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My Bloody Valentine 3-D Review


Very Good
When slasher films dominated the local theater chains way back in the '80s, holidays seemed to be the sensible starting place to develop your fear franchise. Halloween had proven profitable, and Friday the 13th definitely scared up big bucks. So why not milk the rest of the festival calendar and see what transpires? Sadly, for every April Fool's Day, there was a Happy Birthday to Me.

For a long time, a cult has centered around one of the era's most talked about titles: My Bloody Valentine. With most of its violence cut out and a "blue collar" perspective on the carnage, it remains for many a good time guilty pleasure. Now Lionsgate has seen fit to remake the movie, using an old '50s gimmick as a selling point -- and you know what, it works like a blood-spattered charm.

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My Bloody Valentine Review


Good
In the highly competitive (and commerce-oriented) business called show, mimicry is the sincerest form of financial flattery. Once a genre hits, or film type clicks, you can be guaranteed of a hundred other wannabes straggling along your cash heavy coattails. After the one-two profitability punch of Halloween and Friday the 13th, everyone was anxious to get in the slasher business. Within months of their release, we got The Burning, Prom Night, Terror Train, and countless others. One of the best, and most brutal, came from our neighbors up North. My Bloody Valentine followed the holiday-based horror setup started by John Carpenter and Sean Cunningham, but it definitely distanced itself with its sadism and splatter.

It was 20 years ago when the small town of Valentine Bluff experienced a horrible tragedy. A gas leak caused an explosion in a mine shaft, and five men were trapped. Left to die, only one member of the crew, Harry Warden, was rescued. Naturally, the event drove him insane, and he was placed in a local asylum. A year later he escaped, and returned to the burg to seek his revenge. Cutting out the hearts of those he thought guilty, he warned that he would return should the town ever decide to celebrate Valentine's Day again. Fast forward two decades, and the citizens (along with several clueless teens) are foolishly preparing to do that very thing. And wouldn't you know it -- a masked miner with a pickaxe in hand has indeed returned, metering out his own form of body-cleaving justice.

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Rabid Review


Very Good
David Cronenberg is infamous for keeping an audience uncomfortable. His creative knack generally focuses on the alien forces within a character that separate them from their environment, with said special qualities usually generated by some sort of naïve societal push towards technology. Such is the case with eXistenZ, with its reliance on creepy looking, pulsating pods to Seth Brundle accidentally turning himself into a half-human, half-insect.

It's a theme that runs as far back in his work as 1977 with Rabid. Rose (Marilyn Chambers) and her boyfriend Hart (Frank Moore) get into a motorcycle accident not far from a hospital that mostly functions as a plastic surgery ward. Though Dr. Dan Keloid (Howard Ryshpan) is seen refusing to become the "Colonel Sanders of plastic surgery" as his business partner would like to achieve, Rose's predicament does allow him to experiment with a new method of grafting skin, which he feels is the only way to save her life. He is enthused to advance medicine for the sake of humanity, and his intentions are honorable, but the result is that he creates a variation on rabies that becomes an epidemic.

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Bounty Hunters 2: Hardball Review


Weak
Wow, Tony Curtis gets two DVD releases this month -- Some Like It Hot and Bounty Hunters 2: Hardball. One will go down as a classic of cinema. One will not.

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Bounty Hunters Review


Terrible
Michael Dudikoff, star of such films as American Ninja 2, American Ninja 4, and Enter the Ninja, teams up with Lisa Howard, star of Days of our Lives, Perry Mason, and the Highlander TV series, in Bounty Hunters, a tale of two, well, bounty hunters out to bust some mean old drug dealers.

The story is so inane and poorly told it defies any further description. Suffice it to say that the bad guys want Dudikoff dead. And Dudikoff likes cigars and setting up booby traps in his home. There's something about Howard's character not liking The Dudi... and there's a hooker who just can't control herself even when her life is in danger.

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