Valentine (2001) Movie Review

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Valentine (2001)

2001 | R | Horror, Thriller, Mystery
96 minutes / 1h 36min

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Valentine Plot Synopsis:

Valentine's Day 1988: At the school dance, geeky Jeremy Melton bravely faces one rejection after the other when asking four popular girls to dance with him. A fifth girl, plump and insecure, agrees, but they end up making out under the bleachers. When a group of school bullies catches them, the girl claims that Jeremy attacked her. This causes them to strip off his clothes and beat him up in front of the entire school. Flash forward to 2001. We meet the five girls who were in that school gym: Kate, Paige, Shelly, Lily and the formerly plump Dorothy. They are all in their 20's now and trying to sort out their love lives, which is appropriate, since Valentine's Day is coming up. After a disastrous date with a loser, one of the girls, a pre-med student, is murdered by a Cherub-mask wearing killer who sent her a death threat in the form of a Valentine card prior to the attack. After the four remaining girls are reunited at her funeral, they all start receiving threatening cards and messages. At first they don't know who would want to hurt them, but eventually they figure that maybe Jeremy is responsible. Police records show that Jeremy has completely disappeared, so no one knows what he looks like. Could the formerly nerdish Jeremy have had plastic surgery and turned into one of the girls' handsome boyfriends? Who ever it is, the lone survivor has to put a stop to this spurned individual's murder spree before she, too, becomes a valentine to die for.

Valentine (2001) Review

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.

  • Valentine Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 6
  • Overall Score: 3.73
  • IMDB: 4.8
  • MetaCritic: 1.8
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 0.9

About Valentine 2001

Title: Valentine
Year: 2001
Runtime: 96 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 1.86/5 stars from 22,447 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 22,447
MPAA Rating: R
Valentine Cast Starring: Ty Olsson, Dalias Blake, C. Ernst Harth, Marley Shelton, Adrian Holmes, Benita Ha, Haig Sutherland, Fulvio Cecere, Chris Webb, Adam Harrington, Alex Diakun, Noel Fisher, Joel Palmer, Claude Duhamel, Kendall Saunders, G. Patrick Currie, Jessica Capshaw, Denise Richards, Jessica Cauffiel, Katherine Heigl, Hedy Burress, Basia Antos, Marshall Virtue, Adam J. Harrington, Wyatt Page, Sarah Mjanes, Paul Magel, Brittany Mayers, Kate Logie, Chelcie Burgart
Valentine Writers: Tom Savage, Donna Powers, Wayne Powers
Valentine Director: Jamie Blanks
Box Office: $19,755,422
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
Language: English
Country: USA