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VALENTINE

About The Production

Though producer Dylan Sellers was intrigued by the juxtaposition of love and murder in the tale, he was most drawn to the characters in the film. "I am not interested in a cast of teens whose only focus is on what is happening on the screen and on who might die next," he says. "I wanted to have a story about real characters with real lives."

Director Jamie Blanks, who leapt onto the horror scene with the hit "Urban Legend," agrees. "Each of these young women is a distinct, interesting character," says Blanks.

For David Boreanaz, the opportunity to bring more humor into a character was a challenge the actor relished. "One of the most appealing aspects of the role for me was being able to sit down with Jamie and share my' thoughts and opinions on the story," says Boreanaz. "That allowed me to feel free with the character I wanted to create with Adam. He's a very charming person and there are a lot of comedic elements to his character. There was also a lot of humor that was really fun to do."

"Since some of these people are going to die, we hope the audience will actually care about them," says Denise Richards.

Though "Valentine" is based on the best selling novel Valentine by Tom Savage, the filmmakers were committed to telling a unique story for the screen. The filmmakers even explored the idea of putting different characters being behind the Cherub's mask.

When director Jamie Blanks joined the production, his passion for the horror/thriller genre became a valuable asset. "This is what I love and as long as there is an audience for these movies, I want to make them," says Blanks. "Fans of the genre should know this film is being made by one of their own."

After viewing John Carpenter's chiller "The Fog" at the tender age of 11, Blanks knew he wanted to make horror films. By the time he started his professional career, he had seen hundreds of death scenes, but with "Valentine," the director notes, "I think we've come up with a few really, really interesting ones. The stuff you don't show is always more terrifying. You've got to give the audience just enough information so that they can put it together for themselves. I think if you suggest it effectively, it's far more grisly than anything a special effects guy can show you.

Blanks feels no compunction about staging nasty deaths for the film's host of beautiful leads. "It just goes with the territory," he notes with a wry smile. "In real life, I'm opposed to violence but this is a movie — a very scary movie."

On set, many conversations ended with the words, "Excuse me, I have to go and die now."

"The way Jamie shoots and tells the story, you'll either get it or you won't, and you think you have it, but at the end this film is going to surprise a lot of people," says Boreanaz

The filmmakers took care in drawing their female characters. Kate's decency, Lily's free spirit, Paige's daring and Dorothy's insecurity are reflected in their apartments, their jobs and their clothing. Each is a true individual, although all are linked by their shared experiences in childhood, by continued concern for each other and — eventually — by the threat they all face.

"We have been very lucky in pulling together a cast that really works for this project and with one another," says executive producer Grant Rosenberg. "Marley Shelton is just wonderful as Kate. She really has an ability to deal with both the humor of the situation, when called for, the sheer terror of the situation. Denise Richards as Paige brings to it not only her sense of humor but also an incredible screen presence and sexiness which is a dream come true for the Page character. And Jessica Capshaw as Dorothy brings a real maturity and intelligence to the role. Jessica Cau

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