Feb 10, 2016

PHOTOS: My Bloody Valentine 35th Anniversary Celebration

On Saturday, Feb 6, 2016 the Fright Night Theatre Film Festival in Hamilton, ON celebrated the 35th anniversary of the classic Canadian slasher MY BLOODY VALENTINE (1981) with special guest director George Mihalka.

George Mihalka, director: MY BLOODY VALENTINE (1981)
Joined by an audience of die-hard horror fans and film fanatics --  some of whom were experiencing the film for the first time -- FNTFF director and head programmer Aaron Allen led the audience in a rousing sing-along rendition of film's end-credits song "The Ballad of Harry Warden" before screening the extended edition cut of the film which restores a number of gory deaths cut from the theatrical print by the MPAA. Following the show, Aaron moderated an insightful Q&A with director George Mihalka detailing the origins of the film, its challenging production, the heartbreaking cuts forced by the MPAA, and the film's eventual resurrection as a cult classic.

It was truly a night to remember and an experience that will live on in our hearts...until Harry Warden rips it from our chest, of course.

photos by Kristopher Hadfield

Captivated audience
Festival director Aaron Allen moderates Q&A with George Mihalka
George Mihalka, director: MY BLOODY VALENTINE (1981)
Mihalka greets fans
Aaron's heart grew two sizes that night
Festival programmers Darrell Marsh and Aaron Allen with Mihalka
Mihalka with photographer Kris Hadfield
Aaron doing his favorite thing: giving away prizes!