Valentine (2001)
February 15, 2022 1:27 AM - Subscribe

Five friends are stalked by a killer wearing a Cupid mask around Valentine's Day.

Adapted by the novel by Tom Savage and directed by Jamie Blanks (Urban Legend). Featuring Katherine Heigl and starring Denise Richards and David Boreanz.
posted by miss-lapin (6 comments total)
 
How is this? I never saw it the first time around, but our kiddo tends to appreciate the way 90s slashers live up to the tropes but have less sex and gore.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 2:41 PM on February 15 [1 favorite]


This is one of my favorite slashers. I live for the day that VS decides to put a blu with a bunch of extras on it.
posted by miss-lapin at 2:44 PM on February 15


I forgot to add currently streaming on Shudder.
posted by miss-lapin at 2:46 PM on February 15


The funny thing about calling something "by the numbers" is that people discount how that means the thing hits all the marks.

This is a slasher that hits all the marks. It's shallow as fuck and sort of predictable, but if you need the itch scratched, it does not miss.

It is both vacuous and completely satisfactory.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:41 PM on February 15 [1 favorite]


I don't agree it's entirely shallow. It's a movie all about these beautiful women trying for genuine connection and ending up with predatory men, albeit different shades of predatory. Even the detective uses his position to hit on Denise Richards. You can read this movie as being about toxic masculinity manifested in various forms including homicidal, which is sadly still very relevant. It's done so in an entertaining way, but I do believe that it's there.
posted by miss-lapin at 7:34 PM on February 15 [1 favorite]


That is an interesting read! As I was watching it, it played more like they were simply trying you make everyone a suspect. Maybe I missed something.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:03 AM on February 16


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