Happy Birthday to Me (1981)

Happy Birthday to Me


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Certainly the low point in Glenn Ford's acting career, this Canadian production is, nevertheless, one of the slickest-looking slasher films from that subgenre's early-'80s heyday. The plot (what one can make of it) involves an unseen killer stalking a group of college students at the prestigious Crawford Academy. The well-staged murders are mysteriously linked to the slightly off-kilter Virginia (Melissa Sue Anderson, formerly of Little House on the Prairie), whose disturbing past holds the key … More

Rating: R
Genre: Art House & International, Horror
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 26, 2004
Columbia Pictures


as Dr. Faraday

as Alfred

as Amelia

as Mrs. Patterson

as Estelle

as Bernadette

as Lt. Tracy

as Junior Surgeon

as Feinblum's Assistant

as Ann's Date

as Amelia's Date

as Conventioneer

as Miss Calhoun

as Prof. Heregard

as Bartender

as Gatekeeper

as Waitress
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Critic Reviews for Happy Birthday to Me

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | July 1, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

...one would be far better off watching a YouTube highlight reel rather than the movie itself.

Full Review… | May 14, 2015
Reel Film Reviews

A great deal more complex than it has any right or reason to be.

Full Review… | December 18, 2012
Antagony & Ecstasy

It's not particularly gory, scary or suspenseful, but it actually contains some good twists and a generally higher level of character and performance.

Full Review… | October 16, 2009
Combustible Celluloid

If horror fans are going to shell out their hard-earned money for a movie, there needs to be more than just a prettier picture on the DVD case.

Full Review… | October 7, 2009

Audience Reviews for Happy Birthday to Me

Happy Birthday to Me is a slow as molasses 80's teen slasher that's mediocre at best. It's dull, has a boring plot, takes itself far too seriously, and worst of all, is waaaaaay too long.

The kills are few, far between, and even off-camera (defeating the entire purpose of a freakin' slasher movie in the first place), there's no t&a and no humor. I would recommend it if you needed two hours of background noise or a sleep-aid, but the frequent screams and yells (often for completely no point) would quickly ruin either of those scenarios. The only vaguely entertaining part of the movie is the truly ludicrous ending, but that's not worth the nearly two hours of boredom that would be required to get to it. Worst birthday, ever.

Lewis C.

Super Reviewer


Good little 80s slasher with a decent array of inventive kills, quite violent too for its day. The ending is a memorable one which will catch you off guard with its twist. At the end of it all it's a good and entertaining viewing but not quite sleazy or brutal enough for my tastes.

Lee ?

Super Reviewer


A very good early 80's slasher film with some original kills, even by today's standards! It did feel a little bit long and slow at times but it has plenty of red herrings and quite a twist for a very early slasher film. The poster alone stuck in my head from an early age for quite a while. Not overly gory but still a very enjoyable film for slasher fans. Just seen the lead character was the blonde girl in little house on the prairie.

Dean King

Super Reviewer

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