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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.
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.
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…
Silly slasher with three kids doing the slashing cos they were born during an eclipse or something.
The kids aren't completly nuts as the little girl lets her pals pay to watch her older sister undress, which she does while dancing sexily to cool music.
Also features a hilarious scene of a girl running for her life from un unmanned car in a junkyard.
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.
I went into this assuming I was gonna get a fun, mindless slasher flick.
What I got was one of the creepiest and most unnerving movies I've seen in a long while. Fantastic acting, legitimate scares and a dark nihilism throughout that leaves you truly disturbed. A forgotten masterpiece.
There is something delightfully deranged about "Bloody Birthday." The film is nothing more than a token, slasher-style horror film, but it is elevated by its antagonists: middle-class children. Their murderous rampage, brought on by an eclipse, is so wickedly entertaning that "Bloody Birthday" stands out from its cookie-cutter ilk. The film is neither exceptionally gory nor frightening, but it works well enough to be passable and darkly fun.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Three kids celebrate their 10th birthday by turning homicidal. These kids are mugging for the camera way too much, but subtlety isn't for this film.
Copy and paste slasher.
The eclipse stuff explaining the homicidal tendencies of the children is just silly (as is the astrology plot line; they both go nowhere), and is there even a point to having the third kid there? That kid with the glasses, though... screw that guy and his evil smirks.
Not bad, had everything you'd expect from a early 80's horror.
Underrated little horror gem from 1980.
Bloody Boring Birthday.
I'm honestly shocked that I'm rating Bloodless Birthday this low, but I actually hated it and found it to be the most dull 80s slasher I've seen. Every nice twist in mythology, however ridiculous, is quickly undone by dragging sections of flat, tedious horror. There is no tension, no thrills, no blood, and features a horribly annoying cast of children.
Buen slasher ochentero resultante de coger "La Mala Semilla" y elevarla al cubo. Tres hijosdeputa de 10 años haciendo el mal sin razón ni motivación aparente, aparte de haber nacido durante un eclipse... ah! y unas cuantas raciones de tetas, que eso nunca está de más.
- Whistle and I'll Come to You
- The Woman in Black
- The House of the Laughing Windows
- Who Can Kill a Child?
- Black Christmas
- The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
- The Burning
It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of slasher films, and here I've tried to compile a list of…
- Cannibal Holocaust
- The Fog
- Humanoids from the Deep
- Friday the 13th
More than 1100 movies of pure 80's horror.