In the mining town of Harmony, a drilling accident is caused by the son of the owner, Tom Hanniger. The mine collapses, burying six miners alive. The rescue team finds only Harry Warden alive, but in coma, and the other miners murdered by his pickax, and they conclude that Harry killed them to save oxygen for himself. On Valentine's Day, Harry awakes from his coma in the local hospital, and he kills twenty-two people, including a group of teenagers that are partying in the mine. Harry is killed by the deputy, but the only survivors are Tom Hanniger, his girlfriend Sarah, their friend Axel Palmer and his girlfriend Irene. Ten years later, Tom returns to Harmony after the death of his father. Tom has decided to sell the Hanniger Mine, and finds that Sarah has married Axel, who is now the local sheriff, and they have a son named Noah. On Valentine's Day, Harry Warden also returns, seeking revenge against those that had escaped his pickax in the past, and Tom is accused by Axel and other locals, who in turn makes accusations against Axel.
So anyone who has read my reviews of remakes knows I am not a fan of that concept. However, I usually will give them a chance. Not sure if it is to try to relive the great slashers of the past or if it just gives me a chance to bitch about stuff. Either way, with Valentine's Day on the horizon, I decided to give this one a viewing.
As much as I want to "pick" it apart, if only for the "remake" aspect, I couldn't find much to complain about. It did harken me back to the days of the classic slasher films... and that was enjoyable. The film didn't seem to take itself too seriously and contained quite a bit of blood and gore... which only heightened the experience for me. I didn't watch the 3D version, because I couldn't give a flying shit about 3D... and I wish that trend would go away.
I thought this was a well done remake and could possibly stand alone as one of my favorite remakes in the horror genre. They did alot of things to try to stay as true to the original without trying to do a word-for-word remake. Whether you are an old school horror junkie or a new school horror fan... if you are hunting for a movie to watch on Valentine's Day (or any other time of the year for that matter), "pick" this one up and you won't regret it.