werley known as Rescue Worker (uncredited)
  • Giovanna Yannotti known as Dead Party Teen (uncredited)
  • Nick Zezza known as Rescue Miner (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Denise Baer known as special makeup effects crew
  • Jeff L. Deist known as special makeup effects crew
  • Debra Dietrich known as key hair stylist
  • Jamie Grove known as special makeup effects crew
  • Snowy Highfield known as special makeup effects crew
  • Emma Jacobs known as special makeup effects crew (as Emma "Blood Girl" Jacobs)
  • Sarah Mays known as makeup department head
  • Mike J. Regan known as special makeup effects crew
  • Solina Tabrizi known as department head hair stylist
  • Gary J. Tunnicliffe known as special makeup effects designer
  • Claire Jane Vranian known as special makeup effects crew

Art Department:

  • Timothy Barnhill known as on-set dresser: additional crew
  • Vincent Borrelli known as scenic artist
  • Robert Buncher known as construction gangboss
  • Daragh Byrne known as carpenter
  • Matthew Carraher known as assistant props
  • Joe T. Conard known as set dresser
  • Darien N. D'Alfonso known as paint foreman
  • Jolene Elyse Dames known as buyer (as Jolene Elyse Drylie)
  • Jolene Elyse Dames known as set dresser (as Jolene Elyse Drylie)
  • James Gurnsey Jr. known as set dresser
  • David Hassinger known as set dresser
  • Jim Heastings known as carpenter
  • Joshua Hogan known as painter
  • Norm Johnson known as carpenter
  • Gregory Jones known as leadman
  • Eva Kamienska-Carter known as assistant art director
  • Brett Kennedy known as set dresser
  • Bao-Uy Luu known as graphic artist
  • Lauri Mancuso known as charge scenic painter
  • Michael McKee known as carpenter
  • Sam Noel known as set dresser
  • Mary O'Brien known as stand-by scenic
  • Beth Pedone known as graphic designer
  • Brent Peelor known as construction foreman
  • Laura Pliskin known as art production assistant
  • Brandon A. Plonka known as set dresser
  • Gregory Puchalski known as set dresser
  • Jocelyn Roach known as buyer
  • Michael Sabo known as property master
  • Scott G. Smith known as carpenter
  • Kelley Snyder known as art department coordinator
  • Mamie Stein known as on-set dresser
  • Lance R. Walters known as leadman
  • Joseph Waterkotte known as construction coordinator
  • Shane Welsh known as carpenter
  • Mark Zang known as carpenter
  • Edgar Um Bucholtz known as painter (uncredited)
  • Jeff Lavezoli known as storyboard artist (uncredited)
  • Jason Shumaker known as utility (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • Lionsgate

Other Companies:

  • Mi Casa Multimedia  DVD/BD 5.1, 7.1 3D mix mastering
  • Atlantic Cine Equipment  GyronFS aerial system
  • Behind the Scenes Freight  shipping by
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera cranes
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • David Haddad  transportation equipment
  • Gallagher Entertainment  insurance
  • Haddad's  transportation equipment
  • Kallista Marketing & PR  international publicity
  • Lionsgate Records  soundtrack
  • Northwest Sinfonia  music performed by
  • P S TECHNIK  camera equipment provided by
  • PIC Agency  titles
  • Red Digital Cinema  camera equipment provided by
  • Rice Gorton Pictures Ltd.  post-production accounting services
  • Scarlet Letters  end titles
  • Sessions Payroll Management  extras payroll services
  • Silicon Imaging  camera equipment provided by
  • Technicolor Digital Intermediates  digital intermediate


