We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…
Happy Birthday to Me
It'll be a killer party!
Virginia is proud that she belongs to a clique. The best students at a private school. But before her 18th birthday, a grueling set of murders take place and her friends are the ones who are falling prey. Could it be her? She suffers from blackouts due to a freak accident one year earlier. We soon learn the truth behind her accident and what is going on...
When revisiting Happy Birthday to Me yesterday, neither my husband or I had seen it in years. Somehow we both managed to remember different things but there was a lot of trying to recall twists&kills on both our parts. That's usually a pretty annoying disadvantage to re-watching a movie you've only seen once or twice, you spend more time trying to remember things instead of just watching what is going on and enjoying it.
The greatest slasher films came out around this time. From mid-to late 70s right up until the mid-1980s, slasher films were at their best. Mostly in thanks to having a budget (thanks to supply&demand from depraved gore-forefathers), decent scripts and professional actors. I can't help but…
It's my birthday today (yay), so this seemed like the obvious choice. It definitely has that lived in feel that I love, with the characters bantering constantly. I love when they're talking about High Noon and Zinneman. Or I love the kind of in-movie hamming that Rudy does in the church chapel, speaking in this Lugosi-like voice.
These early Canadian slashers also seem to show a bit more of their giallo heritage than their American siblings. There's a bit more emphasis on mystery. More a vaguely 'art house' feel at times. And of those I've watched for Hoop-Tober so far, I think they have all featured the classic black gloves. This one definitely falls on the…
I'm 26 years old today, happy birthday to me! What better time to watch Happy Birthday To Me? About halfway through it, I realized I'd seen it before. At least I think I've seen it before. I'm so confused. Anyway, now I've seen it for certain, and it's not a bad little slasher movie. Odd, but not bad.
After a horrible car and uhm..bridge accident, Virginia was seriously injured and her mother lost her life. The doctors performed experimental surgery on her, but she's lost her memory from the time of the accident. Now she's a popular high school girl, but when her friends begin to disappear, she can't be certain what is going on. Is she responsible for all…
Exciting, gory kill scenes with horrible filler. The plot was a complete clusterfuck and the ending was so obviously tacked together last second. Almost no discernible traits between the characters either, which just made it THAT much harder to follow. It was just a wholly uneven film that made for a hard film to care about when there wasn't blood all over the place. When there was blood though? Shit, it was pretty cool, and as completely ridiculous as the ending plot was it was pretty gnarly.
Well-crafted, with an almost 60s-ish approach to character and motive. The gruesome murders are very much in-line with 80s slashers, but the story itself could have been cut from the same cloth as William Castle's Homicidal or even a lesser Hitchcock. I'm not sure the 110-minute run-time is justified by the content, but it's too slick and deliberate to be accused of being boring. Definitely a movie that you will laugh "with" more than "at." It's all played extremely straight-faced, which is how gallows humor works best . Was not expecting a crazy car stunt in the first 10 minutes!
- This was a pleasant surprise given that I'm not generally a huge fan of the North American Slasher film. Other than Black Christmas, Halloween and The Burning, I can take 'em or leave 'em.
- But what I thought was going to be just another derivative occasion based Slasher turned out to be a surprisingly well crafted psycho-thriller that pretty much transcends the tired tropes I'd been expecting. Of course the stalk and slash sequences are all present and correct, but the fatalities in Happy Birthday to Me are imbued with a certain shocking gravity. A laughable Slasher to munch popcorn to this is not...
- Maybe I'm a little dense, but Happy Birthday to Me really did keep…
As a long time fan of the slasher sub-genre, it's surprising that it took me this long to watch this gem. I love it when slashers can break from the same boring old story that we've seen over and over again, and "Happy Birthday To Me" sure does deliver something special. It also gave me some great ideas for my next birthday party!
Para una película en la que matan a un wey con una brocheta de carne, esto está bastante bien.
John Saxton (guionista de "Curso 1984" e "Ilsa, la loba de las SS") coge la plantilla del slasher clásico, la que venía del giallo clásico y del whodunit, y la reproduce como un calco, pero regodeándose más de la cuenta en cada sospechoso, dando lugar a una serie de capítulos internos que parece que van a algún sitio, pero luego descubres que no. Creo que ése es el secreto de este producto típico de videoclub, que no destaca demasiado por el gore, a pesar de tener muertes bastante originales. J. Lee Thompson lo rueda todo con maestría e intensidad (la primera muerte es brutal), incluyendo grandes escenas de acción y coches más propias de otros subgéneros. Es cierto que el…
This has become an annual birthday tradition.
Re-Watched (1981) "Happy Birthday To Me". Virginia is going to a private school. Her friends are dying. And this movie is a mess.
Bought this BluRay last week(also contains "When A Stranger Calls"). My first watch of this one was a few years ago. I thought it was...ok. After a second watch, I think the same.
It's nearly 2 hours. It's way too long. The end is WTF. According to "Hysteria Continues" podcast, they shot a few different endings. This one is nuts. Zero nudity. The gore is not impressive. With all that against it,I still like it.
I think a very strong argument could be made that this is garbage. Perhaps it's the fact lead actress Melissa Sue Anderson…
Never been one of my favorite slasher flicks. It's got some good kills but overall, I think the movie is too serious.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Film #3 of my Hoop-cember make-up month marathon.
The Early 80's Slasher Film. I truly wish people would stop putting this damn thing on a pedestal. Why? Because its low-budget glories are actually not so glorious now that the Decade of Excess is long since over and the cold light of reality has shattered that particular Discoball of Blindness. (Apparently, disco wormed its way right into the 80's in Canada, under the American radar of scrutiny and not-so-secret yearning for even glammier, more androgynous new wave and Brit boy-band pop to take control of the charts.) Maniac itself was trying to tell the sub-genre that being post-Halloween wasn't an excuse to indulge in meaningless slaughter. That there was always meant…
A fairly predictable entry within the slasher sub genre. That being said, the kills were awesome, and the movie is a lot of fun. I love slasher flicks from the early 80s because, while some may not scare, they always entertain. Happy Birthday to Me is no exception. 6 out of 10!
Happy Birthday to Me is just an average slasher flick.
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