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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FILM - TARA BRADY

GRIND­HOUSE DUBLIN: BLOODY BIRTH­DAY Club, Light House, Dublin Fri 10.45pm light­house­cin­ema.ie We’re no astrologers, but as we un­der­stand it, any chil­dren born when Saturn some­thing some­things with a to­tal eclipse will be evil, mur­der­ous spawn. Bad Seed riffs don’t come much bad­der than Bloody Birth­day, a glo­ri­ously tacky 1981 slasher flick, di­rected by Ed ( Star­ship Inva

sions) Hunt and re­plete with muf­fled horns and nighttime cricket chirps on the sound­track.

At the gory heart of the film, three mur­der­ous kids pick off sus­pi­cious adults (in­clud­ing slum­ming guest stars José Fer­rer and Su­san Stras­berg) and typ­i­cal hor­ror movie vic­tims. (Why must you frolic in the ceme­tery, horny teenagers, why?) We love the fi­nal elab­o­rate se­quence in which the speccy one pulls a gun, the Milky Bar kid one wields a carv­ing knife, and the pretty blonde reaches for her trusty bow and ar­row.

Dis­taste­ful in all the right places and pro­duced by Ger­ald T Ol­son of Repo Man fame. Ku­dos Grind­house peeps!

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