Ahh the early 2000’s when horror films were on a slight upswing and they all featured a young attractive cast to hook the teenage audience. It was a great formula. Get a few actors from a hot tv show, throw them in a slasher and your set. Sure the formula is still used half assed today but back in the 90’s the films were still rated R and had nice amounts of blood and gore. Valentine brought together David Boreanaz who was hot from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Denise Richards who was doing a nice amount of films at the time. She was even a Bond girl a few years prior, and a still relatively unknown Katherine Heigl who was on the show Roswell at the time. So you get a handful of good looking people, a standard slasher plot, blood, and violence and you have the formula for good slasher film.
Valentine uses a basic set up like we have seen in other films. It starts back in 1988 at a school Valentine’s Day dance. You meet the weird kid right away, his name is Jeremy Melton. He’s essentially a harmless nerd who decides to ask a few of the girls to dance, Paige, Shelly, and Lily. They all brush him off, but their other friend Dorothy (a bit of a nerd herself) tells him sure. One thing leads to another and the two of them decide to go behind the bleachers and make out. Unfortunately some of the other more popular kids find them. Dorothy gets embarrassed and quickly tells the guys that Jeremy is trying to rape her. So Jeremy gets dragged out, stripped down, and beaten up pretty bad in front of everyone. He gets a horrible nosebleed (plot point for later) gets kicked out of school, and finally sent to a reform school. That’s pretty messed up.
We then flash forward thirteen years later and encounter Shelly. She’s working in the UCLA morgue which is fitting because someone in a cupid mask attacks and murders her. Slashes her throat really good. Then the masked killer gets a nose bleed. I’m sure you know where this is going. So all of the girls from school come to her funeral and right off the bat start getting nasty greeting cards all signed “JM” which is a pretty good clue as to who the killer is. Of course the girls start to get hunted down by this maniac and begin meeting there untimely deaths. All of this coincides with a big Valentine’s Day party that Dorothy is having.
As basic as it sounds it really works well. The acting is very good and all of the actors have fantastic chemistry. Plus the film was not hindered by today’s ever present PG-13 rating. The kills in this film are very graphic. Stabbings, slashing’s, electrocutions, it’s all here. And it even boasts a great soundtrack with music by Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, and Static X. I enjoyed the film when I saw it back in the theater and enjoyed it just as much if not more watching the Scream Factory Blu-ray release.
Boasting fantastic slip cover artwork this Blu-ray looks and sounds fantastic. At first I was shocked to see it getting the Scream Factory treatment but watching it again I can certainly see why. The film was one of the better slasher films of the era and the twist ending was really well done. Plus as its Scream Factory the transfer looked amazing. The film was crisp and clean and the audio was amazing. The soundtrack sounded great blasting out of my speakers. It even has a tons of special features.
This is a must buy if not for the fantastic film but for the special features alone. It holds up perfectly to this day. As I said before it’s one of the best slashers from the early 2000’2 and definitely one you will want to add to your horror collection. Head over and order this one today.
Overall 3.5 out of 5 Stars!