Happy Birthday to Me

A woman's friends start to go missing shortly before her birthday.

 

Canada
1981
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Character Focus: 
Serial Killer Film
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Trespasser
Relative: 
Sibling
Trickster: 
Impostor
Catastrophes: 
Crash
Flood
5.04
The life of the party!
3.04
3.04
5.04
5.04
3
1
3
Ambiance
Plot
Performances
There are scenes of useless tension, in this film, that bring nothing to the story but are cool nonetheless, like that car flying over a rising drawbridge. The characters don’t act quite normally, the science and medical interventions don’t look right, people have strange hobbies; most of them are bullies, and the humor is almost always awkward. And why are youngsters hanging out with Shriners?
This is such a surreal environment! In a nutshell, this is the quintessential 1980’s Canadian slasher. It’s a little bit off, it’s a little bit weird, but it has a pleasant atmosphere. Everyone, here, without exception, is overacting, but they’re not bad actors. A lot of time is spent practicing sports; motorcycle, car stunts, swimming, cheerleading, soccer. Canucks sure know how to party!
This film is complicated. Slashers aren’t usually this dense. Incidents happen, here, without an antagonist’s intervention. The script is clustered with irrational events. Danger is everywhere. There’s gore, but it’s not prominent. People are constantly screaming and we’re not sure why half the time. What a strange little movie this is. For its time, though, it is quite the accomplishment.
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