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Bloody Birthday

USA 1981
produced by
Gerald T. Olson, Steven R. McGlothen (executive), Daniel H. Blatt (executive), Max Rosenberg (executive) for Judica Productions
directed by Ed Hunt
starring Lori Lethin, Melinda Cordell, Julie Brown, Joe Penny, Bert Kramer, K.C. Martel, Elizabeth Hoy, Billy Jayne (as Billy Jacoby), Andrew Freeman, Susan Strasberg, José Ferrer, Ben Marley, Erica Hope, Ellen Geer, Daniel Currie, William Boyett, Shane Butterworth, Ward Costello, Michael Dudikoff, Cyril O'Reilly, Georgie Paul, Norman Rice, Ruth Silveira, Sylvia Wright, John Avery, Nathan Roberts
written by Ed Hunt, Barry Pearson, music by Arlon Ober

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Small town USA, 1970, day of the solar eclipse - and one of those rare ones where sun and moon also block out Saturn: 3 babies are born, Debbie (Elizabeth Hoy), Curtis (Billy Jacobi) and Steven (Andrew Freeman).

The same small town, 1980: One night, when wanting to make out on the graveyard, a couple actually gets buried alive, and all the circumstances suggest that this was a brutal murder. A few days later, the local sheriff (Bert Kramer) investigating the case dies in a freak accident, too. And it soon becomes apparent that a psycho is roaming the neighbourhood.

Timmy (K.C. Martell) is best friends with above-mentioned Debbie, Curtis and Steven, but of late the games they play get more and more out of hand and violent, like when they lock Timmy into a fridge at the local junkyard and then leave, so he gradually backs away from them - and not a moment too soon, as soon enough they shoot dead their teacher (Susan Strasberg) and plot a few more murders. Now Timmy and his sister teenagedJoyce (Lori Lethin) soon grow wise on them - but what to do, they're kids, and you can't really blame kids for murder. But the kids are growing wise on Timmy and Joyce growing wise on them, and they sure are lethal ...

 

Bloody Birthday might not exactly try to reinvent cinema, but it's a nice little example of the horror kids subgenre that's (for budget reasons at least in parts) miles away from the flashiness of the then very recent The Omen, but it does manage to deliver the scares on a smaller scale just the same, thanks to a very engaging script, well-placed shocks and a solid cast. Very watchable, and not only for fans of vintage horror.

 

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