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Happy Birthday to Me (1981)

 -  Horror | Mystery | Thriller  -  15 May 1981 (USA)
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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 »

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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>

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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 »


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15 May 1981 (USA)  »

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Happy Birthday to Me  »

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CAD 3,500,000 (estimated)
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This film was the last movie that director J. Lee Thompson made before the start of his long association with Cannon Films and Golan-Globus Productions, starting with 1983's 10 to Midnight (1983), which would see out the remaining of his career, with only one other picture, 1984's The Evil That Men Do (1909), being made outside of this production house. See more »

Goofs

When the car with Anne and her Mother in falls off the bridge, they show the fall repeated from several angles, in all but the last part of the scene before the car sinks, it hits the water on its roof, but when they show the car fall for the last time, and show it sinking, it hits the water the right way up. See more »

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[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?
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Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to Me
Music by Lance Rubin
Lyrics by Molly-Ann Leikin
Performed by Syreeta
Courtesy of Motown Records
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Even with a big clue, I didn't see it coming.
4 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Bernadette (Lesleh Donaldson) is almost strangled and relieved to see someone she knows. But, it is a short relief as she is slashed with a razor. So opens a classic slasher film.

This is Little House on the Prairie's Melissa Sue Anderson's first starring role in a film, and, ignoring Skatetown U.S.A., her first film outside of TV.

Someone upsets Virginia (Anderson) and he is dispatched quickly. By whom? Is it the creepy guy Alfred (Jack Blum) that hangs around the Top Ten? Soon another gets a weight dropped on his balls with disastrous results.

Well, at least we know who the murderer is with a little pruning, a tasty shish kabob, and a quick dip, as we saw who did two of them - or did we? It is certainly a mystery why there are no bodies.

The shower scene was very unsatisfying.


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