Monday, September 7, 2009

Watch Out For Flying Pickaxes

My Bloody Valentine 3D 2009
Director: Patrick Lussier
Writers:: Todd Farmer and Zane Smith
Starring Jensen Ackles, Jaime King, Kerr Smith, Betsy Rue, Tom Atkins and Kevin Tighe

The original My Bloody Valentine is my favorite non franchise slasher film, so I was highly skeptical that this could be a good film. But, it does what few remakes really are unable to do, add to an existing story and make it their own. It also has the best 3D effects I have seen in a film yet. This film has everything a fan could want in a slasher flick, nice kills, gratuitous nudity and a great villain. An added bonus is the casting of The Man Tom Atkins and Kevin Tighe, who I have not seen since Roadhouse. This was a fun film and definitely one of the best horror films I have seen this year. It really impressed me with all the stuff it was able to pull off and it really feels like a 80's film. It really has the 80's style charm to it that many of the other remakes are missing.
The plot basics are this, in the mining town of Harmony there is a horrible mining accident and everyone is killed except for Harry Warden who is found in a coma and all the others are killed by what appears to be by pickaxes. It is concluded that Harry killed them to conserve oxygen. Harry wakes up out of his coma and goes back to the mine where some friends are going to have some fun and Harry shows up and kills a girl and almost kills one of the guys, Tom(Ackles) until the sheriff (Atkins) shoots him and he runs into the mine. Flash forward 10 years later, where Tom comes back to Harmony and is closing deals to sell the mine which his family owned. He finds Sarah (King) his ex flame who is now married to Axel (Smith) who is now the Sheriff. Not long after he arrives in town people start getting killed and everyone thinks Harry Warden is back. Axel believes Tom is the culprit, but Sarah doesn't know who to believe. This all leads to a twist that culminates in the mine, where all of this began 10 years ago.
This was a great little horror film. Lussier does a great job of directing, with a great eye for the kills and really uses the claustrophobic feel of the mine very well. The script is tight as well, the characters are very well rounded and you never feel that any of them are cardboard cut outs. The cast is great too, Ackles is a commanding lead and I loved seeing both Atkins and Tighe work their magic again too. The SFX was great, with some great gore scenes and the 3D effects were awesome as well. I never felt that they ever looked anything but real throughout. This is a film I will be watching numerous times, as it was really a very well done slasher film.
This one gets 4 out of 5 pickaxes

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