R | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A decades-old folk tale surrounding a deranged murderer killing those who celebrate Valentine's Day turns out to be true to legend when a group defies the killer's order and people start turning up dead.
According to an interview by The Terror Trap, composer Paul Zaza spoke about wanting to create a different kind of musical motif for each of the individual murders, as well as make the music have a "dripping, damp, creepy sound to it, like in the mine setting itself." He also stated that the end credits song, "The Ballad of Harry Warden", was written because the movie producers wanted a song that could be a hit single on a vinyl record, but they ran out of funding and so "The Ballad of Harry Warden" was written instead. Most of the soundtrack to My Bloody Valentine (1981) was never commercially released.
Chief Jake Newby:
"It happened once, it happened twice. Cancel the dance, or it'll happen thrice."
Chief Jake Newby's pipe disappears then reappears when driving Mayor Hanniger.
At the beginning of the rolling credits, you will hear the evil-doer miner (Harry Warden) laugh.
Although the UK cinema version was never cut by the BBFC the print used was culled from the US R-rated version, though it contained an additional closing shot of an arm being ripped off which was not present in any later releases. The 1989 CIC video and 2003 DVD versions contain the original heavily cut R-rated US print.