Happy Birthday to Me Reviews
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.
One of the best aspects of the film is the the on screen kills. They may be bizarre, but they're very well done and interesting. Another that Happy Birthday To Me has going for it, is that the film is actually suspenseful, and manages to be quite effective at building suspense and horror. Happy Birthday To Me is a solid slasher film and is very underrated. This is a prime example of a very well done slasher film, sure it may not be exactly Halloween or Friday The 13th, but the film still manages to be original enough to thrill you. After Carpenter's Halloween was released in 1978, every studio wanted to make a Halloween knock off. One of these is Happy Birthday To Me, a bizarre, and yet amusing horror film. The film is bizarre because of the techniques used by the killer to kill his victims. The film boasts a decent enough cast, which do a better than most slasher actors in previous films. I found them less one dimensional, and more realistic. Obviously in the group of kids there's the troubled one, but everything is not as it seems. The film is very enjoyable and it plays really well on a certain theme, this time being birthday party. I find that slasher films are more effective built around a certain idea because it adds a whole new creative element to the film. Like Halloween was centered around the holiday, and My Bloody Valentine was centered around Valentine's day. Centering a film around a specific holiday makes it more synonymous and unforgettable.
Not as bloody as its brethren of the era, this film is more psychological than gory horror as Virginia continues to crack up time and again. And guess who her doctor is? It's Glen Ford! What the hell is he doing in this garbage? Everyone needs a check. That's what this film is- garbage. A cheap exercise in cashing in on Halloween and Friday the 13th that fails to captivate like those movies did. This movie isn't even Prom Night. It's a little long for what it's worth and there is no real pay off throughout the film. Trans Am enthusiasts will be in awe over the 1976 T/A that says Turbo in the rear spoiler, yet has a standard shaker. Yeah, I know.
I wasn't expecting this one to suck. How disappointing.