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'My Bloody Valentine 3D'

' My Bloody Valentine 3D" returns to those entertainingly scary days of the late 1970s and early 1980s, the golden age for modern horror films. There's no way to watch this nonstop string of brutal attacks without seeing the absurdity in the whole thing. Toss in first-rate 3-D and the movie not only pays a proper homage to the 1981 original but kicks it up about 1,000 notches.

Fans of '70s and '80s horror films will recognize the familiar plot. An isolated community becomes the target of a killer, The Miner - a pick-swinging maniac made crazy after being the only survivor of a mining accident. He chops his way through young and old while law enforcement shows up just in time to crack bad jokes about the victims.

Director Patrick Lurrier worked as an editor on all three "Scream" offerings. The knowledge he gained from those movies comes through as he skillfully blends acts of violence with graveyard humor.

The actors are really little more than props to get from one killing to the next. But this kind of horror flick has never been about great acting, serious storytelling or even a plot. Such movies work if the violence makes you scream and laugh at the same time.

"My Bloody Valentine 3D" does that in spades. Actually, it does it with a pickax.

Rated R

PLOT A pickax-swinging maniac is on the loose.

CAST Kerr Smith, Jensen Ackles, Jaime King, Edi Gathegi

LENGTH 1:40

PLAYING AT Area theaters. Buy tickets

BOTTOM LINE With its first-rate 3-D effects, this movie not only pays a proper homage to the 1981 original but kicks it up about 1,000 notches.

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