  • Alfa Films (2009) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • RCV Film Distribution (2009) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Scanbox Entertainment (2009) (Finland) (theatrical)
  • Ascot Elite Entertainment Group (2009) (Switzerland) (all media)
  • Best Film (2009) (Poland) (all media)
  • Eagle Films (2009) (non-USA) (all media) (Middle East)
  • Film1 (2010) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Hoyts Distribution (2009) (Australia) (all media)
  • Intercontinental Film Distributors (HK) (2009) (Hong Kong) (all media)
  • LNK Audiovisuais (2009) (Portugal) (all media)
  • Lionsgate (2009) (UK) (all media)
  • Lionsgate (2009) (USA) (all media)
  • Maple Pictures (2009) (Canada) (all media)
  • Metropolitan Filmexport (2009) (France) (all media)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment Finland (2009) (Finland) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • PlayArte Filmes (2009) (Brazil) (all media)
  • RCV Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Scanbox Entertainment (2009) (Denmark) (all media)
  • Scanbox Entertainment (2009) (Norway) (all media)
  • Scanbox Entertainment (2009) (Iceland) (all media)
  • Scanbox Entertainment (2009) (Sweden) (all media)
  • Shaw Organisation (2009) (Singapore) (all media)
  • Spentzos Films (2009) (Greece) (all media)
  • Transeuropa Video Entertainment (TVE) (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • TriPictures (2009) (Spain) (all media)
  • Xanadeux Company (2009) (Japan) (all media)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Asylum VFX (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Jamie Baxter known as digital compositor
  • Trinh Baxter known as digital compositor
  • Jason Bidwell known as digital effects artist: Asylum FX
  • Kathy Chasen-Hay known as visual effects executive producer: Asylum
  • Zac Chowdhury known as digital artist
  • Sarah Coatts known as visual effects producer: PIC
  • Brian Conlon known as visual effects supervisor: PIC Agency
  • Caitlin Content known as compositing supervisor
  • Sean Devereaux known as Inferno artist: Asylum
  • Chris Ervin known as digital effects artist
  • Javier Gallego known as stereoscopic compositor
  • Todd Hemsley known as inferno artist
  • Joe Ken known as compositing supervisor: Asylum
  • Ali Laventhol known as digital compositor
  • Valy Lungoccia known as digital effects artist
  • Devin C. Lussier known as visual effects editor
  • Mindy Minkow known as titles coordinator
  • Roger Mocenigo known as compositor: XY&Z
  • Steve Muangman known as digital compositor: Asylum Visual Effects
  • Chris Newton known as 3D artist
  • Jeremy Nicolaides known as stereoscopic supervisor: Sassoon Film Design
  • Eddie Offermann known as software and tracking
  • Midori Otsubo known as digital artist: Asylum (as Midori Witsken)
  • John Pierce known as stereoscopic compositor
  • Kosta Saric known as visual effects editor: Asylum Visual Effects
  • Brad Scott known as Inferno artist: Asylum
  • Michael Shelton known as animation and lighting: Asylum FX
  • Frank Spiziri known as visual effects producer: Asylum
  • John Stewart known as digital compositor: Asylum
  • Mike Uguccioni known as visual effects supervisor
  • Joe VanDalsem known as 3D artist
  • Marc Varisco known as visual effects supervisor
  • John L. Weckworth known as digital compositor: Asylum Visual Effects
  • Yuichiro Yamashita known as lighting technical director
  • Michael Lori known as tracking artist (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • USA 8 January 2009 (Hollywood, California) (premiere)
  • Canada 16 January 2009
  • Ireland 16 January 2009
  • UK 16 January 2009
  • USA 16 January 2009
  • Latvia 23 January 2009
  • Iceland 30 January 2009
  • Philippines 4 February 2009
  • Germany 5 February 2009 (European Film Market)
  • Australia 12 February 2009
  • Croatia 12 February 2009
  • Hong Kong 12 February 2009
  • Israel 12 February 2009
  • Thailand 12 February 2009
  • Mexico 13 February 2009
  • Romania 13 February 2009
  • Turkey 13 February 2009
  • Japan 14 February 2009
  • Greece 19 February 2009
  • New Zealand 19 February 2009
  • Poland 20 February 2009
  • Hungary 26 February 2009
  • Singapore 26 February 2009
  • Estonia 6 March 2009
  • Netherlands 12 March 2009
  • Brazil 13 March 2009
  • Malaysia 26 March 2009
  • Kazakhstan 9 April 2009
  • Russia 9 April 2009
  • Taiwan 10 April 2009
  • Bulgaria 24 April 2009
  • Lithuania 24 April 2009
  • Belgium 29 April 2009
  • France 29 April 2009
  • Peru 30 April 2009
  • Italy 8 May 2009
  • Germany 20 May 2009
  • Austria 21 May 2009
  • Slovenia 21 May 2009
  • Finland 29 May 2009
  • Sweden 29 May 2009
  • Norway 3 July 2009
  • United Arab Emirates 16 July 2009
  • South Korea 23 July 2009
  • Switzerland 13 August 2009 (German speaking region)
  • Colombia 14 August 2009
  • Argentina 18 August 2009 (Buenos Aires) (premiere)
  • Denmark 21 August 2009
  • Uruguay 28 August 2009
  • Argentina 3 September 2009
  • Spain 10 September 2009 (Catalonia)
  • Spain 11 September 2009
  • Switzerland 16 September 2009 (French speaking region)
  • Portugal 29 October 2009
  • Venezuela 29 January 2010 (3-D version)

