My favorite slasher movie is My Bloody Valentine. I love the originality of the story, and enjoy both the original and the remake. When we learned at a horror convention that the mine used for filming the remake was open for tours, my husband and I didn’t hesitate to plan a road trip.
Tarentum, Pennsylvania is just outside Pittsburgh, making the drive six and a half hours along winding roads through mountains. When we reached our destination, we were asked to stay elsewhere, no explanation given. The front desk confirmed availability at another hotel, and off we drove to find it. The unexpected change in lodging worked to our advantage, as our new room included a Jacuzzi.
We dropped our bags, and headed to the Tour-Ed Mine and Museum. On the way, we crossed the Kittanning Citizens Bridge, which spans the Allegheny River. This bridge can be seen in The Mothman Prophecies, as well as the opening of the My Bloody Valentine remake.
After taking some photos, we arrived at the mine. I had misgivings about going in, but I had visited underground caverns before, so I knew what to expect. It would be dark, damp, and colder the further down you ventured. We rode in a small cart down into the mine, both nervousness and anticipation growing. I was spot on in my expectations. It was exhilarating to walk through the cold passages, knowing that my favorite slasher movie was made within these damp walls. The best part of the experience was coming face to face with the killer himself, clad in dark coveralls, wearing a gas mask, and wielding a pickaxe. It looked like a high school kid portrayed the infamous Harry Warden, but I didn’t care, I was thrilled.
The tour only took half an hour, so we were left with time to spare. We found a theater showing Zombieland. We enjoyed the movie, and it added to the spooky October atmosphere. (I should mention that we took this road trip in 2009).
The following day we visited Sprankle’s in Kittanning, known as Mercer’s in My Bloody Valentine. We wanted to visit the store where the miner chased Sarah and Megan. Not only did we take pictures, but we also purchased a few Halloween decorations that Sprankle’s had for sale.
The market tour concluded our trip. I watched the My Bloody Valentine remake on a portable DVD player on our long drive home, savoring the great memories of visiting filming locations. This was a fun road trip, and I recommend other horror fans check it out.