Friday, February 20, 2009

My Bloody Valentine / F13 Uncut Double Review Part I: Canucks Run Amok

Alright, I'll admit it. As a horror movie fan I've missed some essential films over the years. Maybe it was because I wasted so many years seeking out the most abysmal B-movies to rent from Ted's Video (3 Vhs, 3 Days, 5 Dollars!). Spending all my time watching crap I guess eventually I was bound to skip over some classics.

So yes, up until recently I had never seen the Canadian cult classic My Bloody Valentine, or the original Friday the 13th. I have seen many of the sequels but not the one that got the whole franchise going (going.. and going..). With the release of both movies UNCUT for the first time ever on DVD, I decided the time was right to finally check them off my list.

Today I'll start with My Bloody Valentine. Trashed by critics upon release, MBV slowly gained a cult status over the years. The MPAA did some slashing of their own upon release as well, cutting nine minutes off the running time, drastically reducing the amount of blood-shed seen in the final theatrical version. Needless to say this movie has been hyped beyond belief, and as a Canadian, I hoped not to be disappointed.

And I wasn't! MBV is like the little slasher that could. Upon first glance there might not seem to be anything revelatory here, but when compared to many of its contemporaries it shines. The characters are older than most maniac-fodder these kinds of movies throw at you (and sharp objects, natch). Sure they are still mainly focused on partying, but they're mine workers and its nice to see that instead of the average job-less teens. The relationships between them feel real because of the job they've based their lives around which in turn helps the movie flow realistically from scene to scene.

Second, the violence. Lions Gate has re-inserted about 3-minutes of gooey redness back into this flick and it helps. The footage itself was noticeably grainy so I could easily tell where the theatrical cut ended and the inserted footage began. Honestly, I don't think I would have liked the movie nearly as much had I seen the cut version. The kills are all great and without them this movie would probably have been quite lifeless, they give the movie a much needed edge. Coupled with the well written characters it helps the kills achieve that higher level of shock.

Overall I was very pleased with My Bloody Valentine Uncut. I won't go on record saying it's my favorite slasher of all time, but it's a very high quality entry into the genre. I only wish Lions Gate had inserted the other 6 minutes of footage, but maybe somewhere down the line we'll get an ultimate edition or something. Color me surprised!

Up Next: Friday The 13th UNCUT.

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2 comments:

Corey said...

You're quite right -- the edited version of MBV is not nearly as good as this new version. I kinda wish this had been my first experience with the film... also, I'm fairly certain all 9 minutes was re-inserted into the special edition dvd.

Have you seen the remake in 3D?

Goremania said...

Hmm. Not sure where I read that information then..

Wiki now claims just 3 minutes were cut, all of which are on the Uncut DVD. It's possible that the stats I read were wrong, and have since been corrected..

I did see the MBV3D Remake, but I actually thought it wasn't very good.

Some of the 3D worked quite well, so I got enough fun out of it just with the effects. Can't complain too much, it being a 3D movie and all.