MPAA: Rated R for graphic brutal horror violence and grisly images throughout, some strong sexuality, graphic nudity and language



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. Pete Simone (ps42) from Auburn, MA, United States
    30 Mar 2012, 2:50 am

    My Bloody Valentine 3D is one of those really rare kinds of horrorflicks. It delivers buckets of gore, brisk pacing, and a lot of in yourface 3D goodness. Sit close to the front of your theater for themaximum effect (if you dare!). There is brutality in king sizeportions, sure to satisfy the most hardcore of horror fans. They reallypull out all the stops with that pickaxe's of his.

    Perhaps most importantly though, the production and marketing teamswere aware of what it what it was. At its core, its a cheesy mindlessslasher film, and rather than try to overcome this, My Bloody Valentineacknowledges this trait and works with it. It owns it. Internet adsbore slogans such as 'Its actually 4D if you're wasted.' Never does itget bogged down trying to patch together an airtight story. It justkeeps its unrelenting pace up from start to finish, and delivers whatthe audience came out to see, gratuitous violence.

    A film like this is quite refreshing for the genre, not because it isartful by any means, but because it embraces its inherent trashiness.By deliberately failing to take itself seriously, My Bloody Valentinebecomes something more than the majority of its peers can ever be. Itbecomes fun in the same way that a Poison concert or monster truckrally is fun. Take my advice and see this thing as it was meant to beseen, through beer goggles and a pair of cheap 3D glasses. Enjoy it forwhat it is and don't worry about the second thoughts you might havetomorrow morning.

  2. simon-prometheus from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 2:50 am

    A movie titled My Bloody Valentine is clearly non trying to pander toart house crowds, nor does it even seem to be reaching for a higher ilkin the horror genre, but while appearing as a fully tacky horror movieentry (a 3-D remake) My Bloody Valentine succeeds in avoiding andultimately reviving the never ending pitfalls of such films; a strong,unique opening and a surprising and completely plausible,non-ridiculous finale.

    Unfortunately the movie is not as strong as its bookend acts, but it iscertainly gory, fun, terrifying, tense and nothing but entertaining.(And yes, there is also nudity). The use of the trademark, in yourface, 3-D tactics is mostly restrained, although it seems that directorPatrick Lussier (who has mostly been in horror movie limbo since hedirected Dracula 2000) could not avoid the intermittent pickaxe to thescreen. The performances are actually quite strong, and while this isbecoming more the norm in horror films, MBV even forgoes thesmart-alecky, prankster character which removes the propensity for usto be taken out of the film.

