B-Sides: The Ballad of My Bloody Valentine

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B-Sides is typically a weekend column, but I couldn’t let Valentine’s Day slide without presenting the greatest Valentine horror B-Sides of all. If you haven’t already guessed “The Ballad of Harry Warden” from the original My Bloody Valentine, then you more than anyone else need to read on.

Do you really need me to explain My Bloody Valentine’s plot to you? The remake was just a few years ago so you should already be quite familiar. Valentine’s Day… Maniac dressed as a miner killing people with a pick axe… It’s My Bloody Valentine, for crying out loud.

Debate all you want about the merits of the 1981 original and the 2009 3D remake all you want; there’s no denying that one of the aspects that makes the original more memorable is the hauntingly beautiful folk song that tells the tale of the murderous miner who haunts a small town every February 14th.

I will give you no chocolate or roses on this Valentine’s Day. Instead I give you a pick axe to the eye and the title track to the 1981 slasher classic My Bloody Valentine. Written by Paul Zaza and performed by John McDermott, here is your B-Sides Valentine, “The Ballad of Harry Warden”.

B-Sides: The Ballad of My Bloody Valentine

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