Saturday, March 5, 2011

Bloody Birthday (1981)

"The nightmare begins with the kids next door"

Synopsis: In 1970, three children are born at the height of a total eclipse. Due to the sun and moon blocking Saturn, which controls emotions, they have become heartless killers ten years later, and are able to escape detection because of their youthful and innocent facades. A boy and his teenage sister become endangered when they stumble onto the bloody truth.

My Thoughts
: It being my birthday on Thursday of course I had to watch my favorite 80's horror flick. For a lot of people, the over-rated "Happy Birthday to Me" would have come to mind. I think for that one the poster (which is cool as hell) has given it a reputation of being a cult classic, because I wouldn't even say the actual film has a real cult following. I think most people either haven't seen it or don't really remember how long and drawn out it is. It's not the worst 80's slasher, but it does get way too much credit.

Anyway, this is supposed to be about "Bloody Birthday", which is very under-rated. I admit the premise isn't very original (a bunch a kids are born at the same time during an eclipse and they turn out fucked up when they're older), but the story never gets too slow and the kills are really creative. Though what really carries this film is the mean-ass little kids, led by Billy Jayne (Just One of the Guys, Parker Lewis). They are just such dirty little pricks, but in a fun way.

As if just killing people wasn't enough, they also like to get under their skin and terrorize them mentally ...and if you thought that being only 10 years old would stop them from being fuckin' perverts, you'd be wrong. At one point, the little girl (Elizabeth Hoy, Hospital Massacre) uses a hole in her older sister's (Julie Brown, The Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun) closet for a peepshow charging her friends a quarter each, that is before shooting an arrow through her eye. [Tip: never look through a strange hole in your wall!]

My Rating: 8.25 / 10

I saw this at the drive-in when it came out 30 years ago. I was just about the same age as the kids back then, so I probably rooted them on. Nowadays all I keep thinking to myself throughout the movie is, "get those little fuckers". A sure sign of gettin' old, siding with the grown-ups.

Definitely recommended! Queue it up on Netflix for your next B'day ...and 80's horror fans, add it to your collection.

"click here to see the trailer"

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