Happy Birthday To Me (1980/Anchor Bay DVD)
C- Sound: C+ Extras: D Film: C+
the 1970s and 1980s, there was a trend within the horror genre – and the
slasher subgenre in particular – to theme films around a specific date or holiday. Recently a lot of these have been getting the
remake treatment (My Bloody Valentine,
Prom Night, Black Christmas, Friday the
13th) and the next on the way is Happy Birthday to Me.
Regardless of your opinions concerning the recent rash of remakes, they
have at least brought renewed interest to the originals, hence this re-release
of Happy Birthday to Me.
of the 1980s slasher trend, Happy
Birthday to Me is about Ginny Wainwright, the new girl in her circle of
friends, until that circle starts getting smaller as its members begin to
disappear. Ginny starts to suspect
herself as her repressed past begins to force its way back to the surface.
Happy Birthday to Me is unique amongst its
contemporaries as it turns the traditional “final girl” slasher plot structure
on its head. In addition, this film
features some of the most original kills you’re likely to see in a horror movie
of the period, including the infamous shish-kebob kill featured on the cover.
picture, in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio, definitely has the look of cheap film from
the 1980s, but the sound quality is better, in Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo. The only special feature is a trailer.
of the best endings of any slasher flick of any era, the remake will have some
pretty big shoes to fill. Much of the
movie is fairly standard 1980s horror fare, but it does have moments of
brilliance. This is one original you’ll
want to see before the remake comes out.
- Matthew Carrick