    The unique opening is actually a three-tier start. Flashing newsreelsreveal that the collapse of the Hanniger Mine in a small town whichclaimed the lives of 6 miners (Or was it something else that killed themen?). Awakening from a comma years later, the sole survivor of thecave-in, Harry Warden, picks up where he left off, slaying dozensbefore being killed himself concluding what the town dubbed theValentines Day Massacre. But all is not what it seems, as 10 yearslater Tom Hanniger (Jensen Ackles), a near-victim of Warden, returns tothe small town to sell the mine but the killings suspiciously beginonce again and it is up to Tom to clear his name.

    My Bloody Valentine is a full-fledged throwback to the golden age ofslasher films, like Friday the 13th (and is ironically better then theFriday remake this year) and never for a single second tries to beanything it's not and in doing so, it ultimately becomes something itshouldn't be; fun.

    6.5 / 10.0

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  3. boy_in_red from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 2:50 am

    I missed out on the 80's 3D craze- films in the Jaws, Amityville andFriday the 13th franchises all getting 3d instalments on the bigscreen. Well it seems 2009 will make up for that, with My BloodyValentine, Final Destination 4 and Pirahna all adding an extradimension to their proceedings.

    My Bloody Valentine is a great start. It's fun, gory, doesn't spend toomuch time on the dialogue, because it understands we're wearing theseridiculous glasses for a reason! I really enjoyed it actually- and forsomeone who has watched so many slashers, the 3d did add some wonderfulnovel touches, so it felt like more than just a retread. I know it'scool to bash remakes these days (and admittedly so many are very weak)but I much prefer this to the original- which seemed to plod along atquite a pedestrian pace, and besides the mining town setting, reallydidn't offer anything especially new. This film is far tighter anddoesn't take itself so seriously- it has its tongue-firmly-in-cheek.

    The only downsides are perhaps the stalk and kill sequence involving anaked lady. I guess some horror fans like their nudity, but in a genreso often viewed as misogynistic, it didn't do itself any favours.Admittedly the character is actually quite strong and fun- you don'tfeel her nudity weakens or humiliates her, but… I dunno, perhapspandering a little too much for the teenage boys? Go catch this at thecinema, take a few friends, and enjoy an hour and a half of silly fun.

  4. TOMASBBloodhound from Omaha, NE USA
    30 Mar 2012, 2:50 am

    This is a remake of a Canadian horror film that I grew up with and isstill very dear to me. Even though I don't think they make great horrorfilms these days, the 3D gimmick was too much to pass up. And it's niceto see that the original motivated someone to try and remake it. Thatsaid, this film is nothing extraordinary, but worth it if you have sometime to kill. And be prepared to pay extra since this is a 3D film.They charged me an extra two bucks for the glasses. It isn't often youpay $9.50 for a movie at 3 in the afternoon, but what the hell.

    The film is faithful to the original in a few ways. Using many of thesame names and the mining community for the setting. The story centersaround the aftermath of a violent rampage by a coal miner ten yearsearlier. And a spate of grisly new killings that coincide with thearrival of a young man who left town at the time the original murderstook place. Is it just a coincidence, or is the young man picking upwhere the murderous miner left off? This time around, the script has alot more going on than in the original. Sometimes a bit too much, butthe action is spread out to more locations than just the creepy oldmine. There is a very strong amount of gore that the original sorelylacked (thank you Paramount). You will see people mangled in just aboutevery way you can kill someone with a pick ax. This film even recyclesthe dead body in the dryer shot from the original, too. It seems likethey made a point to be much more graphic for the fans who had alwayscomplained about too much gore cut out from the 1981 version. And the3D was a nice treat. It looked very good, even from the rear of thetheater where I was seated. And a man in full mining gear is still avery scary sight.

