“My Bloody Valentine 3D” - Reviewed by Pinheadspenpal
Good old 3D, making films that much better since the beginning of time (or whenever it was invented at least).
When a coal mine caves in, six miners are trapped inside. Days later only one miner is found alive but comatose, Harry Warden, kept alive by killing the other five miners with a pick axe to preserve the air supply.
A year later, Valentine’s Day and the mineshaft is now the setting for a party. Little do those carefree teens know Harry Warden is awake and killing anyone who gets in the way of his mission to confront Tom Hanniger – the son of the mine owner who was partly blamed for causing the initial disaster by forgetting to vent the methane.
So back to the party and main characters Tom, girlfriend Sarah, Axel and girlfriend Irene are wandering around getting lost in the mine (oh apart from Tom ‘cos he’s understandably still traumatised to just walk in guilt free). Tom’s hanging back outside when the others see Harry Warden (who considerately dressed up for the occasion by wearing full miner costume complete with gas mask and bloody pick axe). There’s screams and running for the exit bumping into Tom who finally plucked up the courage to go in. Harry injures Tom and his good friends jump into a car and leave him behind, Tom deciding the best option is to delve into the mineshaft. Before Tom is killed, Harry is shot by the sheriff but runs off into the mine.
Ten years later, Tom’s father dies leaving Tom to inherit the mine. Tom, who has been AWOL for the past decade, comes back to town for the funeral and to sell the mine. What ensues is more grisly murders made all the more better by the 3D effects.
I saw this film in the cinema so the combination of a huge screen, loud speakers and things coming at you made this an enjoyable experience and a good watch. The storyline is intriguing with more or less everyone being a suspect, clever twists (not Einstein clever but you get the point – I just didn’t want to write ‘good’ again so felt the need to justify to use of the word clever) and a decent ending.
I haven’t seen the original so I don’t know if it’s better/worse but it’s definitely worth at least one watch. It’s a good (sorry that word again) attempt at an original slasher film (or about as original as a remake can be). The characters are likeable, although Axel annoyed me quite a bit, and you want to see them survive. I don’t think I would rave as much about this film if it wasn’t for the 3D. The 3D effects are great and I have to admit I did flinch a couple of times and even jumped within the first few minutes of the film. The pick axe is an excellent choice to turn 3D and the film does offer some gore-tastic scenes. Seeing it on a normal TV in plain old 2D may not be preferable but the film can still be appreciated as an entertaining horror film.
My advice, if you want to see this film then try and watch it in 3D because if I haven’t mentioned it before, it’s so much better in, altogether now….3D!
Running time: 101 mins
Starring: Jensen Ackles, Kerr Smith, Jaime King, Betsy Rue