Holidays

★★½☆ – (2016) – Anthology of six stories that focus on a bullied teen, an evil spawn, a resurrected creature, fertility rituals, a family search, female revenge, a virtual reality device, and dual murderers, all taking place on separate holidays. Though there are brushes with amateurism and silliness, there are also moments of shock and tension. Nothing stands out as a classic, as even the best tales have lackluster outcomes, but this is enjoyable straight through.

My Bloody Valentine

★★½☆ – (1981) – A killer stalks a coal mining community as Valentine’s Day approaches. The love triangle doesn’t mean much, and the murder mystery is hardly original, but the mine atmosphere is gratifying and some fun is had among the characters. Doesn’t always make sense, but a few good murders take the focus off the inconsistencies.

Valentine

★★½☆ – (2001) – A killer in a laughable mask picks off an annoying clique of girls who have soap opera problems. Doesn’t do anything not seen a hundred times before, but features some creative kills and is busy enough to hold interest throughout. Far from original,¬†yet the ’80s slasher vibe helps as does the unintentionally memorable moments (toilet hair cleanse anyone?).