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Bloody Birthday (1981)

R | | Horror | 28 April 1981 (USA)
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Lacking consciences because they were born during a solar eclipse, a trio of 10-year-olds embark on an indiscriminate killing spree.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lori Lethin ...
Joyce Russel
Melinda Cordell ...
Mrs. Brody
Beverly Brody
Mr. Harding
Bert Kramer ...
Sherriff James Brody
K.C. Martel ...
Timmy Russel
Elizabeth Hoy ...
Debbie Brody
Curtis Taylor (as Billy Jacoby)
Andrew Freeman ...
Steven Seton (as Andy Freeman)
Miss Viola Davis
Ben Marley ...
Duke Benson
Erica Hope ...
Annie Smith
Daniel Currie


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. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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The astrology book Joyce consults is "Linda Goodman's Sun Signs." None of the material she supposedly reads out loud is from the book, however. See more »


When Curtis runs out of bullets of his gun, he reloads in the kitchen and Joyce and Timmy run upstairs. When he starts shooting at them through the walls upstairs, we hear at least 13 shots in quick succession, even though the gun can not hold that many bullets. See more »


Curtis Taylor: [about to spy on Beverly] But what if she catches us?
Debbie Brody: No way. All her brains are in her bra!
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Referenced in This Changed Earth (2011) See more »


Music and Lyrics by John Q. Jones (BMI)
Published by Wallaroo Music © 1978
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Kids do the darndest things!
21 October 2004 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

I can't believe I rarely ever see this title mentioned by all you eighties horror freaks and I definitely won't be joining all my fellow reviewers here in saying that 'Bloody Birthday' is awful viewing. On the contrary, I enjoyed it very much and I was pleasantly surprised by the ingeniousness and surprise twists it offers. Don't just refer to this film as being 'another 80's slasher' because the victims here are rather unlikely and so are the killers. We're introduced to three cherubic-looking youngsters who were all born during a solar eclipse. At the moment they were delivered, planet Saturn was blocked by both the sun and the moon and, due to this, the kids are emotionless and seemly without conscience. This really starts to show around their tenth birthday as they go on a merciless killing spree.

Granted, this stuff is incredibility far-fetched and even slightly offensive but, seriously, who cares? Unlike many other horror films from this period, it at least attempts to bring something original and imaginative. For once, the kids' acting is good and the entire film has a creepy atmosphere and grizzly music. The murders sequences are grim and tense, and it's always eerie to see them getting committed by angel-faced kids. I don't know who hired the 3 kids but they did a good job. Especially the girl and the kid with glasses are highly memorable. The bleak images of the heartless trio remind you of classic highlights, such as 'Village of the Damned', 'The Bad Seed' and 'Children of the Damned'. This film is nowhere near as memorable as these milestones but great fun and not one horror lover will regret watching this.

Bloody Birthday was written and directed by Ed Hunt. Not particularly the greatest genius in cinema, but a pleasantly deranged fella who also brought us immensely entertaining cheesefests like 'The Brain' and 'Starship Invasions'. If all this isn't enough to convince you yet, Bloody Birthday has a lot of nudity. And not just any nudity, but a topless dance-act by MTV-VJ Julie Brown. Oh, and keep your eyes open for a completely redundant cameo by Joe Penny, later the star of TV-series 'Jake and the Fatman'. Check it out!!

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