Happy Death Day (2017)

  • Director: Christopher Landonhappydeathday.jpg
  • Writer: Scott Lobdell
  • Main Cast: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine

You relive the same day over and over again, you kind of start to see who you really are.’

Tree wakes up on the morning of her birthday, after a drunken night out, and stumbles her way through her stereotypical sorority girl day. That is, until she is attacked by a masked assailant on her way to a party, and is murdered. Tree then wakes up, on the morning of her birthday, after a drunken night out, and starts stumbling her way through exactly the same day. Despite her best efforts to avoid the masked assailant, she finds herself murdered again…and again…and again. Tree needs to figure out who is after her and why, or she is doomed to keep reliving the day of her death.

Sorority Row meets Groundhog Day! This was a really fun film, with some likeable characters and an unusual, engaging plot. Obviously, the sense of threat decreases every time Tree is killed and comes back, but the film still manages some decent jump scares. It also includes some interesting and inventive kills – I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone murdered with a bong before! I did figure out the identity of the masked killer without too much trouble, but the film throws a number of twists and turns in, so it did successfully make me second-guess myself.

Happy Death Day is consistently humorous and surprisingly uplifting for a horror. Despite the main character’s many flaws, you can’t help but root for her as the story develops. One to watch when you want a horror film, but also something quite light and fun.

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