As remakes of slasher films go, My Bloody Valentine is the best one so far. To be fair to this film I’m trying to curb my comparisons between it and the original. I’m also keeping this mini review bare bones because I don’t want to spoil the surprises. The audience screamed, begged for certain characters to be spared, and yelled “Run you stupid bitch” at Sarah on more than one occasion. It was this audience participation that really gave me flashbacks of seeing slashers in theaters back in the 80’s. The numerous jump scares, gory deaths, and sick humor made MBV 09 a good time. Plus, it was great seeing Tom Atkins on the big screen again.
The downside is I don’t think I would have enjoyed the film as much if I hadn’t experienced the audience participation. There is something missing from the core of MBV that keeps it from being anything other than a popcorn film. Why Harry Warden goes on a killing spree isn’t fully explained. I mention this because one guy in the audience shouted “Why is this guy killing people?” during a hospital massacre.
I’m not a fan of slasher remakes but I did enjoy MBV 09 (can’t call it 3D because it wasn’t here). It has some problems but the scary bits make up for weak subplots. I know a lot of slasher fans will condemn MBV outright, but give it a chance before you throw it under the bus.