Adventures In Meaningless Movie Trivia: “Happy Birthday To Me” (1981)

13668730_1426073050742505_2691112724041610174_oThis is the main reason why Happy Birthday To Me never completely worked for me, the whole gimmick of the killer convincing everyone she was Melissa Sue Anderson by wearing a one-piece latex mask.

In Neil Simon’s Murder By Death, this gimmick was played for laughs and it worked, because you were intended to laugh at the absurdity of it.

Happy Birthday To MeĀ used it in all seriousness– due to late script revisions ordered by the producers, who wanted a ‘twist’ ending, as though the original ending featuring Melissa Sue Anderson as the killer wasn’t enough of a shock– and it sank the movie for me. It works up until that point.

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