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Bloody Birthday [Blu-ray] (1981)

K.C. Martel , Joe Penny , Ed Hunt  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: K.C. Martel, Joe Penny, Michael Dudikoff
  • Directors: Ed Hunt
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Severin Films
  • DVD Release Date: July 8, 2014
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00KL3TT44
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,460 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Get ready for the rarely seen slasher classic from the 80s that may also be the most disturbing killer kids movies in grindhouse history: Three babies are simultaneously born in the same hospital at the peak of a full solar eclipse. Ten years later, these adorable youngsters suddenly begin a kiddie killing spree of stranglings, shootings, stabbings, beatings and beyond. Can the town's grown-ups stop these pint-sized serial killers before their blood-soaked birthday bash? K.C. Martel (E.T., Growing Pains), Joe Penny (Jake And The Fat Man), Michael Dudikoff (American Ninja), screen legends Susan Strasberg and José Ferrer, and MTV vixen Julie Brown whose nude bedroom dance remains a landmark of celebrity skin star in this still-controversial shocker from director Ed Hunt (The Brain, Diary Of A Sinner), featuring an HD transfer from the original vault elements.

Special Features:

  • Audio Interview with Director Ed Hunt
  • Don't Eat The Cake! Interview With Star Lori Lethin
  • A Brief History Of Slasher Films Featurette

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite Possibly The Perfect Movie... October 19, 2007
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In BLOODY BIRTHDAY, three sociopathic 10 year olds murder the town sheriff, their school-teacher (Susan Strasberg), and a slew of naked teens! I particularly enjoyed Timmy (K.C. Martel), the one kid who the terrible trio cannot seem to kill! They lock him in an old refrigerator- He escapes! They try to shoot him (twice)- He is saved! One of the little creeps even tries to push him from a high place, only to be interrupted by the telephone! Yep, Timmy is indestructible, which infuriates the homicidal tots to no end! Go Timmy! The maniacal threesome themselves are so bratty and psychotic, that I hoped for their demise! BD is the perfect early 80s drive-in movie, especially since none of the adult females are able to keep their clothes on for very long at all...
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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Are children inherently evil? After watching such films as The Bad Seed (1956), The Brood (1979), Children of the Corn (1984), Devil Times Five (1974), Village of the Damned (1960), Children of the Damned (1963), Mikey (1992), The Godsend (1980), The Paper Boy (1994), The Good Son (1993), The Omen (1976), It's Alive (1974), and this film, Bloody Birthday (1981), I have to say yes, children are inherently evil little no-goodniks who spend most of their time thinking of ways to harm us adults...hell, look at the film Logan's Run (1976)...once you reached the age of 30, that was all she wrote...co-written and directed by Ed Hunt (Starship Invasions, Plague, The Brain), the film features Elizabeth Hoy (The Blues Brothers), Billy Jayne (Cujo, "Parker Lewis Can't Lose"), Andy Freeman (The Corpse Grinders 2), Lori Lethin (Return to Horror High), K.C. Martel (The Amityville Horror), Melinda Cordell ("The Young and the Restless"), and former MTV VJ West Coast Julie Brown (Earth Girls Are Easy, Medusa: Dare to Be Truthful), who's been a veritable on the Dr. Demento radio program with her song "The Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun". Also appearing (in bit parts) are José Ferrer (Dracula's Dog, The Swarm), Susan Strasberg (Taste of Fear, The Manitou), Joe Penny ("Riptide", "Jake and the Fatman"), Cyril O'Reilly (Porky's, Navy Seals), and Michael Dudikoff (Bachelor Party, American Ninja), in a `don't blink or you'll miss him' role.

As the title credits appear, I find myself watching something called `oody Birthda'...what the hell? I'll talk more about this later...once past the opening credits, we're told it's the year 1970, and José Ferrer is rushing into a hospital to deliver three babies from three, separate mothers...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I first saw this film one late night on cable, and I thought it was interesting enough to buy on DVD and add it to my horror film collection, I did some quick research online and I found the 2003 DVD version I purchased it and yes the film is great camp 80's fun, it's like The Bad Seed meets Friday The 13 lol

but the DVD picture quality was awful it was really old and faded looking and it was obviously not digitally remastered it looked a mess it looked like an old VHS tape not a digital quality DVD, and if your a bit picky about picture quility like me you won't be happy with a good film on a bad DVD, and you will want a better version if you can find it. maybe some may not care how the picture looks and thats great if you don't because the 2003 DVD cost less then the 2011 verson but I don't mind paying a bit more for a good picture on my favorite films

