Roses are red, violets are blue, I had loved you, but now I must kill you. This is not something you’d want to find in a Valentine’s Day card, but several unlucky girls do in the movie Valentine. The film tells the story of several women that in their youth spurned a young classmate. We are treated to the event in the opening sequence of the movie and I’m sure we can all relate to the situation. After all, who didn’t have a geek, nerd, or outcast in grade school that the class picked on and most likely tormented to the mental breaking point.
Valentine stars an almost who’s who of young Hollywood for 2001 when the film was made. The cast is led by Denise Richards, David Boreanaz, Mary Shelton, Jessica Capshaw, Jessica Cauffiel and Katherine Heigl. Many of this cast has been seen in both Television and movies and I’m sure it will be easy for fans to find a cast member they have come to love.
The film moves forward from the grade school incident to our introduction to one of the girls from the gym. We are meeting Shelley Fisher (Heigl) who is out on a date with quite an idiot of a date. The man is so charming that Fisher, upon leaving, goes back to medical school and prepares to work on a cadaver. Here she is startled by a fellow student and finds the first of several Valentine’s Day cards that will be seen in the film. This card shows a woman getting stabbed in the neck which is also a case of foreshadowing as each card will show. Fisher meets her death shortly after finding the card and if you wish to see how, watch the movie. The death of their old classmate reaches the other friends and not long after Fisher’s funeral the other girls get their share of cards as well.
Valentine does a good job of introducing us to a traumatic event in a young man’s life that has caused him to seek revenge on those he blames for public embarrassment. The film is an attempt at taking us back to the slasher films of the 1980’s using some modern twists. Each of the old classmates have people in their life and some even boyfriends.
What makes Valentine a good Horror film is that not only does it pay some homage to the slasher films of the 1980’s, it uses the lessons learned from more recent Horror films. The look and feel of the film matches that of the 1990’s films like Scream. The film also does a good job in showing eerie elements and surprise that can keep some viewers jumping. Then of course there is the unique inventiveness of the way in which the murders take place. There is one such kill that comes as a complete surprise and well the poor victim got the “point”.
Valentine is one of those movies that did not meet great box office success. However, it is worth a viewing as I for one count it as one of my guilty pleasures. The film does such a great job in combining a good back story with more recent events that it is worth watching. The murderer in the films use of a cherub mask to hide the identity is so fitting for the Valentine motive of the film. Lastly the fact we are kept guessing on who the murderer is till the end of the film is also well done. There, of course, is a twist at the ending as there is in so many films, and hopefully those who watch the film enjoy it as much as I did.