In belated dishonor of my birthday, a gift for you goober gobbling cretins, a review for the classic 80's stalk and slash HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!
Happy Birthday To Me is a riddle with no real answer. The film makers present a mystery to the audience but there is no real way for the viewer to connect the dots in the story or guess who the culprit is that’s slaying the “in crowd” of the posh and privileged Crawford Academy, so don’t try. Don’t use your grey matter; revel in the visceral delights and scares of the slasher film, but don’t play a guessing game with the movie. You will lose, loser. We are merely expected to ride the film to the end and find out through a twisted Scooby-Do like reveal who the killer in the film is. Ignore the red herring-a-thon as well. They’re just there to tease you. Just pay attention to all those matching blue scarves. Let yourself be drawn into the awe of the movie’s one special effect; a lightning bolt. ZAAP! Woah.
The “in crowd” that find themselves the target of the killer in the film are a bunch of snotty brats and ego stroking donkey dicks. And they threw a rat in a beer! Blasphemy; ruining the golden nectar of the gods with rodent flesh; that wasn’t a Guinness assholios! They also like to dangerously drive drunk over separating bridges, and generally place social status above all other qualities in a person. If this film had one ongoing theme it’s that the pursuit of social status as an empty, and sometimes dreadfully harmful endeavor.
These “in-crowd people choose to define themselves by the reaction other people have to them. This is a common folly as people, like most animals, are fickle, simple minded, selfish creatures likely to form snap opinions of others based on irrelevant and often filtered information, thus rendering the benchmark of social standing useless at best. That’s why I prefer to be defined by the Cat-fish man monster from ZAAT. Social standing and the quest for popularity is a pursuit that the sociopath excels at and the foolish abide by. The tragedy that unfolds for the main characters alive by the end of the film is something that could have been avoided had these people not placed such importance on how popular they are, or what kind of clique they fall into.
Happy Birthday To Me is a film with all the classic slasher trappings. Scenes in the film were shot on Phoneix Bridge, giving you Upstate NY’ers another reason to check it out, so pretend it’s your putrid spawn day and party it up with a deadly double dose of Happy Birthday To Me.