US (dir. Patrick Lussier)
Cast: Jensen Ackles, Jaime King, Kerr Smith, Betsey Rue, Edi Gathegi, Tom Atkins, Kevin Tighe, Megan Boone, Marc Macaulay
Synopsis: Tom returns to his hometown on the tenth anniversary of the Valentine’s night massacre that claimed the lives of 22 people. Instead of a homecoming, however, Tom finds himself suspected of committing murder, and it seems like his old flame is the only one who believes he’s innocent.
Review: My Bloody Valentine is a great slasher remake that incorporates 3D visuals is a really new and exciting way. It makes you wish all slasher movies came in 3D, allowing you to wear slick 3D glasses like in the old glory days of 1950s horror movies. Despite the 3D effects, the movie still delivers, but does it really give you your money’s worth? I would say no, considering the cost exceeds a 2D movie by a couple of bucks. There is gore aplenty and the obligatory sex and nudity that is almost essential to any slasher movie, but the story is a bit bland thus leaving the special effects to be the only real selling point of the movie. The ending is a tad disappointing, since the only likable character (the quiet moody ex-boyfriend of the main character’s wife) turns out to be the killer. I am still reeling from the fact that he turned out to be the killer. What the writers did is unique in the sense that the “good guy” is ultimately the bad guy, and the bad guy is actually the good guy (despite being a cheating husband). Typically in a horror movie, the quiet stranger who comes back to town to figure out who the killer is usually is not the actual killer. By making the prototypical nice guy character a psychopath, the writers conveniently side-step this rule, thus making what would seem to be a stereotypical movie a not so stereotypical movie.