Happy Birthday to Me (1981)

Canada, 1981
111m, 9951 feet
35mm Film, Metrocolor

A Canadian horror film directed by J. Lee Thompson.

Plot Summary

As her birthday approaches, Virginia’s friends at the exclusive Crawford Academy are being murdered by an unknown assailant.


Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
© The Birthday Film Company 1981
Columbia Pictures presents a John Dunning & Andre Link production. A J. Lee Thompson film. A film produced wit hthe participation of The Canadian Film Development Corporation and Famous Players Ltd.
Produced by: John Dunning, André Link
Line Producer: Stewart Harding
Associate Producer: Lawrence Nesis
Screenplay by: John Saxton, Peter Jobin, Timothy Bond
Story by: John Saxton
Director of Photography: Miklos Lente
Edited by: Debra Karen
Music by: Bo Harwood, Lance Rubin
Production Sound Mixer: Richard Lightstone
Costume Designer: Huguette Gagne
Makeup: Jocelyne Bellemare
Hairdresser: Bob Pritchett
Special Makeup Effects by: The Burman Studio
Special Effects Co-ordinators: King Hernandez, Bill Doane, Warren Keillor, Ron Ottesen
Production Designer: Earl Preston
Casting: casablanca Productions Inc.

Melissa Sue Anderson (Virginia)
Glenn Ford (Dr Faraday)
Lawrence Dane (Hal Wainwright)
Sharon Acker (Estelle)
Frances Hyland (Mrs Patterson)
Tracy Bregman (Ann)
Jack Blum (Alfred)
Matt Craven (Steve)
Lenore Zann (Maggie)
David Eisner (Rudi)
Michel Rene Labelle (Etienne)
Richard Rebiere (Greg)
Lesleh Donaldson (Bernadette)
Lisa Langlois (Amelia)
Earl Pennington (Lieutenant Tracy)
Murray Westgate (gatekeeper)
Jérôme Tiberghien (Prof. Heregard)
Maurice Podbrey (Dr Feinblum)
Vlasta Vrana (bartender)
Walter Massey (conventioneer leader)

Alternative Titles

Ab in die Ewigkeit – Austrian, German title
Aniversário Macabro – Portuguese title
Blodig fødselsdag – Danish title
Boldog születésnapom! – Hungarian title
Compleanno di sangue – Italian title
Cumpleaños mortal – Spanish title
Feliz Aniversário Para Mim – Brazilian title
Feliz cumpleaños a mí – Mexican DVD title
Feliz cumpleaños para mí – Argentine, Mexican title
Ta genethlia tou tromou – Greek title
Happy Birthday: Souhaitez de ne jamais être invité – French title
Happy Birthday, souhaitez ne jamais être invité – French Canadian title
‘N moord verjaardag – Dutch title
Onnellista syntymäpäivää – Finnish title
Srećan mi rođendan – Serbian title
Upiorne urodziny – Polish title
Vse najboljse za moj rojstni dan – Slovenian title
С Днем Рождения меня – Russian title
Честит ми Рожден ден – Bulgarian title
誕生日はもう来ない – Japanese title

Extracts included in
Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (2006)
Scream: The Inside Story (2011)
Tax Shelter Terrors (2017)
Trailer Trauma 3: 80s Horrorthon (2017)
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Cinefantastique vol.11 no.3 (September 1981) p.48
Cinema Canada vol.3 no.68 (September 1980) pp.6-7 – article
Cinema Canada vol.3 no.75 (July 1981) p.32
Copie Zéro n10 1981) pp.30-31 – credits
Fangoria no.238 (November 2004) pp.72-77 – illustrated article (Happy Birthday To Me: Bash ‘n’ slash by Caelum Vatnsdal)
Films vol.1 no.10 (September 1981) p.38
The Hollywood Reporter vol.262 no.30 (15 July 1980) p.16 – credits
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.48 no.570 (July 1981) pp.138-139
Motion Picture Product Digest vol.8 no.25 (3 June 1981) p.98
Screen International no.13 (June 1981) p.19
Screen International no.244 (7 June 1980) p.6
Starburst no.36 (1981) p.13
Variety 20 May 1981 p.22

The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.349
The Columbia Checklist: The Feature Films, Cartoons, Serials and Short Subjects of Columbia Pictures, 1922-1988 by Len D. Martin p.132-133
Columbia Pictures Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films, 1928-1982 by Michael R. Pitts pp.97-98
Film Review 1981-1982 by F. Maurice Speed p.154
Film Review 1982-1983 by F. Maurice Speed p.152 – credits
The Films of the Eighties by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn Wright Nowlan p.238
Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.164
Horror Films by Subgenre: A Viewer’s Guide by Chris Vander Kaay and Kathleen Fernandez-Vander Kaay p.101
Horror Films of the 1980s by John Kenneth Muir pp.187-189 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review