My Bloody Valentine (1981) - Rotten Tomatoes

My Bloody Valentine1981

My Bloody Valentine (1981)




Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

My Bloody Valentine Videos

My Bloody Valentine Photos

Movie Info

This Canadian slasher film features a disgruntled miner cutting out people's hearts with a pick-axe. Most of the film takes place in the mine itself, where partying teens are pursued by the maniac in some surprisingly well-directed chase and stalking sequences.

Watch it now


Helene Udy
as Sylvia
Gina Dick
as Gretchen
Peter Cowper
as Miner/Harry Warden
Jeff Danks
as Young Axel
Fred Watters
as Supervisor
Jeff Fulton
as Supervisor
Marguerite McNeil
as Mrs. Raleigh
View All

News & Interviews for My Bloody Valentine

Critic Reviews for My Bloody Valentine

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (3)

Director George Mihalka gets effectively naturalistic performances out of his leads, as well as an intermittently eerie mood, but ultimately, it's a movie enjoyed more for what it could've been than what it actually is.

October 4, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Quickly devolves into a piece of hackwork.

September 10, 2005 | Rating: C | Full Review…

''My Bloody Valentine'' probably won't make you shiver with fright, but it's almost certain to make you squirm, first with irritation and then with revulsion.

August 30, 2004 | Full Review…

Earns points for being a more mature slasher than others of the time, but most of the human drama feels superfluous.

February 15, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Far from the best horror film, and far from the best slasher, there is something classically endearing about My Bloody Valentine.

February 12, 2021 | Full Review…

At least the film gets right into the killing, starting with the unlikely victim of an old lady.

September 6, 2020 | Rating: 3/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for My Bloody Valentine

Normally an overabundance of Dutch angles would reignite queasy memories of Battlefield Earth and its tilted ignominy but when they are in a mine that culminates with a supposedly erotic sex scene, they can be easily forgiven. However, the romp is truncated short when the blonde bombshell is impaled on an axe and the footage switches to a grainy, non-MPAA-approve chest chasm. Clearly, the film was a victim of puritanical censorship upon release and it is obvious whenever the killer strikes. Certainly, a beheading while climbing up a ladder is a sleazy babel but the effect of transitioning to an image with cigarette burns neutralizes the harshness. Apparently this town's economy is dependent on the barely solvent mine in which they excavate... an undefined ore. The reaction to a raw heart in a Valentine's Day box is just shy of a fatigued shrug ("It can't be happening again."). This sluggish Canuckploitation horror flick borders unsteadily towards self-parody with the barkeep's recollection of Harry Warden approaching glib Kevin Williamson self-awareness ("Beware the 14th!"). They are seriously tentative about cancelling a dance? The fox trot and other Terpsichore displays are that important? Even though they're middle-aged miners (based on the casting), the day-laborers in Valentine's Bluff act like sex-starved frat boys (towel snapping, pranks with karyo syrup, etc.) which automatically decreases our hope for their survival. On top of subpar motivation, the love triangle at the center only serves to cushion the spaces between slice-and-dice indulgences. Slasher POV was a staple during the 80's and the addition of a helmet wheezing sounds hilariously similar to an iron lung. The most punishable sin is how it retreats whenever Warden's ax is about to sink into someone else and the drudgery through the shafts at the end is a bore. Despite the drawn-out third act, the mine cart fight and pick-ax duel is bountiful, if short-lived fun.

Cory Taylor
Cory Taylor

Super Reviewer

The kind of crappy slasher that doesn't even manage to be fun, with pedestrian dialogue and a repetitious plot that basically says that men are jerks and women are weak and whiny, forcing us to put up with two ridiculous machos at each other's throats the whole time.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


During the late seventies and eighties there was a clear trend of slasher genre horror films based around holidays ("April Fool's Day," "Halloween," "Friday the 13th" etc.) While following in this vein, there's something original and dark about this film in contrast. Most of the film is set in the mines of central Canada, where a set of old murders haunts a quiet little town. A lot of the action revolves around a love triangle, the legends of the past, and being young and witless, with nothing to do. The last section of the film is entirely set in the bowels of a blackened mine, where the tunnels and overhead shafts provide plenty of hiding spots for a maddened serial killer. While this film takes great strides to not be the same as others of its caliber, it's still not very memorable. The killer is lame, the twist comes out of nowhere, the characters are idiotic and cowardly, the main female character is irritatingly frightened, and constantly needs saving, and the ending is ridiculous. Though I haven't seen the remake, I recommend it over this film, which is working with basically nothing but visuals, which I can only hope got better by 2009.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

My Bloody Valentine Quotes

News & Features