I hate Valentine's Day.
Don't get me wrong. I'm OK with love, statements and expressions thereof, chocolate, and so forth. But I despise completely the idea that there should be one single day where all of this should be ramped up to outrageous proportions when we're supposed to be showing love to significant people all the time anyway. So with this in mind, I shall examine the horror movie Valentine for today's Tales From The Monster Shop installment.
Valentine showed up in 2001, and came dragging in at the end of the post-Scream revival of the teen slasher movie genre, which consisted largely of the Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and Urban Legend franchises, and to some extent the Halloween H20 film. Directed by Jamie Blanks (who had also directed Urban Legend), Valentine was a slasher film with a Valentine's Day theme, and was poorly received by moviegoers despite the participation of David Boreanaz (of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel and Bones fame) and Denise Richards, both of whom were popular stars among its target audience. Compared to the continuous self-referencing of the Scream series, Valentine was seen as a poorly executed throwback to a more conventional mode of slasher film.
|The bad little girl and the good little girl|
|Seeing Shelley off|
|Is that you, Jeremy?|
|And soon the screaming starts...|
MAD DOCTOR'S NOTE: Valentine is available from most preferred video rental outlets, or you may buy it here at Amazon.com. Caveat emptor.