Valentine ★★★★½

I got inspired to rebuild my DVD collection, which I mostly gave away because the house was getting cluttered. I had an epiphany that I wanted to have physical media once again. So I bought a new (and cute) DVD player. No Blu-Ray for me just yet. Too out of my budget. So, anyway, I also got a secondhand copy of one of my absolute favorite post-Scream slashers, which is Valentine. I had a copy before but it's among those I gave away.

Valentine tells the story of a group of women who are stalked and killed one by one, by a mystery killer for rejecting him at a high school dance, which led to him being sent away as a kid.

After all this time, it is still so good. I liked most of our main characters, if not, I found them at least entertaining to watch. The killer looks so good. I love the design of his mask and the suit he wears. The kills were neutered because the studio was afraid of backlash after a recent and unfortunate school shooting at the time. That said, I think most of the kills were still pretty effective. There's some very creative use of a shower glass, I'll tell you that much.

The score is also pretty great as well. A lot of piano, a lot of synth. It works well for this movie.

Is this one of those slashers that went down and will go down in history as a game changer that turned the genre on its head? No. Is it a fine piece of entertainment with plenty of slasher creativity, that's just a blast to watch every time I see it? Absolutely.

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