    I expected problems with the script, and I was correct to do so. Muchof the dialog is very weak, and it seems like they used a test audienceto pick the actual killer since it really could have been either of twopeople. Some of the acting was more than passable, and it was good tosee Tom Atkins working again. The locations above ground were more lushand not as economically depressed as they looked in the original. Andthis kind of hurts when it comes to creating a spooky atmosphere. Thereare a couple moments during fight scenes where the actions ofcharacters produced groans from the audience due to stupidity, and Ireally doubt the county sheriff of such a supposedly impoverished areacould afford such a nice home and a housekeeper. I guess the film wasstill as good as I thought it could be, and I'm not a worse person forhaving seen it. 6 of 10 stars.

    The Hound.

  5. MichaelRAllen from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 2:50 am

    The use of three dimensional effects have not been a part of cinema forover twenty years, with IMAX the exception, but now it is back andbetter than ever in 2009. During "My Bloody Valentine 3-D," theaudience will experience large pickaxes, flying bullets and tree limbscoming out of the screen and into your lap. At times the effect seemsgimmicky as the story forces the occurrence of projectiles movingthrough the air and other times the three dimensional effects hit itjust right. When you see the film you will know when the effect works;the mesmerizing visuals are sometimes jaw-dropping, literally.

    Writers Tom Farver and Zane Smith keep the pace up throughout "MyBloody Valentine 3-D," right until the end when it appears that aminer, with grievances will take on a whole town. Right from thebeginning the story starts off with a woman on the run from amysterious figure, behind a breathing mask who seems to delight inwrecking other people's good time. The start to the movie is explosiveand the film does not back down from creating a suspenseful horrorflick that is simply out to horrify and be fun. At times the dialogueor introduction of characters into scenes comes off as slightly campy,but the delivery of lines in each scene is generating intensity for thefinal climactic act.

    The plot of this horror film is somewhat conventional with Tom Hannigerreturning to his hometown in order to heal some past misgivings at thehands of a bloody serial killer. "My Bloody Valentine 3-D," mostlycentres on the character of Tom Hanniger, with Sarah and Axel Palmersupporting. Adding enough smaller characters to keep the story complexand creating enough diverging plot lines to keep things tight "MyBloody Valentine 3-D," does a good job of keeping the killer's identitymysterious while piquing viewer's curiosity. Instead of going for aclosed box Hollywood ending the film slightly steps it up by leavingthe ending open for a sequel. Some of the most successful filmfranchises come from the horror genre and "My Bloody Valentine 3-D,"might be trying to capitalize on future returns by delivering a plottwist that slightly disappoints.

    Lighting, environments, and music are all spot on, only the overactingof certain characters distracts from an otherwise excellent horrorfilm. Many of the scenes within "My Bloody Valentine 3-D," take placein darkly lit mine shafts or the interiors of houses, at night and theoverall tone feels like a thriller while showing enough gore toentertain horror fans. The music in the film is subtle enough whilepicking up the pace slightly during action sequences. On the otherhand, the musical score of "My Bloody Valentine 3-D," could have beenmuch more eerie in order to build up further tension. The acting ofJaimie King comes off as pretentious and somewhat naive while KerrSmith, appearing to take his role of a small time sheriff a little tooseriously displays some awkwardness. The rest of the actors includingveterans; Tom Atkins and Kevin Tighe play their smaller parts well;Jensen Ackles, could have taken a darker approach to his character, inorder to truly deliver a role of someone who is struggling with thetrauma of past brutal events but the portrayal is still good.

    Overall "My Bloody Valentine 3-D," delivers an entertaining ridethrough dark alleys, mine shafts and the evil minds of writers ToddFarmer and Zane Smith. Slightly on the lighter side of the horror genrethis film develops enough jump scares, with the help of threedimensional effects to deliver a fun and fast 101 minutes. See this onewith a friend and laugh out loud when a 20' branch comes screaming atyour head (and try not to duck)! 6 Mesmerizing Skulls out of 10.

