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|BLOODY BIRTHDAY (director/writer: Ed Hunt; screenwriter: Barry Pearson; cinematographer: Stephen Posey; editor: Ann E. Mills; music: Arlon Ober; cast: Lori Lethin (Joyce Russel), Melinda Cordell (Mrs. Brody), Julie Brown (Beverly Brody), Joe Penny (Mr. Harding), Bert Kramer (Sheriff James Brody), K.C. Martel (Timmy Russel), Elizabeth Hoy (Debbie Brody), Billy Jacoby (Curtis Taylor), Andy Freeman (Steven Seton), Susan Strasberg (Miss Viola Davis), Jose Ferrer (Doctor); Runtime: 92; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Gerald T. Olson; VCI Home Video; 1981)|
time-waster tasteless horror flick, with no
redeeming social values."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
A time-waster tasteless horror flick, with no redeeming social values. Director Ed Hunt ("Alien Warrior"/"The Brain"/"Starship Invasions") is co-writer with Barry Pearson of this thoughtless exploitative bloody 'killer kid' slasher pic that's worse than the typical '80s horror film. It's a low-rent riff on Bad Seed (1956).
In 1970, in the serene
all-white suburban Meadowvale, California, a doctor (Jose Ferrer) at
Meadowvale General Hospital delivers three babies
during a total eclipse of the sun. It then picks up in
1980, and we view a young couple necking in the Meadowvale cemetery who are viciously
killed by three children. These three 10-year-olds, Debbie Brody (Elizabeth
Hoy), Curtis Taylor (Billy Jacoby), and Steven Seton
(Andy Freeman), are the same children born during the
eclipse. We're told some nonsense that because the sun and the moon were
blocking Saturn, which controls emotions, human feelings were
blocked out of their personalities and is the reason
they go on a killing spree.
The three tykes, looking
like angels, murder Debbie's sheriff father (Bert Kramer), and make it look like an
accident; the trio brutally kill another couple
necking in their van; they slay their strict
elementary school teacher (Susan Strasberg); Debbie kills her sexy
older high school sister (Julie Brown) by shooting an arrow into
her eye through a hole in sis's closet, where she
previously charged the boys a quarter to watch her
undress; and, finally the kids run out of luck, as
they try but fail to kill their astrology following
high school babysitter Joyce (Lori Lethin) and her 10-year-old
brother Timmy (K.C.
boys get arrested but Debbie's grief-stricken mom (Melinda Cordell) flees with her little
devil in tow.
The creepy 'killer kids'
are unpleasant to watch in action (though they give
outstanding performances), but are not necessarily
horror pic scary. The violence includes using a rope
for strangulation, a revolver, a baseball bat, a
bow-and-arrow, a discarded refrigerator to lock in a
vic, and trying to run over a vic with an automobile.
None of it was believable or entertaining, but it
follows the formula of the usual '80s horror pic.
REVIEWED ON 7/25/2011 GRADE: C-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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