It’s day ten of my HALLOWEEN CHALLENGE where I have to see a horror movie a day during the month of October and write a short review for each one.
In HAPPY BIRTHDAY two friends embark on a trip to Mexico to celebrate the birthday of one of them. As they pay two strange men to discover "the real Mexico" things spiral out of control pretty quickly and they soon find themselves in a fight for survival.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY is a genre blender. Sold and advertised as a horror film, it is so much more than that. Taking the comedic element of HANGOVER, it also delivers the sticky tension of HOSTEL. Shot on a tight budget the movie looks expensive, with decent acting, especially from Mexican part of the cast, who all look authentic and creepy.
This is as much fun with an independent movie you will ever get, and all thanks to the script that delivers funny, scary and tense in good measure. The only let down is a twist in the end, but it is a fun ride all the way through. Recommended.
SCORE OUT OF 5:
SCARY SCORE: 👻
GORE SCORE: 🗡
FUN SCORE: 🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