  6. nconstab
    30 Mar 2012, 2:50 am

    My Bloody Valentine 3-D pulled out all the stops and is every bit worththe ticket price.

    I admit that my expectations were pretty low at first, but as a horrorfan and a 3-D fan, I went to the theater anyway not trying to get myhopes up too much.

    From the very beginning, the story, action, and the visuals hooked meinto it with lots of twists, turns, and shocks. Digital 3-D movies overthe past few years have only offered family films or animation in 3-D.

    Finally, Live-Action Digital 3-D that WORKS!! A MUST see movie if youlike blood, gore, and full nudity; all in 3-D! A few story problems inthe third act but everything else makes up for it. The movie is meantto be fun anyway, and it was!

    Bravo to the filmmakers for making this movie entertaining and visuallystunning. We are off to a great start in 3-D movies!

  7. Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    30 Mar 2012, 2:50 am

    In the mining town of Harmony, there is an accident caused by the sonof the owner Tom Hanniger (Jensen Ackles) during a drilling, and themine collapses burying six miners alive. The rescue team finds onlyHarry Warden alive but in coma and the other miners murdered punched byhis pickax, and they conclude that Harry killed them to save oxygen forhimself. On the Valentine's Day, Harry awakes from the coma in thelocal hospital, and he kills twenty-two persons, including a group ofteenagers that are partying in the mine. Harry is killed by the deputybut the only survivors are Tom Hanniger, his girlfriend Sarah (JaimeKing), their friend Axel Palmer (Kerr Smith) and another girl. Tenyears later, Tom returns to Harmony after the death of his fatherdecided to sell the Hanniger Mine, and finds that Sarah has marriedAxel, now the local sheriff, and they have a son. On the Valentine'sDay, Harry Warden also returns seeking revenge against those that hadescaped from his pickax in the past, and Tom is accused by Axel andother locals.

    The slasher "My Bloody Valentine" is an entertaining collection ofclichés that keeps tension until the last scene despite beingpredictable. The greatest attraction of this forgettable feature seemsto be the effects of 3D in movie theaters. I have watched at home onDVD and I had lots of fun with the silly and manipulative plot. My voteis six.

    Title (Brazil): "Dia dos Namorados Macabro" ("Macabre Valentine's Day")

  8. moviewizguy from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 2:50 am

    Tom returns to his hometown on the tenth anniversary of the Valentine'snight massacre that claimed the lives of 22 people. Wearing a miner'smask and armed with a pickaxe, an unstoppable killer is on the loose.Instead of a homecoming, however, Tom finds himself suspected ofcommitting the murders.

    Seeing my first 2009 horror film, let alone film, this year, I can tellhorror movies are looking promising this year. I'll admit it. The filmdidn't surpass my expectations, but that isn't fair, since I set thebar up unusually high for these types of films. Yes, I would have neverseen this film in theaters if it weren't in 3D. If you're thinking towatch it in 2D, DON'T! Spend the extra $2.50 (or more) because theextra fee is worthwhile. If you don't have a theater with 3D screeningsnear you, all I can say is that the film will not be as good as if itwere in 3D and I stand by this statement.

    With that warning out of the way, I'll say this is one of the most funtimes I've ever had of watching a horror film in theaters. The 3Dfactor is just an icing on top of a red velvet cake. As a slasher fanmyself, I found the film entertaining. I had myself laughing from deathscenes that are sometimes ridiculously over-the-top, the gore, thegratuitous nudity, and the horror clichés. This must mean the film ispoking fun of itself as a slasher genre or it must mean we're back inthe 1980's. I'll go with the latter. But really, does that reallymatter?

    The plot was fun, but in films like these, it doesn't really mattereither. I had a grand time guessing who's the killer and who's not,just to have myself getting slapped in the face back. It will literallykeep you guessing until the end and even if the conclusion has beendone several million times before, one will wonder why one would fallfor it again. The 3D gimmicks were great and sometimes shocking. Yousee human body parts flying in your face. You flinch when a pickaxecome flying in your way. It's just that great.

