91-minutes – Horror Canadian release date: February 13, 1981 U.S. release date: February 11, 1981 Canadian distributor: U.S. distributor: Paramount Pictures
Filmed in Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia, this horror film is about a murderous coal miner in the U.S. town of Valentine Bluff. Adding a level of gore to the basic horror concept, the miner sends candy boxes containing bloody human hearts to his next victim. The film’s more gory scenes were left on the cutting room floor to get an R rating for U.S. distribution. The film remains a favourite for fans of ‘slasher’ movies.
Jessie ‘T.J.’ Hanniger Sarah Axel Palmer Hollis Howard Landers Patty Sylvia John Mike Stavinski Harriet Dave Tommy Whitcomb Gretchen The Miner & Harry Warden Chief Jake Newby Mabel Osborne Mayor Hanniger Happy Young Axel Woman Mac Supervisor 1 Supervisor 2 Harvey Smight Mrs. Raleigh Ben Rescuer