MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,061 this week

Happy Birthday to Me (1981)

 -  Horror | Mystery | Thriller  -  15 May 1981 (USA)
6.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.0/10 from 4,338 users  
Reviews: 109 user | 98 critic

Virginia Wainwright is proud that she belongs to a clique with the best students at a private school. But before her 18th birthday, a grueling series of murders take place and her friends ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 3 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $9.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 29 titles
created 01 Apr 2011
 
a list of 34 titles
created 07 Jul 2011
 
a list of 38 titles
created 24 Oct 2012
 
a list of 42 titles
created 18 Jun 2013
 
list image
a list of 22 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Happy Birthday to Me (1981)

Happy Birthday to Me (1981) on IMDb 6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Happy Birthday to Me.
3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

After a seemingly innocent prank goes horribly wrong, a group of sorority sisters are stalked and murdered one by one in their sorority house while throwing a party to celebrate their graduation.

Director: Mark Rosman
Stars: Kate McNeil, Eileen Davidson, Janis Ward
Prom Night (1980)
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A masked killer stalks four teenagers, responsible for the accidental death of a little girl six years earlier, at their high school's senior prom.

Director: Paul Lynch
Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Casey Stevens
Comedy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A group of nine college students staying at a friend's remote island mansion begin to fall victim to an unseen murderer over the April Fool's day weekend.

Director: Fred Walton
Stars: Deborah Foreman, Griffin O'Neal, Clayton Rohner
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

After a young girl is brutally murdered during her first communion, her strange and withdrawn older sister becomes the main suspect.

Director: Alfred Sole
Stars: Linda Miller, Mildred Clinton, Paula E. Sheppard
The Prowler (1981)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A masked killer, wearing World War II U.S. Army fatigues, stalks a small New Jersey town bent on reliving a 35-year-old double murder by focusing on a group of college kids holding an annual Spring Dance.

Director: Joseph Zito
Stars: Vicky Dawson, Christopher Goutman, Lawrence Tierney
Terror Train (1980)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A masked killer targets six college kids responsible for a prank gone wrong three years earlier and who are currently throwing a large New Year's Eve costume party aboard a moving train.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Stars: Ben Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Hart Bochner
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A troupe of struggling stage actors is rehearsing for a small-town production of a play. Everything seems to be as it should until one of the cast members turns up dead. In a panic, the ... See full summary »

Director: Michele Soavi
Stars: David Brandon, Barbara Cupisti, Domenico Fiore
The Burning (1981)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A former summer camp caretaker, horribly burned from a prank gone wrong, lurks around an upstate New York summer camp bent on killing the teenagers responsible for his disfigurement.

Director: Tony Maylam
Stars: Brian Matthews, Leah Ayres, Brian Backer
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

After a high school track runner, named Laura, suddenly dies from a heart attack after finishing a 30-second 200-meter race, a killer wearing a sweat suit and a fencing mask begins killing ... See full summary »

Director: Herb Freed
Stars: Christopher George, Patch Mackenzie, E. Danny Murphy
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A decades old folk tale surrounding a deranged murderer killing those who celebrate Valentine's Day, turns out to be true to legend when a group defies the killer's order and people start turning up dead.

Director: George Mihalka
Stars: Paul Kelman, Lori Hallier, Neil Affleck
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

An eighteen-year-old high school girl is left at home by her parents and she decides to have a slumber party. There is friction between some of the invited guests and the new girl, who is ... See full summary »

Director: Amy Holden Jones
Stars: Michelle Michaels, Robin Stille, Michael Villella
Pieces (1982)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Young co-eds are being cut up by a chainsaw killer on a college campus. The killer is attempting to put together a human jigsaw puzzle made from body parts.

Director: Juan Piquer Simón
Stars: Christopher George, Lynda Day George, Frank Braña
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Sharon Acker ...
Frances Hyland ...
...
Ann Thomerson (as Tracy Bregman)
Jack Blum ...
...
...
David Eisner ...
...
Michel-René Labelle ...
Etienne Vercures (as Michel Rene Labelle)
Richard Rebiere ...
...
Earl Pennington ...
Edit

Storyline

Virginia Wainwright is proud that she belongs to a clique with the best students at a private school. But before her 18th birthday, a grueling series of murders take place and her friends are the ones who are falling prey. Could it be her? She survives a deadly accident one year earlier, but suffers from memory loss and traumatic blackouts. We soon learn the horrible truth behind her accident and what is going on... Written by Joseph Henson <gzr@cdc.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Someone's having a party for the top ten, the senior class snobs. Before they get to celebrate, six of them will die in the most bizarre ways you'll ever see. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 May 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ab in die Ewigkeit  »

Box Office

Budget:

CAD 3,500,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Reportedly, actor Glenn Ford was heavily drinking during the production of this picture. See more »

Goofs

When the investigator pulls up to the house to inform the Doc and Ginny about the discovery of Ann's empty car, a crew-members face is reflected in the small rear-view mirror as he gets out the car. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mrs. Patterson: [to her attacking dog] Winston! Winston! Winston, just stop it, bad boy. Sit down. Sit!
Bernadette O'Hara: Oh, Mrs. Patterson.
Mrs. Patterson: Bernadette O'Hara, do you have any idea what time it is? Where are you going?
Bernadette O'Hara: Well, I, I. was just going up to the village to meet some of the kids at the inn.
Mrs. Patterson: You mean the second home for the Crawford top 10, don't you?
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Pet Sematary II (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to Me
Music by Lance Rubin
Lyrics by Molly-Ann Leikin
Performed by Syreeta
Courtesy of Motown Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Good in parts but gets confusing
27 March 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Happy Birthday To Me started off looking promising, with a girl getting her throat slit, and the pace moving along nicely. But then things started to get confusing, as the girl has flashbacks, and you're left trying to figure out how this fits into the storyline. At the end of the film it starts making a little more sense, but then suddenly things take an unexpected twist (a twist too far if you ask me) and the film gets too far fetched, resulting in a spoilt film. If they had of left the twist as it was rather than adding the ridiculous second twist, it would have been a much better film. However, there are many good scenes which get points from me such as the flashback of the car falling off the bridge - it's very well done and we get to see the car falling in at different angles. The acting from Virginia's mother is also superb for her brief appearance. There are some unusual death scenes too although I must have seen the cut version because I didn't get to see much of them.

Overall, this film could have been a lot better without the elements that make it confusing, but it's still worth seeking out and is better than a lot of slashers out there.


11 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Question about the twist ending... emiller89
Scooby Doo-style ending jeffeastwood2000
AnchorBay release of Happy Birthday To Me briangray30
Huge Happy Birthday to Me retrospective justin_kerswell
anybody else mad..... moviefan72000
SIMILAR 80'S HORROR MOVIES AS THIS? nutopian-1
Discuss Happy Birthday to Me (1981) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page