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My Bloody Valentine Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Old-school slasher film is too gory for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this iconic slasher film -- recently remade as My Bloody Valentine 3-D -- is full of gory deaths, especially in this DVD's "Unrated" version; the stalking miner-suit wearing killer is also quite frightening. The film also has the requisite '80s slasher-film link between sex and death, where teens at play are targets for a killer's wrath while doing the figurative deed.

  • Families can talk about the appeal of the slasher film -- what makes these movies so well-loved, and such often-remade movies by modern Hollywood? Families can also talk about the Freudian link between sex and death in these films; why do these movies seem compelled to show teens being murdered during sex? Is it a cautionary warning, or grim exploitation?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Discussion of the dirty, dangerous work of mining; the film revolves in part around a love triangle, with heartfelt discussions of love lost and regret between the murders.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Pickaxe murder; murder by power tool; deadly cave-ins; disembodied organs are seen; drinking games are played with knives; a shriveled and burned body tumbles out of a clothes dryer; murder by boiling water; by impalement with shower unit; hanging; mutilation, where a trapped man rips/bites/cuts off his own arm; cannibalism; more murders, all quite graphic. Fights between angry friends.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Some female undressing as a woman meets a man for an assignation and is killed (the mingling of sexuality and violence in the entire film is quite strong); some male bare-chested showering. Kissing by blanked-covered persons; a condom is shown.

  • language false3

    Language: Some, including "f--k," "son-of-a-bitch," "dammit," "s--t," and "hell," "a--holes," and more

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Some brands (Camel ciagrettes, Moosehead beer) visible.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Beer and hard liquor are drunk; cigarettes are smoked. Chewing tobacco is enjoyed.

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