Thursday, October 5, 2017

Film Review: My Bloody Valentine 3D (2009)

My Bloody Valentine 3D (Review)
United States/2009
Format Viewed for Review: Amazon Video
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: Yes
*A 31 Days of Halloween Special Review!

"It's a fun slasher movie. That's pretty much it."

Ten years after a massacre at an abandoned mine shaft, a small town is rattled by a new string of familiar murders...

My Bloody Valentine 3D is a remake of the classic slasher of the same name—sans the 3D. The concepts are the same, but the stories are actually a bit different. The film begins by explaining the collapse of a mining shaft that leaves several dead. Harry Warden is the only survivor, but he's left in a coma. One year later, Harry Warden awakens and goes on a rampage where he murders several people at a hospital and at an abandoned mining shaft. Tom Hanniger (Jensen Ackles) and his friends survive the attack. Ten years later, Tom returns to the town after vanishing only to find the murders have started again. The rest of the film is a fairly standard whodunit/slasher plot. It is predictable, though.

My Bloody Valentine 3D was a fun experience despite its flaws. It's a gory slasher with over-the-top kills. There is a surprising amount of kills, too, and some of them pay homage to the murders in the unrated version of the original, which is great. There is even some effective suspense in here, unlike other horror films that solely rely on jump-scares. The plot may not be the most interesting, but it kept me engaged. Aside from the predictable plot, the film also suffers from some bad pacing—it constantly slows down for very little reason. It also fails to truly establish its characters—they just feel so dull and forgettable. It often feels like it was sloppily pieced together, like if there are bridges missing between scenes. It introduces some sort of issue for the characters to face, but it quickly forgets about it.

The acting doesn't fare much better. I suppose it's good enough for a slasher, but that doesn't mean it's great. Jensen Ackles doesn't have much range, although he is competent. The rest of the supporting cast is decent but forgettable, partially due to their weak characters. The film looks decent. However, the movie was clearly meant to be watched in 3D, so there are some mediocre effects for those who are watching it in 2D . The other special effects were decent, though. The screenplay was written by Zane Smith and Todd Farmer while Patrick Lussier served as director. The writing isn't bad, but it doesn't stand out. Although the slasher subgenre hasn't been flooded with movies recently, it still feels generic, predictable and safe. The writing doesn't take any risks and even feels a bit contrived at times. The direction fares a bit better, staying (somewhat) true to the spirit of the original while creating a whole new movie.

Overall, My Bloody Valentine 3D is a good movie. I actually don't have any big complaints, but I don't have many big compliments, either. It's a fun slasher movie. That's pretty much it. If you're an open-minded fan of the original, I think you'll like this one.

Score: 6/10
Parental Guide: Strong violence and gore, sex and nudity.

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