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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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Six of the most bizarre murders you will ever see. See more »


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Ab in die Ewigkeit  »

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This was the second picture in recent years distributed by the Columbia Pictures studio to show brain surgery as Paul Verhoeven's Turkish Delight (1973) had done this eight years earlier in 1973. See more »

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During the surgery flashback, Ginny moans while under anesthesia. With an endotracheal tube, as was seen in Ginny's mouth, the patient's breath bypasses the vocal cords completely, so the patient effectively has no voice. See more »

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Mrs. Patterson: [to her attacking dog] Winston! Winston! Winston, just stop it, bad boy. Sit down. Sit!
Bernadette O'Hara: Oh, Mrs. Patterson.
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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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Happy Birthday to Me
Music by Lance Rubin
Lyrics by Molly-Ann Leikin
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Nicely done
23 July 2004 | by (Lisbon, Portugal) – See all my reviews

This is the story of Ginny, the aftermath of a car accident she was involved in and that cause her mother's death. It all started going bad before that, divorced parents, living with an abusive mother, Ginny wasn't popular, didn't have any friends, all in all a childhood to forget. Due to the car accident, she undergone extensive brain surgery, the consequence was frequent blackouts. Once at the Crawford Academy, she finally started getting along with the popular kids but not for long because they all started to mysteriously disappear. Who's to blame, are Ginny's blackouts related to this events??

I consider this to be a very good slasher movie. The cast is as good as it gets in this genre. The killings are original and imaginative. The death of Dr. David Faraday (Glenn Ford) is particularly bloody and Ginny's brain surgery is also pretty graphic and worth watching. The only negative aspect is the exaggerated amount of "twists", it is a good plot but taken a little to far in my opinion. Still a must watch slasher.


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