Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Bloody Valentine's Day!

For those of us who prefer to celebrate anti-Valentine's Day, one can't help but think of the original 1981 slasher film, My Bloody Valentine, and the indelible mark it left on this day (much like the films Halloween and Black Christmas did for their respective fêtes). Shot in Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia, My Bloody Valentine was controversial even before its release. The MPAA, those bastions of confusing censorship, was going to curse the film with an X-rating unless several scenes were cut--and the director complied.

But the movie faced even more controversy upon its release, since one of the investors was the Canadian government--via the Canadian Film Development Corporation (now known as Telefilm Canada). One reviewer at the time noted that the CFDC "has no business supporting such a gross, insulting enterprise" (yet they previously invested in David Cronenberg's Shivers, The Brood, and Scanners--and managed to make money on the first two).

The producers previously made Meatballs, and followed this film with Happy Birthday To Me--picking up on a trend that had them laughing all the way to the bank. My Bloody Valentine is a film worth checking out for fans of the slasher genre, just make sure you don't mistakenly watch the bloody awful remake from 2009, My Bloody Valentine 3D.

To close, in celebration of this special day, I've included some monstrous Valentine's Day cards for your enjoyment.

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