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Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine

In honour of today being Valentine's Day... a day when we all want to win that "special" someone's heart (and possibly gnaw on it a bit), I thought I would revisit a horror movie based on this romantic day.  I remember watching the original "My Bloody Valentine" several years ago, but I can't remember enough to do a decent review of it- nor have I seen the recent remake of it.

So, alas, I will have to shoot my arrows at the 2001 teen slasher move, "Valentine".  I wish I could say these were arrows of love, but alas (I do love that word), I can not.  Cupid's arrow misses the mark with this not so sweet gift.

Even though I do enjoy David  Boreanaz in the TV show "Angel", and as FBI Special Agent Seely Booth on "Bones", he wasn't quite able to save this film from being a Valentine offering I'd like to return to sender.  Nor could Denise Richards' hotness, since she was a big draw name at the time.  The rest of the actors were passable, but what good is passable acting when the characters lack any redeeming value that makes you at least care when they die?

I will give this movie credit for doing a decent job filming the kill scenes... but they lacked the scares needed when you consider the nasty personalities of those getting offed.  Despite the effort put into these scenes, they do come off as if the killer was following the steps outlined in a manual.

So, lack of scares and likeable characters, formulaic kills, and passable acting unfortunately puts this movie within "The Ugly", and doesn't win this piece a place in my heart.

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