IMDB Rating: 3.4
Set in and around the remote tidal island of Amen, Unhappy Birthday is the fictional story of three outsiders battles against the twisted morals of an antiquated community. Inspired by British cult classics such as The Wicker Man and Hammer House of Horror, the film explores the fear of isolation and nature versus nature. A special birthday party becomes a living nightmare for City-dwelling couple Sadie and Rick and their friend Johnny. They visit Corinne, an enigmatic local on the island of Amen, which is accessible only by invite and seemingly impossible to get off. A mysterious family connection with Corinne brings horrific consequences as they find themselves trapped by the tide and at the mercy of the islands wild nature.
seriousangel2 (08 May 2013)
I am not going to write a very long review but, what I am going towrite is that while it is indeed a strange movie the acting is abovepar. and the camera work is beautifully done. The movie comes off asprofessional and not cheesy. I gave it a 10 because it was well worthmy time spent viewing it. but you have to be of the mind that does nothave to be satisfied very quickly, some adults are like children andmust have the pay-off right then and there and cannot wait this is nota movie for those of that mind set.This movie is slow paced and builds to the end which I did not expect.Iwas slowly drawn into the movie by the clever writing and great acting.I forgot I was watching a movie at some point and felt more like avoyeuristic peeping tom watching some persons personal tragedyunfolding before my eyes.
michaelarmstrong-armstro (08 May 2013)
Words fail me. This review will not seem to bear any resemblance to the10 star reviews above; subjective as the world is, this truly was oneof the worst films I've had the misfortune to sit through. Are theyacting we asked? Is it irony, we wondered? Was it improvisation? No, itis none of these. Hammy acting, a series of unconnected scenes with a40 minute lead up to nothing and a hideous stereotyped gay man comingacross like a mix of that horrid character from Gimme Gimme Gimme andIan Beale. What I would say is that some of the time lapse photographyain't bad - what I'd also add is if the director (was there one?)wanted to avoid make up on the 'actors', natural as that may beflattering it certainly ain't! Avoid.
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