Well, today is the day. Where we connect with our loved ones and wish them a bloody Valentine! There aren’t a tremendous amount of options when it comes to Valentine themed horror movies, but I’m sure a lot of you will be celebrating the holiday that Harry Warden laid claim to with his bloody pick ax by watching one of his movies.
I’ve made it a tradition to host an annual Anti-Valentine’s Day MY BLOODY VALENTINE double feature. I like to start with the 2009 remake first, in proper 3D, and then follow it up with the now-out-of-print uncut version of the original 1981 cult classics! (More on that in a minute.)
To get you in the mood, might I recommend picking up Waxwork Records‘ excellent vinyl release of MY BLOODY VALENTINE ’81, which is still available via their website. On top of the stellar score by Paul Zaza, you’ll also get the end credit closing song, “The Ballad of Harry Warden” as performed by John McDermott. Have a listen to that below!
And if you don’t have the means to watch the uncut version, well then I’ll give you a sample of what you’re missing. Below is a video I found on You Tube that features all of the uncut scenes edited to Marilyn Manson’s “Mobscene!”
I’ve argued it before, but I’ll state it again. It’s only years later that the original MY BLOODY VALENTINE has finally amassed it’s cult following and reputation as one of the horror greats. It’s a sin that Harry Warden didn’t become more iconic, or that we didn’t get sequels for either interpretation of the story. However, with the gore reinstated into the original cut, it gives the movie that extra omph; it amplifies each kill and puts it on par with any FRIDAY THE 13TH sequel.
I truly hope that Harry Warden or some iteration of MY BLOODY VALENTINE shall one day return. Until then… let’s celebrate Valentine’s Day with a double feature of both films!