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Happy Birthday to Me (1981)

Horror | 110 minutes
2,95 84 votes

Genre: Horror / Mystery

Duration: 110 minuten

Alternative title: 'n Moord Verjaardag

Country: Canada

Directed by: J. Lee Thompson

Stars: Melissa Sue Anderson, Glenn Ford and Lawrence Dane

IMDb score: 6,0 (10.923)

Releasedate: 15 May 1981

Happy Birthday to Me plot

"It'll be a killer party!"

Virginia belongs to an elite group of friends from a college, until one day the friends are murdered one by one. Does Virginia have anything to do with this? She also struggles with blackouts from a car accident several years earlier.

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Full Cast & Crew

Actors and actresses

Virginia Wainwright

Dr. David Faraday

Hal Wainwright

Estelle Wainwright

Mrs. Patterson

Alfred Morris

Steve Maxwell

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avatar van wibro


  • 11590 messages
  • 4098 votes

Not bad. This film had quite a few scary moments, the killings were pretty good and the end - the birthday party I even thought was sublime. I immediately thought of that birthday party in the movie The Loved Ones (2009). Of course, the film also had the weak points such as the hazy story and how could it be otherwise the American prudishness. Bloody murders are possible, but a naked lady in the shower is of course never possible. Fie! The film also lasted a bit long; 90 minutes is actually long enough for such a movie.

Rating: 3.5* thanks to the strong ending.

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avatar van Noodless


  • 9077 messages
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A film with many different thoughts. The film has quite a few positive elements such as atmosphere, nice kills and a surprising ending that you don't see coming. But the plot also falls stitches despite the fact that the story captivated me. For example, the family bond is approached very vaguely and the twist at the end is far-fetched and unbelievable. Just that the voice and attitude would be the same. But oh well....it was surprising and the concept was presented nicely. 6/10

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avatar van Bobbejaantje


  • 1689 messages
  • 1748 votes

A slasher that goes loosely with a plot that combines trauma with a totally unexpected finale. The final twist was apparently written into the script during production and was not their first intention. The film lacks any credibility, but the seriousness with which it is presented makes up for that in a pleasant way. Also an added value is the presence of Hollywood legend Glenn Ford in the role of Dr. faraday. Just before he gets thumbed, he's in chiaroscuro lighting as in one of his old noir films.
In terms of suspense, there could have been a bit more, but I've seen worse.

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