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The Nightmare Begins With The Kids Next Door
In 1970, three children are born at the height of a total eclipse. Due to the sun and moon blocking Saturn, which controls emotions, they have become heartless killers ten years later, and are able to escape detection because of their youthful and innocent facades. A boy and his teenage sister become endangered when they stumble onto the bloody truth.
During most of my life, going to the video store was one of my favorite hobbies. Even without renting a movie, I would go to the nearest one to stare at the shelves and try to pick my next rent whenever I had the chance. Of course, as you can imagine, the horror section was my favorite one. My father rarely allowed me to rent horror movies though, not because he was concerned with the things I was watching, but because he had this rule that we shouldn't rent "old movies", which kinda explains why I have seen so few of them. One of the horror posters that intrigued me the most during my childhood, had a…
Huge props to Halloween and Friday the 13th, without the classics we would never get all of the copycats. This is one of the best copycats IMO. 3 little grade school sociopath killers. Damn the left and the right would have a field day with this if it was made today. They would forget all about twirking. Billy Jayne as Curtis was a scene stealing boss. You might remember him as the horn dog brother in Just One of the Guys. There is also some fantastic nudity, a very young American Ninja, and Jake minus the Fatman in a small role. The film works best when the 3 kids are doing their thing. The film loses some steam when Joyce and her kid brother try to figure out what is really going on, but it is still a lot of fun and a great watch.
All her brains are in her bra!
Maybe I've just watched Halloween too many times, but when I first started Bloody Birthday I thought I was watching a scene for scene ripoff of the John Carpenter classic. You're first introduced to a murder, then to the teenage good girl of the neighborhood along with her sexier best friend who's father happens to be the sheriff. There's even a scene where the sheriff pulls over to see what the girls are up to when they're walking down the street.
Thankfully it gets better after that, not better as compared to Halloween, but better then just a ripoff. It's a ridiculous film, don't get me wrong, but I surprisingly enjoyed…
I have a soft-spot for killer kid movies and it is almost baffling how I have waited until now to watch Bloody Birthday. Unfortunately, I had my expectations set too high because the movie just didn't do anything for me...well, besides wanting to punch that little girl square in her jaw.
The astrology explanation was sort of goofy as well but it is a product of its time, I would never fault a film for being dated because at one time or another it was significant. Dated films are like celluloid time capsules, and I love it.
I am actually sort of bummed out now, I was really hoping to like this movie.
This is so goofy but soooo charming, if you got a heightened suspension of disbelief you'll have a lot of fun with this original and wickedly humorous horror film.
Plus those kids are creepy as fuck.
"What are you, some kinda little ghoul?"
Yes, yes they are. Bloody Birthday follows three 9yr old ghouls who are on a killing spree. They kill cops, teachers, and teens who like to have sex in public. Obviously they are little devils so they don't hurt people with their fists, instead they use things like guns, baseball bats, and jump ropes. The kills aren't particularly brutal but seeing these evil looking kids pull them off is kinda fun.
Bloody Birthday's ghouls are actually well cast and you'll hate the little bastards too. Some of the stuff they do is kinda funny too, like when the little girl in the group runs a 25cent peep…
Man, what a turd. First, I wasn't aware this was a killer kid movie, and it's basically a ripoff of Village of the Damned (three kids born during a solar eclipse can't feel empathy because Saturn was blocked during the solar moon and that's the planet that allows people to feel emotion...I'm not making this up). It's not gory. The kids are obnoxious. It's REALLY dumb (like the characters, who can't figure out the kids are evil even though all signs point to them). Julie Brown is pretty good in it though, so there's that.
Reasonably diverting but forgettable overall.
While this movie could never be made today (killer kids movies are usually a hard sell), I have to say that I feel as if the movie pulls its punches with some of the kills and the climax, while cool, could've used a little more comeuppance for my taste (I wanted one of those kids to get it real good). It's still a sometimes effective/sometimes goofy little horror movie though, featuring "what are they doing in this?" appearances by Susan Strasberg and José Ferrer and an early (and often topless) role for Julie Brown (not the Downtown one).
In case you were wondering, yes, I DID watch this on my birthday..
Three seemingly angelic looking kids, all of whom were born on the same day during an eclipse, suddenly turn into remorseless killers around their 10th birthday and start picking off the neighbors. Sorta like "The Omen" times three, with a hint of "Halloween."
Enjoyable trashy nonsense with plenty of violence and a heaping helping of T&A.
Watch for '80s comedienne/singer Julie Brown ("Earth Girls are Easy," "The Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun") in an early role as the bimbo older sister of one of the evil kids.
I love the killer kid sub-genre. It's just so twisted, wrong and hilarious that even the crappier entries are enjoyable for their concept alone. Bloody Birthday is a pretty decent offering. It offers not one but three killer kids. They were all born on the same day during an eclipse, and, for astrological reasons, this, of course, has made them evil. Though it plays things a little too safe, it makes up for it with its super creepy trio of kids, who all give surprisingly good performances. Billy Jayne is particularly unnerving as the leader of the gang. A scene where he stalks the street at night armed with a gun and looking for people to shoot is insane with an unbelievably sleazy pay-off. It loses a bit of steam here and there and its ending is something of a let down, Bloody Birthday is definitely worth a watch.
This is awesome and insane but lacks a good ending. Three killer kids born under a bad sign start cutting, slashing, choking and shooting up the community. I waited the whole time to see these little shits punted like footballs and never got it. Damn, they got off easy and the girl has the dumbest mother on earth.
On the June 9, 1970 at Meadowvale General Hospital in Southern California doctors arrive at the same time take care of three women in labor. In a solar eclipse, two boys and a girl born during this time.
Ten years later, a young couple are fooling around in the cemetery were killed at night, by shovels and skipping. The next day, Joyce reach the local sheriff Thomas Jefferson Elementary School with Miss Dai Weisi Brody is "about the murder of the class. He showed the kids jump rope handles, and asked if anyone was in the cemetery last night Ann Duke murdered. No child what to say, he left, bid farewell to his daughter Debbie. After class, Debbie and her…
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What a pleasant surprise this turned out to be... Gory horror, murderous children, birthday parties, unclad dancing women, dark astrology... some of my very favorite things in cinema. Apparently, children born during a solar eclipse turn out to be soulless, and, thus, are prone to shooting, butchering, poisoning, and faking the death-instigating "accidents" of anyone who gets in their way... or, oftentimes, just for the hell of it. Susan Strasberg and José Ferrer feature in small roles, while Lori Lethin makes for a sensible, fresh-faced, endearing heroine (not as common as you'd think in these type of movies), albeit one with a hairdo and fashion sense that scream 1981. However, BLOODY BIRTHDAY really belongs to our young assassins, who smile…
Better than you'd expect for "The Bad Seed" (well, 3 seeds) redone as a low-budget 80s slasher. Little gore, but about the expected amount of gratuitous nudity.
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