Happy Birthday to Me (1981)


“Virginia Wainwright is a spirited young woman who has returned to a private school having survived a deadly accident and regenerative brain surgery. She is proud that she belongs to the Top Ten – the school’s inner circle with the best students – and attempts to resume a normal life. But her friends are falling prey to a grueling series of murders, and soon there will be no one left to attend her 18th birthday party. Could it be her? Striving to rekindle the memory of her nightmarish accident, Virginia suffers from memory loss and traumatic blackouts. We soon learn the horrible truth behind her accident and what is going on before her birthday party…”


This is an American-Canadian horror slasher feature from the early 80s (1981), which I recall fondly as a kid from the cover alone of a dude with a metal skewer rammed down his throat (an excellent kill idea).

As far as slasher’s from the 80’s go, this is as good as any, with a few very inventive killings, and some nasty bits such as a brain surgery scene, and the death of Glenn Ford.

One thing about this film which bothers me a little today is it’s multiple “plot twist” ideas, which become a bit predictable (but fuck it, it’s a slasher, who cares!?)

All in all, if you’ve not checkout out Happy Birthday to me! before, do so soon, especially if you’re a fan of 80’s slashers (or horror films in general from that particular era).

A short review, yes – but a recommended film indeed.


5.3 out of 10 – a fun slasher from the early 80’s!

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