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Valentine

Valentine Movie Poster

Warner Brothers, DVD, 2001, Rated R, 1 hr. 35 min.

The horror movies I grew up with were the traditional slasher flicks like Halloween and Friday the 13th, so I have  a special fondness for that type of movie.  Valentine is the typical slasher movie, with a side of cheesecake.

Five girls who teased a geeky boy in junior high are now in their early twenties and are being gruesomely killed one by one.  Is Jeremy Melton extracting revenge, or is someone else out to get the five friends?

The one thing this movie does not do is make you sympathetic to the five girls' plight.  They were really cruel to poor Jeremy and after watching what they did to him, I could understand him wanting revenge.

Adding plenty of attitude and cheesecake is Denise Richards, who plays Paige the most, shall we say, amorous, of the five friends.  I have a hard time taking Richards seriously and here you don't have too - she's supposed to be a bimbo!  

David Boreanaz (Angel from the WB's Angel) plays Adam, the drunk boyfriend of Kate (Marley Shelton).  He's barely in the movie and you never quite know why he's there in the first place.  He is central to the end of the movie, so they should have played up his part throughout the film so it didn't seem like he was just thrown in at the end to make a plot twist. 

Jessica Capshaw (Kate Capshaw's daughter and Steven Spielberg's step-daughter) plays Dorothy, the once overweight teen who is trying to fit in as a slimmed down adult.  This movie certainly isn't of the same caliber of Spielberg's movies, and it's good to see her making her way on her own (Tori Spelling, take note).  Capshaw is a good actress and steals the show from the other leading ladies.  She actually looks a little too classy to be in the film.

The other girls in the film I can't really say anything about because they looked alike and I got tired of trying to tell them apart.  Apparently, blonde was the only casting criteria.

This is not the best horror movie I've seen, but I enjoyed it for what it was, a slasher movie with eye candy.


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QUICK FACTS

Studio

Warner Brothers

Genre

Horror

Rating

R

Length

95 Minutes

Color

Yes

Sound

Yes

 

CAST

Actor / Actress

Character

Denise Richards

Paige

Jessica Cauffiel

Lily

Marley Shelton

Kate

Jessica Capshaw

Dorothy 

David Boreanaz

Adam 

 

CREW

Jamie Blanks

Director

Dylan Sellers

Producer

Rick Bota

Cinematography

Don Davis

Music

http://valentinemovie.warnerbros.com/

Reviewed by: Hauntmistress 3/31/2003

 
   

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