Valentine (2001) is an American thriller horror movie that is based loosely on Tom Savage‘s novel with the same title. Director Jamie Blanks (Storm Warning (2007), Urban Legend (1998), Long Weekend (2008)) failed at executing this movie but at least he is not at the bottom of the list. Valentine contains sexual references/content, nudity, violence, bad language, suspense, lack of scare factors and plot holes.
Valentine is about kids in junior high school in the year 1988. Jeremy Melton (Joel Palmer - Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog (1995), Bang Bang You’re Dead (2002), Dreamcatcher (2003)) is a lonely student at the junior high school that is an outcast. Jeremy asks four popular girls, Shelley, Lily and Paige and Kate at the school dance to dance with him, and they all turn him down. Dorothy Wheeler (Kate Logie) is friends with the popular girls and accepts Jeremy’s dance proposal. Jeremy and Dorothy hid and went under the bleachers and started to make out but not for long. Dorothy reported that Jeremy sexually assaulted her, and she did not consent to anything after the school bullies found them making out under the bleachers. The bullies then stripped all of Jeremy’s clothes off of his body and beat him in front of everyone at the dance.
One of the popular girls, Shelley Fisher (Katherine Heigl - Grey’s Anatomy (2005), Knocked Up (2007), Life as We Know It (2010)) is a medical student practicing at a morgue for her exam thirteen years after the humiliation of Jeremy at the school dance. Shelley had received a disgusting Valentine’s day card and is chased by assumingly a killer wearing a Cupid’s mask. Shelley hides in a body bag at the morgue but it is too late for apologies as her throat is slit. Guess what, Dorothy (Jessica Capshaw - The Practice (1997), Grey’s Anatomy (2005), Minority Report (2002)) lost a lot of weight and also received a card that was terrifying. The card read "Roses are red; Violets are blue, They’ll need dental records to identify you." Lily Voight (Jessica Cauffiel - Legally Blonde (2001), Road Trip (2000), White Chicks (2004)) received a card which says, "You are what you eat" and a box of chocolates as a Valentine present from the killer. Lily started to throw up when she takes a bite of the chocolate and saw maggots in them.
The above is just a gist of what the movie is about, and it only contains the first few minutes of the movie. Wow - imagine turning down someone at a school dance several years ago and now being taunted by them and even killed for not dancing with that person! I gave this movie a six because it was a nice and enjoyable watch - different at the time from some horror movies. I will not be watching this movie again and would recommend horror fans with an open mind to watch.
About Valentine (2001)
Starring: Ty Olsson, Dalias Blake, David Boreanaz, C. Ernst Harth, Fulvio Cecere, Adam Harrington, Marley Shelton, Benita Ha, Alex Diakun, Katherine Heigl, Hedy Burress, Kendall Saunders, Haig Sutherland, Adrian Holmes, Marshall Virtue, Denise Richards, Chris Webb, Noel Fisher, Joel Palmer, Woody Jeffreys, Claude Duhamel, Jessica Capshaw, Jessica Cauffiel, Daniel Boileau, G. Patrick Currie, Basia Antos, Carla Boudreau, Vanessa Volker, Daniel Cosgrove, Johnny Whitworth
Director: Jamie Blanks
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