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It's gonna be a killer birthday party!!.
on 18 February 2013
I've seen many horror flicks about murderous children, but Ed Hunt's "Bloody Birthday" has to be the one of the best and coolest. On June 9, 1970, three women in Meadowvale, California give birth during a total solar eclipse. Since no one takes astrology all that seriously, they don't realize that when the moon and the sun block Saturn, kids are born without a conscience. Ten years pass and these three children - Debbie (Elizabeth Hoy), Curtis (Billy Jayne), and Steven (Andy Freeman) - are the best of friends...WHO KILL! Forget tag and hide-and-seek. These kids like strangling teenagers, shooting annoying teachers in the head, smashing heads with a baseball bat, collecting news articles about the murders in a scrapbook, and looking through peepholes to see their friend's older sister dance naked in her bedroom (I must admit, that scene was unintentionally hilarious) one of their classmates is suspicious of the trio and later finds out all along that he was right but no one would listen, not even his older sister.
The adult actors in the film were quite bad and it seems like the kids were better actors in my opinion and the film had a really low budget. There are some neat and gory death scenes and of course lots of nudity, since no self-respecting 80s slasher flick would dare skip that, but what's really good about the movie is that it shows how manipulative these children are. Not only do all three of them pretend to act innocent and cute to hide their evil deeds, but they know how to prevent anyone from finding anything out, nobody suspects them so it's easier for them to continue killing. Unlike many other horror films from this period, it at least attempts to bring something original and imaginative. For once, the kids acting is good and the entire film has a creepy atmosphere and grizzly music. Bloody Birthday was a fun little 80's slasher flick that was definitely worth checking out.