Saturday, August 3, 2013

Fear Fridays ~ Light Up Those Candles Again

What's more fun than a bad horror film? A handful of bad horror films all in a theme! Today is this Vixen's birthday so all month Fear Fridays will be full of birthday mayhem. Oh, what better way to bring on another year of life then with lots of death scenes and bad acting? This week's selection is the most fun of the bunch and I think I just might watch it again myself. Enjoy!

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Fridays at the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog are Fear Fridays. Fear Fridays are a celebration of all films spooky. Horror is a very broad genre and the Lounge loves it all. Each Friday you will find a review of a different film. These can range from Classic Horror (black and white and cheesy), Thrillers (suspense, jumps and a good mystery), outright Horror (chop chop, slash slash, die die) and anything else in between.

So pop some popcorn, kill the lights and enjoy tonight's selection. And please, share your comments on the film. Bad or good let me know what you thought of it. And now, my little ghouls and dolls, the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog is proud to present this week's film.

Fear Fridays ~ Happy Birthday To Me

 Tagline - Pray You're Not Invited To The Party
               John Will Never Eat Shish Kebab Again
               Six of the most bizarre murders you will ever see
               R.S.V.P or die!

Directed by J. Lee Thompson and released on May 15, 1981 by Columbia Pictures. Virginia (Melissa Sue Anderson) belongs to the most popular clique at her private school. She's happy, doing well in her classes and having fun. One problem though is that chunk of her memory she lost after that nasty little car accident last year. Oh yeah, and the fact that all of her friends are being killed off one by one!

I thought this was an appropriate choice for this week's selection since it's my birthday. I remember when this movie came out in the theater but I was a little too young to have seen it then. But I do remember lots of kids talking about it and the famous shish kebab scene that was used on the posters and cover of the VHS box. I watched this and if you grew up during the slasher era of the 80's, or are just a fan of the genre, it's a fun little movie. No great acting or writing here but isn't that half the fun? If you're old enough to remember watching "Little House on the Prairie" then you will recognize our main character as Mary Ingles. Wow, what a departure!

If you haven't seen it, or it's been a long while, give it a play. It's good cheesy fun with a nice twisty twist ending.

Take a look at the original trailer...

A little trivia about the movie...
1. Most ads and posters for film carried a photo of a young man about to be orally impaled with a skewer of meat and vegetables, with the slogan "John Will Never Eat Shish Kebab Again." However, there is no character in the movie with this name.
2. Many fans were upset with the 2004 DVD release from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment because, not only did it have a completely different cover to that of the infamous original poster and VHS cover, it featured a disco score in place of the atmospheric piano piece that originally played over the opening credits in theaters and VHS releases. In 2009, Anchor Bay/Starz Home Entertainment re-released the DVD using the original poster as the cover and restoring the original music over the opening sequence.
3. The press reported that in order to keep the "twist" ending a secret several endings were shot. This is untrue but helped hide the fact that while shooting, the film had no ending. The script was written with one ending that made sense to the story, but did not have a twist. So producers proceeded to film while tinkering with a twist. This explains why there is no build up to the ending.


  1. One day when I can convince the grandchildren to sleep early I will be watching this!

  2. Since tomorrow is my birthday its appropriate that I also watch this-I don't know if I can find it or if I'll have to order it. Either way-great post, I'm reconsidering eating Shish Kebab again myself. Happy Birthday!!! :) ~Raine~