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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 nor 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…
In my review for Bloody Birthday I wrote a little bit about my history with Happy Birthday to Me, a movie I have been curious about for my whole life. The poster with the barbecue stick have been lingering in my mind since I was a little boy. Now that I have finally seen it, I feel happy and sad at the same time. I am satisfied because I loved almost the whole movie. The death scenes are great, it doesn't look dated as I expected, the killer is awesome* and Melissa Sue Anderson is absolutely PERFECT!
Unfortunately, I hated the ending! I was having a blast watching Happy Birthday to Me, even considering it to figure among my top 5 slasher movies, but the twist at the end, which I won't spoil, was a HUGE let down. In fact, it was one of the most negatively impactating ends I can remember seeing.
this film really goes off the deep end at the finish but you can't deny its original, i hate HATE it when people are like "wow thats unbelievable" like you're not watching a fictional made up story anyway but this really goes nuts but that's what elevated it for me i guess, because its memorable.
too long for my tastes but its definitely got an atmosphere to keep you watching.
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…
Viewed on Blu-ray
Wow..that was a surprising film.
I did not expect Happy Birthday To Me, this little Canadian film from 1981 to be that good.
I remember seeing a VHS copy kicking around my local video store in the early 80's. I'm surprised my older brother never rented it back then, to scare his little brother. If he had, I believe it would have been a favourite of mine to this day.
Nice creepy little tune during the end credits, too.
This one has become something of a semi-annual birthday viewing for me. It's an early 80's slasher so you know it's got some problems but I honestly think there's more strength here than weakness. The story is actually clever and very well layered, giving the viewer more and more info as needed. The kills are nice. And there is a hell of a twist. It's handled in an almost ludicrous fashion but it's a lot of fun and plays well into all the info you've already received. I saw this tonight with a few people who had never seen it and hearing their reaction to the big reveal was wonderful.
Slasher anomaly that has too much money behind it and is too goddamn long, but is still pretty interesting due to the fact that J. Lee Thompson can't stop inserting car stunts and weird, languid teen sleaze bits for no real reason other than he could. Belongs to the slasher subgenre of "Canada looks cold as shit".
It may seem a bit wrong to claim "Happy Birthday to Me" as J. Lee Thompson’s peak work (even with a film like 1962's "Cape Fear" under his belt), but to me it dearly is. Here’s one of those 80s slasher films with outrageous murder sequences that also happens to twist the brain and actually gain a bit of substance. Not that there is claim for this being some deep work of drama - but the way Thompson builds up his undeniable suspense (check out the scene where the killer lurks in a character’s closet) and then turns around at the film’s final reveal to slash his own audience (wait, so that’s what that scene of suspense was about?!) - it’s hard not to get caught up Thompson’s warped take on the conventions set up post-"Friday the 13th".
The slasher class of '81 continues to reign supreme.
This is really good. Not just for a slasher but also for mystery film. It's Agatha Christie all over the place and has more in common with Italian fare like Bay of Blood than it does Halloween or Friday the 13th. I really liked it on my first viewing and I can see that special quality within the film that will only increase my opinion on future viewings.
It's the week before Virginia's 18th birthday and her friends, the illustrious Top 10 of Crawford Academy, are disappearing one by one. Everyone is a red herring and yet no one is a red herring. The film loves playing up every suspenseful scene…
I'm sure at some point I saw this video sitting in the video store and I just passed it over with it's silly title and the cover art being kind of bad. Then Smarmyjerkface on Twitter gave it high praises in his yearly contest so I decided to hunt down a copy wwhich was easy since the Bluay can be found for under $5 and comes with another film, it felt like a no brainer.
I actually felt like I had no brain by the time the film was done running it's course. It's just plain batshit crazy and each time I was like AHA and then quickly my hopes and dreams were dashed then I was all OH THATS…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
1981 is my favorite year for horror cinema! We had werewolves, demented carnies, ghosts, possessions, demons, treerape, zombies and most importantly SLASHERS. Columbia Pictures decided that they wanted some of that slasher flick dough, only upped the ante wit a bigger budget and getting a top shelf director and star (J. Lee Thompson & Glenn Ford) Producers John Dunning and André Link had produced some David Cronenberg classics and just 3 months earlier to HBTM the two produced another seminal slasher flick My Bloody Valentine.While Valentine is a little better Birthday is still a fun slasher. While the earlier is more mean spirited and up front in it's scare tactics and this one has a ton of fake out scares but…
I'll be honest here: I already knew the ending before I saw the movie. This is because it is one of the most infamous endings to a horror movie NOT named Sleepaway Camp. Infamous by how far-fetched it is. I went in knowing full well that events in the movie would lead to this.
And I still loved it. Happy Birthday To Me is strange, in that it parodies so many elements of slasher movies that would become clichés a couple years later, and tropes today. It's strange in that it's a 1981 movie. It was made AS slasher movies were getting popular. It's as if someone went back in time and made a playful slasher movie poking fun of…
Most slashers are colored blood red, but you might say that J. Lee Thompson’s 1981 Happy Birthday to Me is tinted Italian yellow (Giallo, if you will). I’m far from the first person to note its character as being more shrouded in mystery, narrative twists, and featuring a black-leather gloved murderer.
The film stars television’s Little House on the Prairie actress Melissa Sue Anderson and a late career Glenn Ford. Anderson’s character Ginny is recovering from some trauma that unfolds in deeper flashbacks and realizations as the body count rises. Ford plays her kind and committed psychiatrist.
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Excellent effects and ending, pretty simple
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