Isaacs Picture Conclusions

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME (1981) FOUR TOP HATS

I don’t know why I have never seen this before… is it the poster there?? I mean, that’s not very appealing to me. Neither is this one:

BUT!! I say BUT!! This was pretty good! I can’t believe I have missed out on this for 30 years. I don’t know what was going on in Canada back in 1981 but this movie has a “big budget” feel to it from the opening scene util the WTF awesome ending, has some good acting (what are you doing in here Glenn Ford??), has some pretty creative kills, a couple of serious blood moments (brain surgery, hellooooooooooo) and is all around just, generally, pretty good.  I bet you’ve seen all of the cast in something or other but our standouts here are Mary Ingalls Melissa Sue Anderson as the perplexed yet maybe crazy Ginny, Ford as her psychiatrist, a guy named Lawrence Dane as her dad, the character Ann is awesome and then there’s Matt Craven who I loved in Devil. I also thought the kills were surprisingly – well – good and bloody and – uh – I never like to see a man get a 25 pound weight dropped on his junk. Tiptoe away veeeeeerrryyyyy slowly from that scene…

It would be very difficult for me to write about this movie without giving away the HEY!! WHAT??!!! I, WHAT??? ending and I don’t want to do that because, if you are / were like me and haven’t seen it, I think yashould. I don’t think The Good and Wonderful Reader who looks here is expecting a write up of Little House on the Prairie or 3:10 to Yuma (WHAAAAAT is that a teaser??)  so if you’re in the mood for some slasher goodness that’s not Jason or Myers style – I would totally suggest this. Recommended sides: Beer and Nachos W/ Peppers.

One last thing – (slight spoiler) you may or may not be familiar with Glenn Ford, but he was kind of a big thing back in the 50s and such, so, if you remember him as an upstanding American icon of the silver screen, you may not want to see him meet his True Death in this.

5 comments

    • theipc

      hey GREAT!! I can’t believe I had never seen this. I love it when I know nothing about something and then it’s awesome! I loved the end!!

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