A decades old folk tale surrounding a deranged murderer killing those who celebrate Valentine’s Day, turns out to be true to legend when a group defies the killer’s order and people start turning up dead.
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An impossibly kitsch Canadian horror with the intriguingly gritty setting of a blue collar mining town, turned ever so slightly bonkers by a Valentine's day party. This is an 80s cult classic that hasn't dated well, but does benefit from the genuinely frightening mining outfit and gas mask. Nothing in the film lives up to the pre-credits sequence with its heady concoction of weird eroticism and sleazy exploitation.
A slasher from the good old days when atmosphere and a good solid idea was crucial in making a fine "slash and cut"-movie. The cast is also one of the more likable in the genre. It is also necessary viewing for movie buffs as Tarantino has gone on record saying it is his favorite slasher too, but to be honest the film has some pretty pathetic humor in it.
Harry Warden a été victime, plusieurs années auparavant, d'un accident provoqué par des collègues de travail à la mine, trop pressés de célébrer la Saint-Valentin. Interné depuis dans un asile psychiatrique, il s'enfuit dans le but de se venger et assassine plusieurs mineurs de la région ainsi que leurs petites amies. Bof ! www.cinefiches.com
Setting such as old mine, grisly deaths, urban legend of Valentine murders as a result of traumatic events from the small town's past and beautiful theme song "The Ballad Of Harry Warden" place this above most of its competitors. There's also something seductive in a premise that manages to connect love and death, as a polar opposites, through a typical holiday themed slasher film.
Se trata de un slasher más que correcto, bien narrado, con un guión compacto que sólo se fractura al final (la motivación del verdadero asesino resulta confusa y poco plausible). No llega a la redondez y perfección de Halloween, pero está más lograda que Viernes 13.