‘My Bloody Valentine’ At 40: A Collection Of Tasty Tidbits

Canadian slasher film "My Bloody Valentine" turns 40. Illustration by Victoria Diaz.

After seeing My Bloody Valentine it’s almost impossible to open a box of chocolates the same way again. On the 40th anniversary of Canada’s most famous slasher film, Halloween Every Night offers a few tasty factual tidbits to tide you over. 


  1. The film received negative reviews on its release, but has since gained a cult following. 
  2. Director Quentin Tarantino has claimed My Bloody Valentine is his favorite slasher movie.
  3. The film crew used the bare minimum of 50-watt bulbs to safely light scenes in the mines.
  4. Filming began in the middle of September 1980. 
  5. The townspeople of Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia, spent $50,000 to repaint the town after learning the film would be shot there. 
  6. Every kill in the film was cut or censored in some way, with Mabel’s (Patricia Hamilton) death — at 20 seconds — being cut the least. 
  7. Despite the film’s success, a sequel called The Return of the Miner was never made. 
  8. The film is featured on Rotten Tomatoes’ “The 20 Scariest Opening Scenes in Horror Movie History.” 
  9. The film was remade in 2009, starring Supernatural’s Jensen Ackles. 
  10. To give the film a uniquely Canadian feel, director George Mihalka said they were going to have a “bunch of Canadian actors with Canadian accents in obviously a Canadian setting.”


The movie is available on Amazon Prime, Vudu and Fandango Now.