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  • Actors: Christina De Vallee, Jill Riddiford, David Paisley, David McGillivray Jonathan Keane
  • Directors: Mark Harriott Mike Matthews
  • Format: AC-3, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Wolfe Video
  • Release Date: April 9 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B005ENCJ16
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,678 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Rick thoughtlessly chooses to bring his girlfriend Sadie – who is terrified of water – to the remote island of Amen to celebrate her birthday. He also brings along his pal Johnny, who he happens to also be quite attracted to. At the island, they meet Corinne, who turns out to have a mysterious family connection to Sadie. Horrific consequences await the threesome as they find themselves trapped on the island by the tide.

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Yes this is a sexy, thriller, horror, gay themed road movie that ends on a spooky Scottish Island that is cut off by tidal flows. Sadie and Rich are partners she wants a baby, he keeps trying, but is firing blanks. He is also seeing Jonny on the side, his best friend who only cares so long as he keeps firing. They are all off for a party weekend on the above mentioned island.

Only big surprise is that Rick (Holby City's David Paisley ' he will never live that down) has found Sadie's (Christine de Vallee ' never been in Holby City but had an unscheduled stay in A and E once) long lost sister and family. Meanwhile the tide comes in and cuts them off before they have a chance to visit 'Amen Island'. So they go to a Bed and Breakfast for some much needed sex.

The following day they make it to this island and any sane person would have skedaddled straight away ' even without the scary music, which is a constant by the way, as all of the inhabitants are weird. Even the scarecrow has been crucified. They do have some more sex though so all is far from lost.

This is one of those modern horror types that feels it has to trowel on the frights and it keeps reminding you that bad things are gonna happen with the music, the constant shots of the incoming tide, shots of crows, cries of crows and the dysfunctional bunch of in breds on the island. There is also quite a lot of sign posting and some pretty flabby plot holes.

That said there are some pretty good performances especially from Mr Paisley ' well he was on the BBC you know. And most of the production values are high. I think that writers and producers Mark Harriott and Mike Mathews just tried to shoe horn in too much and that took away from the film rather than adding to it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Over sexed Threesome get into some Bother on Remote Scottish Island! Feb. 22 2012
By Tommy Dooley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Yes this is a sexy, thriller, horror, gay themed road movie that ends on a spooky Scottish Island that is cut off by tidal flows. Sadie and Rich are partners she wants a baby, he keeps trying, but is firing blanks. He is also seeing Jonny on the side, his best friend who only cares so long as he keeps firing. They are all off for a party weekend on the above mentioned island.

Only big surprise is that Rick (Holby City's David Paisley - he will never live that down) has found Sadie's (Christine de Vallee - never been in Holby City but had an unscheduled stay in A and E once) long lost sister and family. Meanwhile the tide comes in and cuts them off before they have a chance to visit `Amen Island'. So they go to a Bed and Breakfast for some much needed sex.

The following day they make it to this island and any sane person would have skedaddled straight away - even without the scary music, which is a constant by the way, as all of the inhabitants are weird. Even the scarecrow has been crucified. They do have some more sex though so all is far from lost.

This is one of those modern horror types that feels it has to trowel on the frights and it keeps reminding you that bad things are gonna happen with the music, the constant shots of the incoming tide, shots of crows, cries of crows and the dysfunctional bunch of in breds on the island. There is also quite a lot of sign posting and some pretty flabby plot holes.

That said there are some pretty good performances especially from Mr Paisley - well he was on the BBC you know. And most of the production values are high. I think that writers and producers Mark Harriott and Mike Mathews just tried to shoe horn in too much and that took away from the film rather than adding to it. Still I think it kept me entertained and is far from being the worst film ever but not quite four stars but more than a solid three. If in doubt get it on a rental, you will not be wanting to see it again as it trades on the scares and `twists' and sex and the crow shots and scary bits - I think you get it.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A must see! Sept. 18 2011
By Pippa A - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
One of the best films I've seen in ages. Very new, fresh and original with a great plot full of twists - a brilliant mix of horror, sex and humour! Can't wait for the next one...
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Twisted Brilliance Sept. 8 2011
By minormajor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Paying homage to the likes of The Wicker Man and a whole heap of paranoia from the Seventies, Unhappy Birthday builds a creeping sense of dread that eventually builds to a palm sweating finale and a pay off that had the audience crying out not once but twice at the preview screening I attended. Solid performances, striking cinematography and a truly unsettling score more than make up for the lack of budget. And although the story meanders in one or two places at the start of the film, it offers a solid balance of dark humour, decent scares and moments of the truly bizarre. All in all, Unhappy Birthday is a refreshing treat for thriller/horror fans of all denominations.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Quietly, Satisfyingly Disturbing But With An Unbelievable Ending Nov. 19 2011
By Todd W. Hellems - Published on Amazon.com
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This unassuming and brow-stitching flick set me up with seemingly uninteresting, moderately attractive young characters only to leave me creeped-out and using too many adverbs in this review. I wouldn't call this a psychological thriller but I will note that it disturbed me in an insidiously head-shrinking way (there goes another adverb). There are no real shock moments until the end but there are tons of behaviors that I didn't expect and couldn't decide how to interpret; therein lies the power of "Unhappy Birthday". That power fizzled when the ending turned out to be convoluted, "jumping" from nowhere with ****** ******** and ***********. I'm leaving these descriptions partially omitted (replaced with asterisks) because they might actually spoil the end for some viewers. Watch the film and enjoy the understated strangeness.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Totally Unmissable Sept. 5 2011
By jayeffc - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This is an amazing film, so good I went to the cinema twice to see it.
It has everything: drama, suspense, comedy, brilliant cinematography, its a real thriller...with a good dash of sex.
Miss it at your peril

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