Ten years ago, Harry Warden - the only survivor of an underground mining accident - awoke from a coma and murdered 22 people. In the present day, one of the survivors of that massacre returns to the town at the same time as gruesome killings begin again, and he becomes the chief suspect. But could it be the return of Harry Warden, despite having been shot by the deputy all those years ago?
This is a remake of the classic 1981 slasher My Bloody Valentine (previously reviewed here). This movie stays reasonably faithful to it's slasher roots - except with a bigger budget, better production values, and the use of modern technology. It has an interesting mix of elements taken directly from the original (like the tumble dryer incident, the pickaxe-to-the-chin, and the changing room with mining outfits suspended above), combined with more modern twists, to make it seem fresh (such as the new ending).
While it's perfectly enjoyable to watch in 2D, the 3D effects do add an extra layer of fun, and as a horror film it uses them very effectively. The gore is creative and impressively produced using mainly practical effects, with CGI to enhance, rather than having CGI centre stage. It also gets the tension and suspense right in many places, such as the supermarket stalking scene. The music enhances the action, and the sets are suitably creepy and nicely lit. Acting performances are generally pretty good, though I find it slightly distracting that Jensen Ackles always sounds like he's trying to speak an octave or two deeper than his natural voice.
Even without the 3D glasses and the sharp weapons poking out the screen at you, this is still an enjoyable ride. It has its daft moments, but it's not trying to win Oscars, it's trying to recreate the fun of a 1980s slasher movie. And as far as I'm concerned, it manages that pretty well. 4/5