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Alison's Birthday (1981)

A young girl is subjected to a reign of terror so that her soul can be transferred to the body of an old crone.


Ian Coughlan


Ian Coughlan


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joanne Samuel ... Alison Findlay
Lou Brown Lou Brown ... Peter Healey
Bunney Brooke Bunney Brooke ... Aunt Jennifer Findlay
John Bluthal ... Uncle Dean Findlay
Vincent Ball Vincent Ball ... Dr. Jeremy Lyall
Margie McCrae Margie McCrae ... Chrissie Willis
Julie Wilson ... Maureen Tate
Martin Vaughan ... Mr. Martin
Rosalind Speirs Rosalind Speirs ... Maggie Carlyle
Robyn Gibbes Robyn Gibbes ... Helen McGill
Ian Coughlan Ian Coughlan ... Dave Ducker
Ralph Cotterill Ralph Cotterill ... Brian Healey
Marion Johns Marion Johns ... Granny Thorne
George Carden George Carden ... Druid Leader
Belinda Giblin Belinda Giblin ... Isobel Thorne


A Young girl is puzzled by a sequence of strange events which occur during the days leading up to her 19th birthday. Slowly, and with growing horror, she becomes aware of the celebrations which her "relatives" have planned for her. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

1 May 1981 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

L'occhio della spirale See more »

Filming Locations:

New South Wales, Australia See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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This film is considered an "Ozploitation" (Australian exploitation) picture. See more »


Spoofs Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »

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ouija, possession, hypnosis, stonehenge, a Celtic goddess, and yet boring!
31 August 2005 | by FieCrierSee all my reviews

A sixteen-year-old named Alison and two friends play "ask the glass," a variation on Ouija, played here on a glass table, using square tiles featuring numbers and the alphabet arranged in a circle, and two titles for yes and no in the middle, and an upturned glass as a planchette. A warning is spelled out for Alison from her deceased father, who is then pushed out by some other power. The girl he briefly possessed snatches a circular amulet from Alison's neck, then is crushed by a bookcase.

Close to Alison's nineteenth birthday, she goes to visit her aunt and uncle. Her boyfriend tries to continue visiting her, but the family tries to keep him away. Alison discovers a miniature (though still large) stonehenge in a secret garden, has nightmares, and gets hypnotized. The boyfriend tries to do some research about the name Mirne, which the warning mentioned, and also Alison's real family.

The stonehenge is neat, and I liked that a character takes the time to do research. However, the movie on the whole is on the boring side. The picture quality on the video is not terribly good either. The VidAmerica videobox is sort of a warning: the cover features a drawing, and the back has no pictures from the movie.

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