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Happy Birthday to Me

Canada 1981
produced by
John Dunning, André Link for Canadian Film Development Corporation (CFDC), Famous Players, The Birthday Film Company, Columbia
directed by J.Lee Thompson
starring Melissa Sue Anderson, Glenn Ford, Lawrence Dane, Sharon Acker, Frances Hyland, Tracey E. Bregman, Jack Blum, Matt Craven, Lenore Zann, Lisa Langlois, Michel-René Labelle, Richard Rebiere, Lesleh Donaldson, Earl Pennington, Murray Westgate, Jérôme Tiberghien, Maurice Podbrey, Vlasta Vrana
screenplay by John C.W.Saxton, Peter Jobin, Timothy Bond, based on a story by J.W.Saxton, music by Bo Harwood, Lance Rubin

review by
Dale Pierce

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A run of the mill murder mystery with few benefits going for it except an interesting and chilling film soundtrack. Otherwise, nothing to brag about. The final birthday bash made up of corpses sitting at a table in front of cake and cookies is interesting, as when the real killer (It isn't the red herring suspect, Melissa Sue Anderson, by the way) places a party hat on her hated father's head and comments "Daddy want a big piece (cake) or little piece?" Otherwise, nothing great.

The plot is an old and tired one. Is Melissa Sue Anderson the one who is killing people at school, whom she blames for her mother's death some years ago. Is she really bonkers or is someone else doing the deed and trying to frame her ? I already explained it is someone else, which blows the ending, but does that really matter ? Like no one sees it coming ?

Lots of blood, lots of graphics and no real content behind it all. The idea of Anderson being put to sleep with an ether-covered handkerchief before each murder, so even she is unsure of what she has done or not, as part of an elaborate revenge plot by the real killer, is outright laughable. How would the murderer,a teenage girl herself, figure out how ... oh never mind !

Really sucks to see Glenn Ford, after so many great roles in the past, especially westerns such as Heaven With A Gun, The Fastest Gun Alive, 3:10 To Yuma and the like, to be reduced to a sorry-assed supporting role as Anderson's shrink.

 

 

review © by Dale Pierce

 

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