Love the ones you trust while you still trust them.
Romance is in the air. Succumb to the tempation.
Scott, Ridley. Legend, Universal Pictures, 1985 (USA and Canada).
After watching the video I posted yesterday about the original 1980s My Bloody Valentine, I was inspired to watch the 2009 remake. Like the first one, the remake’s plot was weak, but weaker. Plot aside, it was awesome! Good gore from the start of the movie. It had my attention!
The remake reminded me of another of my favourite gore flicks, the 2013 Texas Chainsaw. They both dove into graphic gore prettty quickly and sustained it throughout the movie. And the gore was vivid. Your face got in it. And that is when I realized that these movies were both made for 3D.
The gore effects were intended to freak out the audience wearing 3D glasses, so weapons were swung at them and blood was made to splash on them, like audience participation.
The thrill of the splashy gore outweighed the weak story lines of these movies for me, although I will confess that I love Texas Chainsaw because it turns into a sympathy-for-the-devil narrative in the last third. I am always a sucker for a horror movie where I’m cheering on the villain in the end!
Luessenhop, John. Texas Chainsaw, Lionsgate, 2013.
Lussier, Patrick. My Bloody Valentine, Lionsgate, 2009.
I am a hopeless romantic and love when Valentine’s season comes around every dreary February. I’m also born Canadian. Mix those facts up with horror, and you get My Bloody Valentine.
The movie’s straight-forward slasher narrative and playful take on a Valentine horror make it one of my favourite horror flicks. The slasher’s community revenge plot is part Freddy Krueger, part Jason Vorhees, and the kills are satisfyingly grotesque.
A good video introduction to the movie:
Mihalka, George. My Bloody Valentine, Paramount Pictures, 1981.