Happy Birthday to Me (1981)

Happy Birthday to Me (1981)

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Movie Info

Melissa Sue Anderson stars as Virginia, a co-ed haunted by suspicions that she may be the psycho who is killing off her fellow students.
Rating:
R
Genre:
Art House & International , Horror
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
 wide
On DVD:
Runtime:
Studio:
Columbia Pictures

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Cast

Glenn Ford
as Dr. Faraday
Jack Blum
as Alfred
Matt Craven
as Steve
Lenore Zann
as Maggie
Lisa Langlois
as Amelia
Frances Hyland
as Mrs. Patterson
Sharon Acker
as Estelle
Lesleh Donaldson
as Bernadette
Earl Pennington
as Lt. Tracy
Murray Westgate
as Gatekeeper
Jerome Tiberghien
as Prof. Heregard
Maurice Pedbrey
as Dr. Feinblum
Vlasta Vrana
as Bartender
Alan Katz
as Ann's Date
Ron Lea
as Amelia's Date
Terry Haig
as Feinblum's Assistant
Karen Stephen
as Miss Calhoun
Nick Kilvertus
as Anesthetist
Damir Andrei
as Junior Surgeon
Gina Dick
as Waitress
Steven Mayoff
as Police
Aram Barkev
as Conventioneer
Alan Barnett
as Conventioneer
Paul Board
as Conventioneer
Marc Degagne
as Conventioneer
Bruce Gooding
as Conventioneer
Victor Knight
as Conventioneer
Rollie Nicheri
as Conventioneer
Keith Sutherland
as Conventioneer
Herbert Vool
as Conventioneer
Len Watt
as Conventioneer
Joe Wertheimer
as Conventioneer
Walter Massey
as Conventioneer
Karen Hynes
as Cheerleader
Tracy Marie Langdon
as Cheerleader
Debbie McGellin
as Cheerleader
Kathy Reid
as Cheerleader
Debbie Tull
as Cheerleader
Lynn Wilson
as Cheerleader
Lesley Donaldson
as Bernadette
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Critic Reviews for Happy Birthday to Me

All Critics (11)

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Full Review… | June 30, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

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

A cult favourite to many due its black sense of humour and nonsensical ending, Happy Birthday to Me will be a bewilderment to others for exactly the same reasons.

Full Review… | February 10, 2016
FILMINK (Australia)

...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

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.
Lewis C.

Super Reviewer

½

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 ?
Lee ?

Super Reviewer

½

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
Dean King

Super Reviewer

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