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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.
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.
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…
Very impressive and unique entry to the slasher sub-genre. There is a level of care and craftsmanship present here that is absent from many of the film's contemporaries. So many plot twists and red herrings will keep you guessing about the truth of the matter all the way up to the ending. Four hobby taxidermists out of five.
Was gonna write this movie off entirely, but the last 20 minutes are macabre as FUCK.
A fairly decent slasher from a fairly decent director that squeezes in just before the 80's saturation of slashers started to take full swing.
Probably one birthday party you might want to take a pass on. Good movie, though.
It's kind of difficult to review with revealing any spoilers so in general I can just say this has a deliciously trashy twist. If Lifetime produced movies in the early 80's this would be one of them. Also, the mother's over the top acting is everything, i fell in love with her.
I saw this once a long time ago, could barely remember it. Was a surprise to find it had a release on bluray, which prompted this rewatching. Well the majority of it is not that memorable to be honest but it's got a pretty fun ending that I thought I remembered but managed to surprise me. It's actually really well put together, especially the kills. But it really drags. Still some fun to be had.
This is actually quite a fun film, and the ridiculous ending only makes me love it more.
Though overtly and unjustifiably long, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME provides some wonderfully entertaining death scenes and solid performances -- especially by '80s slasher standards.
Happy Birthday to Me is simply one of the best "body count" movies to pop up after the massive success of Halloween.
Happy Birthday to Me stands head and shoulders above the average slasher film on a number of levels. What starts out as the standard slasher fare builds into to a surprisingly twisted thriller with strong tension! The conclusion of the film may just be one of the most "off-the-wall" endings in horror history! It's an effectively mind-blowing ending to one warped murder mystery. Also worth mentioning are the truly inventive murders in this movie. The gory killings are oddly clever, even to the point of being darkly humorous, yet really shocking. The cast is pretty solid. Beautiful Melissa…
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