Here's another classic slasher from the early 80s. Released at a time when the genre was finding its stride My Bloody Valentine rode the wake of movies like Halloween and Friday the 13th but in hindsight it set itself apart. Much like The Prowler (also released in 81) it paced itself differently, allowing for better set ups which amplified the kill scenes. In a small mining town with a horrific past a class of high school students organise the first Valentine's Day dance in 20 years. With a valentine's day tragedy thought to be urban legend, the town folk start showing up in pieces and the party goers soon find themselves at the mercy of a faceless killer. Obviously it's true to formula and pulls most of the usual strings, but there's a quality about it that stands up against most of it's peers. Like The Prowler it never spawned any sequels and perhaps this adds to its strength some 30 years later. The killer, clad in mining gear, is genuinely scary and not at all hokey and the pace of the film moves along nice and fast. Its one of the highlights of the 80s slasher genre for me and I recommend it to anyone looking for quality horror. Just make sure you watch the uncut version because the theatrical cut is very tame. Oh and if you watch this original then there is NO point visiting the cruddy remake!