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ONE OF THE BEST SLASHER FILMS OF THE 1980′S.
ALLOT OF PEOPLE WILL SAY IT’S JUST A RIP-OFF OF HALLOWEEN.
YES, IT IS, BUT IS IS ALSO ONE OF THE GREATEST HORROR FILMS
This is a very fine Review. I played Tommy Whitcomb in the original film and recently was invited to a horror convention in Cherry Hill and was frankly shocked by the passion the fans have for the movie. The only inacccuracy I could see was that he called us 30 or 40 something. Lori, Rob and I were 24; Helene was 20; Alf and Keith were 27. But I am nitpicking. I am only beginning to understand why so many people love this film so much. Thansk for a truly well written review.
“Tommy Whitcomb, what the hell’s the matter with you. Where’s your brains? How many time have I…”
“Chief, listen to me, we were having a party down at the mine and Harry Warden STARTED KILLING EVERYBODY!”
Love that last line!
Jim, this is indeed a special film and it’s nice to see it finally get the recognition it so richly deserves. Even though it’s squarely in the vast slasher subgenre in terms of the basic setup, there is quiet simply no other film like it, in any genre. The story, setting, the cast, the atmospehere- it’s a unique, one-of-a-kind film and one that has stood the test of time. I fell in love with it back in the summer of 1982, as a then budding 11 year old horror fan, and it has always been one of my favorite films of all time (ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK from the same year is my #1…MBV is in the #2 spot), even over classics like HALLOWEEN, JAWS, STAR WARS, ALIEN and the like. I grew up with MY BLOODY VALENTINE.
Be proud of your contribution to the film- I’ve always felt that the casting of MY BLOODY VALENTINE was one of the key elements that make it work, especially the supporting roles.
I hope you do more conventions/reunions, as I’d love to make it to one and finally, after almost 3 decades, meet all you guys (“It’ll be a BLAST!” as Tommy would say!).
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