Ten years ago in the town of Harmony, an inexperienced coal
miner caused an accident that trapped and killed five men and
sent the only survivor, Harry Warden, into a coma. When Harry
awoke, exactly one year later on Valentine’s Day, he wanted
revenge and brutally murdered 22 people with a pickax before
being killed himself. Now, after years of peace, something from
Harmony’s dark past has returned. Wearing a miner’s
mask and armed with a pickax, an unstoppable killer is on the
loose. As his footsteps come ever closer, the townspeople realize
in terror that it just might be Harry Warden who has found his
We are sure in the midst of trashing slasher movies like this one directed by Patrick Lussier (White Noise: The Light, Dracula 2000), they have their place in pop culture. How can it be that movie companies continue to churn out products like this, and they continue to make money at the box office? And in a move that we must take our hats off to, modern 3D technology is infused into this movie, and you can watch that intestine fly towards you, in the comfort of your own room.
There’s no need to worry about breaking those expensive glasses provided at the cinemas anymore – because you get not one, not two, not three, but four pairs of 3D glasses in this DVD! Of course, they are made of cardboard: What do you expect from that affordable price you paid for the double disc set, which includes both 2D and 3D versions of the movie?
In the old school style of slasher flicks, this one is set in an old mining town, where a horrible drilling accident once happened. Ten years later, our protagonist returns to the town where his father was killed, and decides to sell the mine his father owned. Together with a motley crew of other clueless teenagers, the nightmare which involves a pickaxe will return to haunt the townsfolk, and viewers can expect lots of bloodshed, and killings so violently gory that made this movie M18 (an edited version from the R21 theatrical version released earlier this year).
You need not wait long to see the first killing in full 3D effect – it happens eight minutes into the movie, and boy, it is one guilty pleasure to see it happen. And there you would be, expecting more to come along the way, at a pace that leaves you breathless. And it is in this spirit you give up trying to understand the story and whether there’s any logic behind it. Who cares? As long as you can see hearts being dug out, bodies being ripped open, pickaxes tearing faces apart and a naked woman screaming and running for her life, why would you want to pay attention to the movie’s plot development?
You won’t even care for the unknown actors’ performances, because they do not really matter anyway. You would be more concerned about the images seen through your swanky (but somewhat flimsy) 3D glasses to critic the acting here. It’s sick, but it’s fun, and we think that this genre is one that will excite viewers in years to come.
SPECIAL FEATURES :
This Code 3 DVD contains quite a bit of special features, not in 3D though. There is a three minute Extended Scene involving a more in depth explanation of the accident in the mine. The two minute Gag Reel makes things a little more light hearted by showing some NG takes. There are also 16 minutes of Deleted Scenes which are thankfully left out in the final version of the movie. We don’t want this kind of movie to stretch any longer than it should. The one minute Alternate Ending is one that isn’t as exciting as the one chosen for the final version of the movie.
Deep Inside My Bloody Valentine takes you behind the scenes of the movie, where the cast and crew tells you about how hard times were when they shot inside a real mine. The seven minute clip is a claustrophobic journey into the set. The six minute Sex, Blood and Screams shows you how some of the special effects are done – very insightful.
This is the first 3D DVD we are reviewing, and it sure is one exciting experience. The disc’s visual transfer is nicely done to have you appreciating the 3D effects, and there are English Dolby Digital 2.0 or 5.1 audio tracks for you to choose from.
by John Li
Posted on 21 August 2009