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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.
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 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.
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.
The bridge between Devil Times Five and Children of the Corn.
Evil kids + dumb adults = a lot of unsolved deaths.
Most horror movies from this era, like Halloween and Friday the 13th, compresses their mayhem within a short period of time (24-36 hrs), keeping a pretty tight pace. Bloody Birthday stretches it over a far longer period of time, deflating any potential tension; and little is actually done on their birthday(s).
This film is pretty disturbing in that it has little kids killing adults but it is oddly entertaining even though it is a bad film. The ending of it is so silly and left it open to another film.
Some kids can be so mean.
#Filmreview Bloody Birthday ★★★★ 1981 Has more boobs than blood. But 3 evil 10 yr olds on killing spree is kinda fun. #Quaint #dated #Horror
And the full glory of Bloody Birthday can be seen on youtube.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOxYRDlmlRA … Okay I know it isn't 4★ but for the genre/era it is.
So much timeout owed.
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