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 ... See full summary »
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 »
A single mother gives her son a beloved doll for his birthday, later they find out that the doll is possessed with the soul of a serial killer, who try to put his soul into the boy's body in order to become human.
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... Written by
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When certain cast members were stuck in their gore make-up for numerous hours, they decided to walk around the neighborhood scaring the wits out of people. See more »
Virginia remembers a car hitting the water upside down. We are shown this memory several times in quick succession, but in the final shot of that succession, the car is right side up. See more »
[to her attacking dog]
Winston! Winston! Winston, just stop it, bad boy. Sit down. Sit!
Oh, Mrs. Patterson.
Bernadette O'Hara, do you have any idea what time it is? Where are you going?
Well, I, I. was just going up to the village to meet some of the kids at the inn.
You mean the second home for the Crawford top 10, don't you?
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Happy Birthday to Me is simply one of the best "body count" movies to pop up after the massive success of Halloween (1978).
Is lovely young Virginia Wainwright the shadowy murderer who is "offing" her elite group of college friends?
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 Sue Anderson makes for a fetching and sympathetic lead. Her co-stars deliver some believable performances. Director Thompson gives this film a wonderfully dark and atmospheric feel. Kudos also go to the composer for a splendidly moody music score (it's a shame the score is completely replaced on the Columbia DVD!!!).
No matter what some critics have said about this film, see it for yourself. Not many slasher films live up to this amusing and off-beat bloody entry.
*** out of ****
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