Happy Birthday to Me

1981

Horror / Mystery / Thriller

62
IMDb Rating 6.1 10 8,207

Synopsis


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Cast

Glenn Ford as Dr. David Faraday
Lisa Langlois as Amelia
Matt Craven as Steve Maxwell
Melissa Sue Anderson as Virginia Wainwright
720p.BLU
1017.55 MB
1280*720
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
110 min
P/S N/A / N/A

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Boggman 7 / 10 / 10

R.S.V.P or die!

Poor Ginny. All she has ever wanted was to be popular. She tried to have a party once, but that didn't turn out so well. She invited the "Top 10", her academies richest and most sought after click to her party, only to be sorely denied. Ya see... one of the other "Top 10" girls was also having a party, so the rest just naturally followed. Ginny's hard boozing Momma didn't like that too much. Not only did she storm over to the girls house with daughter in tow, but she managed to get them both into a nasty little car accident that not only ended her life, but severely messed up her daughters life as well. Never fear! After some experimental brain surgeries and a few repressed memories, Ginny has emerged years later as a beautiful young woman who managed to get into the "Top 10" after all!!! Hooray! There's just one little catch. Ginny's B-day is coming up again, but her fellow "Top 10" are disappearing one by one. Of course, as the viewer, we realize right away that they are each getting hacked to bits....but who's killing them all?? Could it be that whacko Rudi? Or how about that creepy Alfred? Or is it Ginny herself? "Happy Birthday to Me" emerges from the early 80's genre of horror films as one of the better movies out there. It may not be as gory as some of the others, but it does at least have some character development and some pretty creative death scenes going for it! And that Melissa Sue Anderson...what a looker!! For the DVD release, their has been some drastic change to the original soundtrack. Due to copyright issues, some funky disco music has been added (mostly in the beginning) where there was once only scary music. While many have ranted on and on in previous reviews about how deplorable this is.... for this reviewer it wasn't all that bad. Plus, it's really only in the beginning, which makes it bearable. In addition, others claim how lame the ending of this movie is. While the ending is "unbelieveable" to say the least- when you have your Jasons, Michael Myers, and Freddy's running around without ever being able to stay put- who can really fault this little gem from its ironic twist of an ending. Sure it's phony, but it's also fun. And most of you will never see it coming. For fans of early 80's style horror, this really is a must see. If an invitation should happen to present itself, this reviewer would recommend checking this party out!

Reviewed by claudio_carvalho 10 / 10 / 10

The Birthday Party

The teenager Virginia Wainwright (Melissa Sue Anderson) studies in the traditional Crawford Academy and belongs to a group of wealthy friends named The Top Ten. Virginia had a serious car accident a couple of years ago where her mother died. Now she lives with her father and is psychologically treated by the prominent Dr. David Faraday (Glenn Ford). She has also frequent blackouts but she is slowly recovering her memory. When one by one of her friends are murdered and disappears, Virginia starts to believe that she is the killer, but Dr. Faraday does not think so. Who might be the serial-killer? "Happy Birthday to Me" is a creepy slasher with a good story with many twists. When it seems to have disclosed the killer and the motive, there is one last unexpected twist that surprises the viewer. The conclusion is extremely dark and makes this movie one of the best in the genre. My vote is seven. Title (Brazil): "Feliz Aniversário para Mim" ("Happy Birthday to Me") Note: On 30 Jun 2020, I saw this film again.

Reviewed by CinemaAmoreStar 10 / 10 / 10

The best horror-mystery to ever feature a Shish Kebab!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy Birthday to Me is an often neglected and seldom viewed 80's cinema gem. It is a damn shame that it has not received the cult status it so solidly deserves. The plot involves cliques, prep schools, and a very weird birthday party, but that is not what is important here. What matters is all the stops director J. Lee Thompson pulled out to make this into a near masterpiece of the slasher genre. Let's begin with the topnotch cast. Melissa Sue Anderson (of Little House on the Prairie) bravely fills a leading role that is decidedly unclear about whether it is that of a protagonist or antagonist. Whichever way you look at it, Anderson acts with aplomb! Secondly, there is veteran thespian Glenn Ford who, despite what some overzealous critics said, gives a fine performance as the doctor in addition to adding a sense of dignity to the proceedings. Also of note is the luminary Lenore Zann (a multi talented wonder who has sadly never enjoyed the success she deserves). Her enlightened performance is both savvy and sensible and she brings a sense of validity to a character that other actress would have simply let fade away into the background as it seems the misguided script intended. Another unforgettable personality is Sharon Acker. Seen only in flashbacks, she takes the role of the overbearing mother to new heights: a sheer classic in overacting! For those familiar with Sleepaway Camp (another piece of great 80's horror) Acker's whacked out mother just might rival Desiree Gould's Aunt Martha. While these are the players who really stand out, also of note are Lawrence Dane (as the enigmatic father), Frances Hyland (the headmistress), and Lesleh Donaldson (who makes the most out of her '1st victim' cameo). But enough about acting, on to the gore! And oh, what a gory movie Happy Birthday to Me is. The film skillfully manages to be bloody and raw, without becoming revolting. In fact, the grisliest scene is not a murder at all, but rather a realistic medical procedure! That's not to say there are no shocking murders, however. There are 6 bizarre murders as the poster promises, with the notorious shish kabob scene remaining one that will always live in infamy. The only thing more delightful than these sadistic killings is, of course, the twist ending! A real twist ending! What a twist! The twist is virtually unpredictable as it comes almost entirely out of left field and scarcely even makes sense! Oh, but it's just terrific! And let's not forget about the theme song that one hears shortly after. As an audience member, one barely has time to compose themselves after the twist when they're treated to one of the eeriest songs ever composed during the end credits. In short, Happy Birthday to Me delivers on all levels and now that it is easily accessible on DVD, you'd have to be a fool to let this unparalleled work remain unwatched.

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