That said I decided to find out if the film was re-released on DVD with more features, and a better picture quality, I looked on Amazon and bam! I saw a 2011 release with audio interviews with Ed Hunt also another interview one of the stars of the film Lori Lethin jack pot! and the picture quality is much better the 2011 DVD is worth buying if you like this film, but avoid the 2003 DVD it made the film look bad and the movie is not bad it's fun.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SHOCKED At How Good This Was! July 16, 2011
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I was aware of this film, but I have always avoided it because I figured "who wants to watch a movie with a bunch of bratty kids who can't act"? Last night, I was bored and it just so happened to be on Turner Classic Movies so I started watching it. I was blown away at what a great "evil child" movie this was! I would easily put it up there with 'Village of the Damned' (the original of course) and 'The Omen' (do I have to say also the original ; damn there's so many remakes out there). The kids are really good actors. The evil deeds they do, come across as a normal everyday thing to these little psychopaths. A lot of familiar faces here and most of them play their roles very well. I really don't understand why some reviewers give this only one star unless they think the way I originally did about kids in movies. I almost rated this film 5 stars, but it isn't quite to the level that the afore mentioned evil kiddies films were, but it's close.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars PREPUBESCENT PSYCHOS July 14, 2011
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Deep down I know that BLOODY BIRTHDAY is not a very good movie. It's full of genre cliches, the acting is mediocre at best. But this was made in 1981 when slasher films were a dime a dozen so its departure to the child killers was a change of pace. The child actors are quite demonic in using their innocent appearance to mask their inherent evil. Future "name" actors Michael Dudikoff and Joe Penny have brief immemorable cameos and veteran Susan Strasberg has a brief appearance as the strict schoolteacher. Future MTV star Julie Brown gets a corny stripdance segment which allows horny males some breast shots. Lori Lethin is the expected virginal heroine and K.C. Martel is the luckiest kid in the world.
The movie's weakest point is the inane reason for the kids evil doings. Born simultaneously on the day of an eclipse supposedly did something to prevent them from developing a conscience. But why does it take ten years for the kids to go bonkers? Have they killed before? Didn't the parents see this in the kids formative years?
But I have to remember this is still a horror movie and suspending belief is a taken..and there is a perverse fascination in killer kids.
So.. BLOODY BIRTHDAY is an okay journey back to 80's horror.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Must See
One of the most terrifying old movies next to clown house. It is very twisted, and creepy to see children doing this much damage.
Published 2 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good old fashion horror movie
Published 2 months ago by bobbie voyles
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 80s Slasher Flick!
BLOODY BIRTHDAY is one of those obscure horror flicks that I have seen in movie stores at various times over the years, but just never picked up for some reason. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Matthew Scott Baker
2.0 out of 5 stars I thought it was ok
it is horrible as far as most horor films go. kids gone crazy that kills people around them as far as parents and adults go. but the acting wasn't so great.
Published 3 months ago by R tong
4.0 out of 5 stars BLU RAY 2014 INFO
This is a little info on the new 88FILMS 2014 Bluray release, well the new artwork shows 3 kids who are not in the film, oh well, it's new artwork, you can flip it over for the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by jc
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
I wish they would put more old movies on dvd . I loved the movie and am waiting for more...
Published 8 months ago by jerry jolly
3.0 out of 5 stars Psycho Kids
Get ready for the rarely seen classic horror flick from the 80s that may also be the most disturbing killer kids movies in grindhouse history. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Taheen Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Good.
I bought Bloody Birthday out on a whim. I love 80's slashers and after reading other reviews of this movie i had to see it for myself. I'm not disappointed at all. Read more
Published 18 months ago by JamesA
1.0 out of 5 stars Mind-Numbingly Bad
With a seasoned horror director who knew what he was doing (Wes Craven? George Romero?), this could have been a effective and chilling film. Instead it is mind-numbingly bad. Read more
Published on September 15, 2012 by Harry O
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Chilling Thriller of Kids Who Kill!!!
This movie is awesome... I watched for the 1st time since the early 80's and i still love it. Totally holds up today...
Published on June 19, 2012 by NELSON
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