Monday, February 8, 2010

Valentine's Day Horror

In honor of the upcoming Valentine’s Day Celebrations, I thought I’d get you in the mood with the horror side of love. Here’s some great flicks to put you – not in the mood. I personally liked “Valentine”—for a modern-day usual-scenario horror movie, it was inventive and creepy. "Harper's Island" is my favorite miniseries of all time. There's a little something here for everyone from hardcore slasher to stalker to comedy/drama.

“My Bloody Valentine” 1981. There's a big valentine-party planned in the little coal mining town of Valentine Bluffs, Nova Scotia. It is the first Valentine's Day party in 20 years, because then there was an accident in the mine, and the accident happened because the men responsible for the security was at the party. The sole surviving miner, named Harry Warden, later killed them, and told the town NEVER to arrange a Valentine's Day party again. The party begins, and so does the killing... There was a 2009 remake of this, but the original is still the best.

“Valentine” 2001. Denise Richards. David Boreanaz. It is the late 1980's. At a high school dance, young nerdish-looking Jeremy Melton is spurned & insulted by every girl he asks to dance, except one named Dorothy. Later they start making out under the bleachers until a group of bullies discover them, and Dorothy says Jeremy attacked her. The boys further humiliate Jeremy by violently assaulting him & pulling off his clothes. About 12 years later, those same girls are in their twenties and enjoying the dating scene. But Jeremy has mysteriously disappeared. And the girls, one by one, are showing up dead. Who is it? Is it Jeremy?

“He Knows You’re Alone” 1980. (I believe this was Tom Hanks first film). A reluctant bride to be is stalked by a serial killer who only kills brides and the people around them. While her friends get whacked one by one, a hard boiled renegade cop whose bride had been killed years before tries to hunt him down before it is too late. Meanwhile, the bride has to figure out if it is all in her imagination or not, aided by her ex-boyfriend.

“Unlawful Entry”
1992. Kurt Russell, Ray Liotta, Madeline Stowe. A young professional couple are befriended and looked after by one very kindly uniformed police officer, who at first merely answers a burglary call at their home, but in the course of time his ever-increasing attentions are focused on the wife—and getting rid of hubby.

“The War of the Roses” 1989. Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito. The Roses, Barbara and Oliver, live happily as a married couple. Then she starts to wonder what life would be like without Oliver, and likes what she sees. Both want to stay in the house, and so they begin a campaign to force each other to leave. In the middle of the fighting is D'Amato, the divorce lawyer. He gets to see how far both will go to get rid of the other, and boy do they go far.

“Harper’s Island” (miniseries) 2009. An engaged couple brings their wedding party to an island off the coast of Washington to join in their joy, only a killer loose on the island has other plans and love becomes a rather twisted evil thing. Very addictive and hot!


  1. I woke up today by a horrible nightmare that could easily be a scene of a movie. My dad was walking the dogs and he seemed in trouble. He was screaming that the taxi driver of a cab close to him threatened him with a knife. He said he had memorised his license while i was running towards him for help. Then we realised that he was trying to run us over, so we run to our appartment building. By the time i reached the building i yelled to my dog to follow me but she went barking to the knife guy! I left her and tried to run up the stairs but he started torturing her and i woke up by her screams!
    Anyhoo, i totally agree with the previous post. People who try to find something are more easily discredited than those who just come upon it by chance!

  2. Poor thing. I hate nightmares like that. The good thing to focus on is how you handled it. I think the dream represented the fact that when it comes down to it, you know that people can count on you and you'll do what needs to get done. You're thinking even in a crisis. Good state of mind!

  3. Definately Harper's Island was a murder/mystery to be seen. It was so good. I am a fan of Ray Liotta and his blue eyes but he scared me in Unlawful Entry. I also loved War of the Roses but not so much the ending. Believe it or not, I have not seen any of the Valentines movies but I'll bet they will be on cable somewhere on Valentines Day.

  4. Hey Julie;
    I have to admit that "Valentine" was one of my fav's of those stalker/tormenting/slasher movies. Very inventive and the cast was perfect for this type of movie, as well as being unusually quality. I probably should have added to that list "Wild Things" because it's a twisted tale of love and murder and betrayal and unbelievably sexy!

  5. Once again you've given me a movie to add to my Netflix queue. Never saw Valentine, but it sounds like one I'd like. (How'd I miss it?) Oh got me covered! Also, I have to agree with you on Harper's Island. I just really liked it. Wish they'd make more things like that!

    Oh, and speaking of movies you suggested and I took your advice, Tourist Trap arrived today. Woohoo!