Happy Birthday to Me (1981)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  15 May 1981 (USA)
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At the snobby Crawford Academy, Virginia's group of friends start to go missing years after horrible events that happened to her as a child around her birthday.



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


Virginia Wainwright is a spirited young woman who has returned to a private school having survived a deadly accident and regenerative brain surgery. She is proud that she belongs to the Top Ten - the school's inner circle with the best students - and attempts to resume a normal life. But her friends are falling prey to a grueling series of murders, and soon there will be no one left to attend her 18th birthday party. Could it be her? Striving to rekindle the memory of her nightmarish accident, Virginia suffers from memory loss and traumatic blackouts. We soon learn the horrible truth behind her accident and what is going on before her birthday party... Written by Joseph Henson <gzr@cdc.net>

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Release Date:

15 May 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ab in die Ewigkeit  »

Box Office


CAD 3,500,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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This is the only slasher film that J. Lee Thompson directed though he did direct a number of 18+ certificate rated pictures. Thompson did direct two other films in the horror genre, they being Eye of the Devil (1966) and The Reincarnation of Peter Proud (1975). See more »


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 »


[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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Referenced in Video Violence 2 (1987) See more »


Happy Birthday to Me
Music by Lance Rubin
Lyrics by Molly-Ann Leikin
Performed by Syreeta
Courtesy of Motown Records
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Not that bad at all.
25 August 1999 | by (Burlington, Ont, Canada) – See all my reviews

Well first things first, It makes me wonder if the creators of scream and I know what you did last summer watched this movie to get ideas. This movie I think is BETTER then those movies, It has way more suprises in the ending thats for sure. And best of all its filmed in Canada! Good shocks, Good death scenes (the dumbell!), and a great plot make this a winner. Just when you think you know the killer it changes again and again Worth the price to rent (I just saw it on movie PIX for free uncut and commerical free) A solid 7/10 Check out my other horror movie reviews click on my name above!

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