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My Bloody Valentine 3D

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Patrick Lussier
Produced by John Dunning
Andre Link
Jack L. Murray
Mike Paseornek
John Sacchi
Written by Original story:
Stephen Miller
Zane Smith
Todd Farmer
Starring Jensen Ackles
Jaime King
Kerr Smith
Tom Atkins
Music by Michael Wandmacher
Cinematography Brian Pearson
Editing by Cynthia Ludwig
Patrick Lussier
Distributed by Lionsgate
Release date(s) January 16, 2009
Running time 101 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $15,000,000[1]
Gross revenue $100,701,532 [2]
Preceded by My Bloody Valentine (1981)

My Bloody Valentine 3D is a 2009 remake of the 1981 Canadian slasher film of the same name. The film was directed and edited by Patrick Lussier,[3] and stars Jensen Ackles[4] and Jaime King.[5] The film had a 3-D theatrical release;[6] It was released on January 16, 2009 by Lionsgate to generally mixed reviews. It was released on Blu-ray/DVD on May 19, 2009.[7]



Eleven years ago, a cave-in on the north side of a mine trapped six miners. Six days later when rescue teams arrived, they found five dead miners and Harry Warden, who survived by killing the other miners with a pick-axe, in a coma. Tom Hanniger is blamed for the mine disaster because he forgot to vent the methane lines.

The following year on Valentine's Day, Warden wakes up from his coma, killing many in the process. At the abandoned mineshaft that was the site of the disaster, a party is in full swing, attended by many teens, including Axel, his girlfriend Irene, Tom Hanniger, and his girlfriend, Sarah. Sarah goes in alone and gets lost looking for Axel and Irene. She runs across a teen and a few seconds later he is stabbed in the back of his head through his eye. She is confronted by Harry Warden in full miner's garb, carrying a bloody pick-axe, and flees for safety; Axel grabs her and they along with Irene hide from the killer. He eventually sees Sarah, Axel and Irene, and they run out of the mine, where they run into Tom coming in. The killer hits him with the pick axe, injuring him, while the other three run for the car and leave him behind. Tom runs back into the mine in an attempt to get away from the killer; just as he's about to be killed, the police arrive and shoot the killer, but he makes his getaway back into the mine.

Ten years later, Tom's father, from whom Tom was estranged, dies and Tom inherits the mine. Tom then returns to town after his father's funeral to sell the mine. Axel is now sheriff and married to Sarah, however he is cheating on her with Megan, who helps out his wife at her grocery store, who admits to Axel after they finish having sex, that she is pregnant with his child. In quick succession, Irene is murdered by Harry Warden at the motel where Tom is staying, then as Tom goes to check out his newly inherited mine, a miner is murdered. While in the mine, when Warden appears, Tom is forced into a cage and Warden bends the metal latch on the door; making Tom's escape impossible. Warden then brutally murders the miner who was accompanying Tom on his journey into the mine, as Tom is forced to watch. As the rest of the mining crew arrive to see what is the matter, Warden flees, and suspicion is cast on Tom; despite the fact that he was locked in a cage the entire time. Sheriff Axel then asks his father, the retired sheriff, what happened to Warden. He says that he and Tom's father killed and buried him. Axel, Tom, Sarah and Axel's father go to the spot where Warden was buried to see that his body is no longer there.

Next, the current mine manager and Megan are killed by Warden. Tom picks Sarah up to take her to Axel's love nest to convince her that Axel is the killer. Axel then calls her and tells her that Tom is the killer. She crashes Tom's car and makes her way to Axel's shack. Sarah is chased by the killer all the way to the mine. There, Sarah goes into the shaft where the original murders took place, where she is joined by both Tom and Axel, and after a brief stand off, Axel and Sarah realize that Tom is delusional. A montage then plays out all the murders in the film again; this time showing the aftermath and beforehand, revealing Tom to be the killer. The killing in the mine in which Tom was locked in the cage, is played out again, this time showing Tom commit the murder, then lock himself in the cage; revealing Warden locking him in to be a hallucination. Sarah shoots a tank and causes an explosion, and subsequently a partial cave-in. She and Axel escape, believing and reporting Tom to be dead. A rescue team comes in to the mine to look for survivors, but Tom kills one of the rescuers and escapes the scene dressed in the rescue worker's clothing.



The film was shot in South Western Pennsylvania, taking advantage of the state's tax incentives for film productions as well as the topographical and architectural versatility of the Pittsburgh Metro area. Filming began on May 11, 2008 in Armstrong County along the Route 28 corridor, in locations including Sprankle's Market in Kittanning, the Ford City police station, and the exterior of the Logansport Mine in Bethel.[8] Kittanning served as main street in the film's fictional town of Harmony. The production spent 13 days filming scenes in the Tour-Ed Mines in the Pittsburgh suburb of Tarentum, a mine that has been out of production since the 1960s and now operates as a museum.[9] A house on Hulton Road in Oakmont, a suburb of Pittsburgh, was also used as a location.[10]

The film was shot entirely digitally in 4K resolution. The filmmakers used the Red One from Red Digital Cinema Camera Company, and the SI-2K Digital Cinema Camera by Silicon Imaging as digital cameras. Max Penner, the film’s stereographer, found these lighter and smaller cameras easier to use.[11]

3D aspect

My Bloody Valentine is the first R-rated film to be projected in Real D technology,[12] as seen in films such as Journey to the Center of the Earth. The film is also available in 2D for theaters that are not equipped to process digital 3D technology.


