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Lionsgate Relocates Bloody Valentine

My Bloody ValentineLionsgate sure does enjoy moving its films around lately, but there was one title we were positive would stay in its place, My Bloody Valentine.

The 3D remake by Patrick Lussier was originally slated for a January 23rd release (oddly not on St. Valentine’s Day, but close enough), which is also the same show date for the second Underworld sequel. Instead of moving the picture back to cash in on the holiday it shares the same name with, Lionsgate has pushed My Bloody Valentine up to January 16th, 2009. Not a good sign.

Ten years ago, a tragedy changed the town of Harmony forever. Tom Hanniger, an inexperienced coal miner, caused an accident in the tunnels that trapped and killed five men and sent the only survivor, Harry Warden, into a permanent coma. But Harry Warden wanted revenge. Exactly one year later, on Valentine’s Day, he woke up…and brutally murdered twenty-two people with a pickaxe before being killed.

Ten years later, Tom Hanniger returns to Harmony on Valentine’s Day, still haunted by the deaths he caused. Struggling to make amends with his past, he grapples with unresolved feelings for his ex-girlfriend, Sarah, who is now married to his best friend, Axel, the town sheriff. But tonight, after years of peace, something from Harmony’s dark past has returned. Wearing a miner’s mask and armed with a pickaxe, an unstoppable killer is on the loose. And as his footsteps come ever closer, Tom, Sarah and Axel realize in terror that it just might be Harry Warden who’s come back to claim them.

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  • Didn’t See It Coming

    It would be really dumb of Lionsgate to release this against Friday the 13th. How is moving it UP a bad sign?

  • Skram

    This doesn’t have anything to do with the topic of the release date, but i thought it would be cool to let everyone know that the orignal movie was filmed in my home town.I was 5 at the time. It’s called Sydney Mines and at the time a small mining town.It’s located in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia Canada. Many of the buildings and homes you see in the film are still there. I know its not a big deal, but its pretty cool a movie shot in Sydney Mines has remained such a “cult” classic and also to be remade.

  • Kryten Syxx

    January and February are usually the dumping grounds for movies that studios sometimes don’t have a lot faith in. What I saw as a bad sign was that AND if another horror flick shows up in that month, where’s MBV going to go next?

    • The Unknown Murderer

      The studio should move the film to the weekend before Valentine’s Day because people will be looking forward to the Holiday. January is ugly…I remember seeing White Noise in a January…

      Blech.

  • The Unknown Murderer

    Yeah, I wouldn’t want to go up against the F13 remake. I would love to see this as a double-feature as it would feel REALLY good, but no.

    Wait, a want to see a remake double-feature? Dear Lord, what did I just say?!?

    I wouldn’t want to compete with Underworld, either. But that movie is really sketchy this time around seeing as how Kate Beckinsale isn’t even involved.

    Seems like the week after Underworld would be a better idea. But you know what? I’m gonna see MBV anyways.

    • Avid Fan

      Hell yeah a double feature would be excellent for these two re-makes, good call. It would certainly lend it a bit more of an event feel like the Grindhouse double bill.

      As to Underworld being sketchy this time around, when wasn’t it sketchy to begin with? Vampires with guns? What’s the point of being a vampire if you gotta kill with guns?

      • The Unknown Murderer

        Good point about the Underworld movies being sketchy to begin with. After both films claimed decent box office, maybe they think a change to Rhona Mitra won’t be a big deal.

        I like your photo, but don’t like it at the same time. That scene was one of the only things to ever really gross me out as a kid. Gates Of Hell rules.

  • G.D.

    I don’t know that a one-week shift is a big deal at all. It was already scheduled for January, which is a dumping ground for shit, so what’s a week’s difference?

  • The Woman In Black

    I’m not sure why moving it up is a bad sign, but it does seem really silly not to open it on Valentine’s weekend.

    • Chainsaw

      Agreed. If you’re going to put it anywhere, open it Friday, February 13th (the day before V-Day AND Friday the 13th!)

      Unless they somehow want to drop the F13 remake that day.

      Which, looking at the article about the movie, is indeed the plan. OK, never mind. Scratch that idea.