One of the earlier ruminations on the evil children concept, Ed Hunt's Bloody Birthday is a film that personifies the early 80s horror scene that featured a high body count and lots of gratuitous nudity and violence. Don't get me wrong, those looking for gore by today's standards will be extremely disappointed but Bloody Birthday delivers on offering a nice variety of death scenes that are inventive and fun. Bloody Birthday is a film with absolutely no interest in crafting a social commentary, it just wants to be fun. There is no elaborate back story or history as to why these kids go on a killing spree, they are just three evil little shits who were born to be bad. The film indirectly points out how the births of these three children coincided with a solar eclipse, but that is as far as the film goes in explaining why they are evil. The three actors who play these sadistic, sociopathetic children are incredibly well cast, each bringing a creepy quality necessary for this type of role. Bloody Birthday does a great job at juxtaposing these young innocent faces with death and violence in a way that only enhances the overall sinister feel of the film. This is a film that features a nice amount of ambiance and atmosphere with a nice eery score and cinematography that only help to set the mood. Ed Hunt's Bloody Birthday certainly isn't a top tier horror film from the 1980s but it's a lot of fun and should be experienced by anyone who is a fan of the genre.
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