    I had a mix reaction with the performances. Jensen Ackles was decent,although I had myself laughing from his odd performance. Fortunately,Kerr Smith and Jaime King did a better job. Betsy Rue, the actress whowould show her body in full frontal nudity for five minutes in a partof the movie does her part so well that you forget about the nudity(barely). The score is also better than in many other horror filmsbecause, really, horror films these days usually have annoying, loudrock songs playing in the background for no apparent reason.

    In the end, you should really watch, or consider to watch, this film in3D if you're interested. The kills are great, there's some suspense,and the 3D aspect is really mixed well with the movie that you willhave a fun time watching it. If you're expecting something original,don't bother watching it. However, if you like slashers that aresimilar to those in the past, do yourself a favor and watch it.

  9. springsunnywinter from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 2:50 am

    My Bloody Valentine 3D is a remake of the 1981 Canadian slasher film ofthe same name which I never heard of before this movie was released.The film will have a 3-D theatrical release and is the first filmreleased in Real D which is the main reason why I intended to see thismovie because I have never seen a movie in 3D before and I generallylike horror movies.

    Ten years ago, a tragedy changed the town of Harmony forever. TomHanniger (Jensen Ackles), an inexperienced coal miner, caused anaccident in the tunnels that trapped and killed five men and sent theonly survivor, Harry Warden (Richard John Walters), into a coma. ButHarry Warden wanted revenge. Exactly one year later, on Valentine'sDay, he woke up and brutally murdered twenty-two people with a pick axebefore 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 withhis past, he grapples with unresolved feelings for his ex-girlfriend,Sarah (Jaime King), who is now married to his best friend, Axel (KerrSmith), the town sheriff. But tonight, after years of peace, somethingfrom Harmony's dark past has returned. Wearing a miner's mask and armedwith a pick axe, an unstoppable killer is on the loose. And as hisfootsteps come ever closer, Tom, Sarah and Axel realise in terror thatit just might be Harry Warden who's come back to claim them…

    The 3D experience was amazing and so lifelike which seems like that itis really happening. The movie was pretty good that was best viewed atthe 3D theatre although it is another slasher movie which has beentackled a lot of times in Hollywood but I had no problem with itbecause I had a good time watching it. It is not the kind of film thatis going to appeal to everyone and it is best not to take it tooseriously. I would recommend it to people who liked movies like Scream.The story is simple and the cast is unknown but it is better that waybecause then you can just concentrate on the mystery. Overall if want agood 3D experience and/or like horror slasher film then My BloodyValentine is the movie for you.

  10. JoeKarlosi from U.S.A.
    30 Mar 2012, 2:50 am

    Remake of the 1981 slasher film about a maniac in a coal miner's outfitslaughtering everyone, and a worthy retread of the original. These daysthere has been a return of sorts to the unrestrained gory days of early'80s slasher films, and this one delivers in all those typicalcategories you'd expect — the over-the-top mutilations and goresequences, the gratuitous sex (including full frontal female nudity)and people getting theirs in a variety of inventive ways. At least it'sa step up in that the main cast and victims are not just sillyteenagers, but rather silly 20-somethings and older this time out. Andit is a very nice bonus getting a return from old timer Tom Atkins as aretired policeman in the mix, too.

    This film is also released in standard flat 2-D, but I would only haveawarded it **1/2, if not for the added gimmick of third dimension,which is really what the fun is all about here. The 3-D effects arewell done, seeing things fly off the screen and into your face. Onewonders whether they might have taken this even farther with moredeliberate situations designed to fully utilize the effect, but what'sthere is still cool. The "mystery" of the film kept me going back andforth in my guesstimates, up to the final second, so that was an addedbonus to the usual trappings that worked for me.

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