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Bloody Birthday (1984)

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Sort of a triple-threat Bad Seed with a more overtly violent streak, this film tells the tale of trio of cherubic youngsters whose births all coincided with a solar eclipse, which somehow initiated a kind of time-release evil reaction that reaches its climax on the kids' tenth birthday, causing them to transform into miniature homicidal psychopaths. These darling little tykes then proceed to beat dad's brains out with a baseball bat, gun down their teacher, and otherwise beat, stab and strangle anyone who even looks cross-eyed at them. They also seem to be strangely fond of leering at naked teenage girls... or maybe that's just the director's favorite pastime. Produced in 1980, this proto-slasher opus was shelved for six years, then released to video to capitalize on the already-waning trend of Friday the 13th sequels and their hellish offspring.more
Rating: R (violence)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Directed By: ,
Written By: Ed Hunt, Barry Pearson, Edward Hunt
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On DVD: Jan 23, 2003
Runtime:
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Cast

Susan Strasberg
as Miss Viola Davis
Lori Lethin
as Joyce Russel
Melinda Cordell
as Mrs. Brody
Julie Brown
as Beverly Brody
Joe Penny
as Mr. Harding
Andy Freeman
as Steven Seaton
Elizabeth Hoy
as Debbie Brody
K.C. Martel
as Timmy Russel
Erica Hope
as Annie Smith
Sylvia Wright
as Girl in Van
John Avery
as Boy in Van
Norman Rice
as Mr. Seaton
Georgie Paul
as Miss Lawrence
Bill Boyett
as Mr. Russel
Ward Costello
as Curtis' Grandfather
Bert Kramer
as Sheriff James Brody
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Critic Reviews for Bloody Birthday

All Critics (4)

Doesn't concoct an elaborate back story or history of family dysfunction to justify or motivate the kiddie killing spree that is its reason for being. The three bad seeds here were simply born under a bad sign, as Albert King might have said.

Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

A time-waster tasteless horror flick, with no redeeming social values.

Full Review… | July 25, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

What the film lacks in story it makes up for with a high body count and plenty of gratuitous sex.

Full Review… | August 4, 2008
ESplatter

Dull and gore-free slasher-wannabe which could have been great but falls flat

Full Review… | April 6, 2005

Audience Reviews for Bloody Birthday

I have to be honest here. I barely got through this pile of junk and I was thrilled when it was over. I am by no means a fan of movies where children are the killer. There are probably exceptions to that rule, but for the most part, I just dislike them. Not because I think they're immoral or that it's a bad idea, but I just find child actors annoying, and they were never more annoying than they were in the atrocious 80's shocker Bloody Birthday. People like to label this as a slasher, and I have to disagree with that title. It's not a slasher. Hell, one of the kids runs around in the movie with a gun and shoots his victims with no sense of subterfuge at all, either by the character, the actor or the director. It's a mess, and the only redeeming quality about the movie is Julie Brown's breasts, which are one of the best pairs you're ever likely to see in one of these movies. That's about its only saving grace. Otherwise, it's a skippable exercise in movie futility.

FilmFanatik
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

½

Three 10 year-old kids all born on the same day during a solar eclipse go on a killing-spree around their neighbourhood. Dosen't quite live up to the title as the kills are pretty tame, though the fact they're being carried out by children adds a disturbing quality to them. And the actors playing the brattish murderous trio do a splendid job and you'll learn to loathe them before the end is out. It's a good fun slasher overall, nicely paced too and complete with a bunch of nudity and reasonably high body-count for a killer-kid movie.

WrenchLT
Lee ?

Super Reviewer

In the early 80's there was a plateau of endless slasher films. Some were forgotten such as this one. Bloody Birthday is an obscured title that every Slasher film fan should check out. Three kids born on the same night during a Lunar Eclipse have homicidal tendencies on their tenth birthday and start killing people. The film is one of those horror films that you are thankful that it's been unearth. Bloody Birthday doesn't do anything terrific, but it is definitely a thrilling gem. The film is of course famous for the fact that it's a "killer kids" movie and generated lots of controversy when it was released. Bloody Birthday has genuine tense moments, but at times the film suffers from being a bit corny. For what its worth, Bloody Birthday is a good Slasher film that if you're a fan of the genre, you should definitely check out. The story is interesting and the kids are evil. This is an imperfect Slasher film, but it manages at being an entertaining one despite the fact it doesn't do any new creative wise. For what it is, Bloody Birthday is a fun, disturbing Horror film that definitely will make anyone uneasy. The kills are creative, which makes up for the somewhat lacking storyline. But overall, Bloody Birthday is a well executed Horror film that will please almost every horror fan.

TheDudeLebowski65
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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