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Booth's Blog: Celebrate Valentine's Day this weekend!
By Emily Booth, Tuesday 17th October 2017

Back in the '70s and early '80s, 'holiday slashers' were all the rage and creaming it big at the box office. Black Christmas in 1974, Halloween in '78, Christmas Evil in 1980 and Silent Night, Deadly Night in '84. The producers of this week's infamous slasher wanted to pop a celebratory balloon and needed a public holiday not yet seen in a horror. As the Easter Bunny isn't usually considered terrifying, they instead settled on Valentine's Day, and thus My Bloody Valentine was born!

The original came out in 1981 and is considered a seminal cornerstone of the slasher genre, even touted by Quentin Tarantino as his favourite slasher of all time. Impressive credentials indeed. So what ingredients does it have that are loved by so many?

Set in a small mining town, the locals excitedly prepare for their first Valentine's Day ball in 20 years, previously banned because the holiday marked a horrific mining accident caused by negligence, leaving just one survivor so scarred by the incident he went on a killing spree to seek revenge on those responsible and has since been locked up in an asylum. The murderous miner, Harry Warden, has always warned the town that if they dare celebrate this day again, he will return to literally break some hearts. His modus operandi is grotesque to say the least, sending his soon-to-be victims human hearts wrapped in a box of chocolates! When the dire warnings start to come in, the police cancel the ball; but when has that ever stopped a gang of determined party goers from having their way?! True to form, the youngsters in town ignore the ominous warnings and make their own party down in the treacherous mine of all places. Suffice to say the pick axe comes out to play in a big way!

The kills in this horror are truly memorable and cloaked in suspense, which is what good slashers used to be able to do. Look out for the 'old lady in a tumble dryer moment' and a very effective scene when a young girl is surrounded by all the miner's uniforms hanging up when of course one turns out to be the killer! A successful slasher always has an iconic villain and here the design of the silent miner complete with gas mask and pick axe is chilling, and because his face is hidden by the mask, the movie even treats you to a bit of a Scooby Doo shock twist ending!

You know what they say, roses are red, violets are blue - and you can bet, the miner's coming for you! My Bloody Valentine gets its network premiere on Horror Channel this Sunday at 11.00pm.

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