The film has received generally mixed reviews from critics, but were on the whole more positive than the reviews for the original 1981 film, and most horror movies in general. As of June 7, 2009, it holds a "rotten" 59% rating from critics on review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 71 reviews, with the consensus being "This gory, senses-assaulting slasher film is an unpretentious, effective mix of old-school horror stylings and modern 3D technology." It once held a "fresh" rating of 60%, but it had dropped steadily overtime.[13] By contrast, Metacritic lists it with a 51 out of 100, which indicates "mixed or average reviews", based on 11 reviews.[14]

Joe Leydon of Variety said, “director and co-editor Lussier (a frequent Wes Craven collaborator) plays the 3-D gimmick for all it’s worth: Everything from tree branches and gun barrels to bloody pickaxes and bloodier body parts appears to jump off the screen. He also makes effective use of the depth-of-field illusion, allowing audiences long views of various chest cavities from which hearts have been rudely ripped. At the very least, the overall tech package is a great deal more impactful than that of the 3-D-lensed “Friday the 13th Part III” (1982)”. He added, in spite of the “state-of-the-art 3-D camera trickery, which helmer Patrick Lussier shamelessly exploits to goose the audience with cheap thrills and full-bore gore, “My Bloody Valentine” is at heart an unabashedly retro work, reveling in the cliches and conventions of the slasher horror pics that proliferated in the early 1980s”.[15]

Mark Olsen of the Los Angeles Times said, the implemented 3-D technology enables “startling effects, but after a while the minor thrill of the trick is gone. Advances in digital technology have allowed the filmmakers to largely avoid the physical headaches that are perhaps the biggest hallmark of the cyclical attempts at 3-D moviemaking”. He added, “wooden performances by forgettable, generic actors -- again, just like in the original -- don't aid in making things any less leaden” and "My Bloody Valentine 3-D" is “just good enough to not be annoying”.[16]

Jeannette Catsoulis of The New York Times said, “the creaky screenplay (by Todd Farmer and Zane Smith) is mercilessly at odds with the director’s fine sense of pacing. From the moment you duck a flying mandible and gaze, mesmerized, at a severed hand oozing two inches from your nose, you’ll be convinced that the extra dimension was worth seeking out. A strange synergy of old and new, “My Bloody Valentine 3D” blends cutting-edge technology and old-school prosthetics to produce something both familiar and alien: gore you can believe in”.[17]

Clark Collis of Entertainment Weekley grades the film a C + and says that it “starts in spectacular fashion. … But what really leaps out at you about My Bloody Valentine 3-D is its lack of imagination.”[18]

Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter“ said, “While the concept of adding 3-D to the horror genre is hardly new ... Patrick Lussier's film is the most accomplished example. The 3-D effects come fast and furious, rendered with a technical skill and humor that gives this otherwise strictly formulaic slasher picture whatever entertainment value it possesses.” He adds, “the three leads actually manage to invest their roles with some depth, but the real acting treats come courtesy of veteran character actors Kevin Tighe and Atkins, whose presence provides a comforting bridge to horror films past. Special mention must also be made of supporting actress Betsy Rue, a real trouper who treats the target male audience to one of the longest and most unabashedly gratuitous full-frontal nude scenes in horror film history.”[19]

Box office

On its 4-day opening weekend, the film grossed $24.1 million, ranking number 3 for the weekend, behind Gran Torino at number 2, and Paul Blart: Mall Cop at number 1.[20] In its second weekend, the movie grossed estimated $10.1 million, ranking number 6 at the domestic box office.[21] As of Nov. 1, 2009, the film has grossed $51,545,952 at the domestic box office and $100,701,532 worldwide.[2]

DVD and Blu-ray

My Bloody Valentine 3D was released on Blu-ray and DVD on May 19, 2009 and so far has sold $19,715,681 in revenue[22] with DVD sales and theater gross revenue totaling up to $119,913,076.

The Blu-ray and DVD version of the movie has both a standard 2D version and the 3D version on the same disc using seamless branching. [23] However, a special Blu-ray version was also created specifically for online rental chains like Netflix and Blockbuster. This rental copy does not have the 3D version of the film and is titled only "My Bloody Valentine", dropping the 3D from the title.[24]


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  3. ^ 'My Bloody Valentine' Director and Writer Revealed!
  4. ^ a b Supernatural Sibling Receives Bloody Valentine
  5. ^ a b See the Beautiful Jamie King in 3-D Next January!
  6. ^ 'My Bloody Valentine' Moves Dates, Goes 3-D!
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  17. ^ Catsoulis, Jeannette (January 17, 2009). "Watch Out for That Pickax; It’s Hurtling From the Screen". The New York Times. Retrieved January 26-2009. 
  18. ^ Collis, Clark (January 21, 2009). "Movie Review My Bloody Valentine 3-D (2009)". Entertainment Weekley.,,20253942,00.html. Retrieved January 27-2009. 
  19. ^ Scheck, Frank (January 18, 2009). "Film Review: My Bloody Valentine 3-D". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 27-2009. 
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