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Happy Birthday (2016)

R | | Horror, Thriller | 2016 (USA)
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When two friends embark on a journey to Mexicali for a Birthday celebration, they soon realize their psychedelic shenanigans have taken a turn for the worse.


Casey Tebo


Casey Tebo





Credited cast:
Tristin Mays ... Janie
Vanessa Lengies ... Katie Elizondo
Erik Palladino ... Texican
Matthew Willig ... El Caballo
Steven Tyler ... Kasape Suka
Britne Oldford ... Lucia
Inanna Sarkis ... Kasape Suka's Girlfriend
Matt Bush ... Brady
Jeff Daniel Phillips ... Frank Zappa
Robert Miano ... El Gato Enfermo
Michael Anthony Perez ... Cock Fight Gambler
David A. Garcia ... Cock Fight Gambler
Riley Litman ... Tommy
Juan Jose Dubon ... Eldest brother
Rey Borge ... Fat Gang Leader


When two friends embark on a journey to Mexicali for a Birthday celebration, they soon realize their psychedelic shenanigans have taken a turn for the worse.

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Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language throughout, some nudity, drug use and violence

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Release Date:

2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aniversário Maldito See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Darko Entertainment See more »
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


After shooting an Aerosmith video with Alexa Vega, Tebo pitched her the story, and she immediately signed on. For a year, Vega was set to play Katie, even postponing the movie for 5 months so she could shoot "Tomorrow People" in Vancouver. Three weeks before production, Vega emailed Tebo saying she couldn't do the movie due to "religious reasons". She was replaced by Vanessa Lengies. See more »


References Rocky II (1979) See more »


Teach Me How to Shuffle
Written by August Wisbon (as August Wendell Wisbon)
Performed by DJ Roc
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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Fun little indie
19 September 2016 | by dhbeanerSee all my reviews

I read somewhere that the budget for this movie was $500,000. That's ridiculous. I applaud the cast and crew and filmmakers as that's not easy. My favorite part of the movie was the guy from ER playing the tour guide, hilarious. Steve Tyler was funny as well. There were a few twists and turns, and it reminded me of the Hangover meets a Robert Rodriguez movie. I do think it's misleading calling this horror, but still, I had a blast!

The two girls, one who I knew from Waiting with Ryan Reynolds, was great as the love interest, and the other tall black girl was super scary!!! She was great. The other kid I didn't know, but I recognize Matt Bush from Adventureland and a bunch of TV commercials.

My favorite part was the drug kingpin in the hotel room, it shows that the director can fare well with some more serious stuff, but - it was a fun watch. Definitely worth a rental in this day and age of remakes and comic book movies.

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