Happy Death Day
Tree Gelbman is a blissfully self-centered collegian who wakes up on her birthday in the bed of a student named Carter. As the morning goes on, Tree gets the eerie feeling that she’s experienced the events of this day before. When a masked killer suddenly takes her life in a brutal attack, she once again magically wakes up in Carter’s dorm room unharmed. Now, the frightened young woman must relive the same day over and over until she figures out who murdered her.
I gotta be honest, this movie wasn’t so bad at all, I rather liked it. I never expected to like it this much, but I did. The film wasn’t so much scary as somewhat a comedy. I also thought it was going to be one of those dumb final girl movies, but yet again, I was surprised. You know how some movies having a similar plot – the person reliving the same day over and over again – can get really redundant and boring, really quick. Fortunately, this actually wasn’t one of them. It’s more of a slasher film that’s very tongue-in-cheek and pretty darn funny.
Tree Gelbman, played by Jessica Rothe is one of those highly popular and mean sorority girls that you’re understandably hoping gets murdered the whole time. While at a party, Tree gets completely smashed and makes out with random guys. She continues on her merry way to instigate two fights before she ends up dancing on the table and inevitably ends up barfing all over the place.
Now it’s the morning of September 18, Tree’s birthday. It’s also her death day, as the title would inform. Waking up in a dorm room of classmate Carter Davis, played by Israel Broussard, after a drunken binge the night before. Tree is ignoring her father’s phone calls and rudely dismisses Carter as she leaves his room. She then throws away a cupcake given to her by her roommate Lori, for her birthday no less. Not only these bitch moves, but we’re also to understand that she is having a sordid affair with her married professor, Gregory Butler.
That night, on her way to another party, Tree is lured into a tunnel and murdered by a hooded figure wearing a mask of the campus mascot. Tree then wakes up the next day, only to find she’s reliving the same day. And she keeps waking up to this same day. And no matter how much she changes events of that day, the night still ends with her getting murdered, and seemingly doomed to relive the same day over and over again while reliving her gruesome death at the hands of a baby-faced masked figure every single night.
I know it may seem there this is nothing but spoilers, but believe me, there’s a lot of things that will be going on next. We get to watch this shitty attitude chick turn herself into someone completely different, and that in itself is amazing to watch. I honestly thought that maybe I would get tired of the main character getting killed over and over, night after night, but there are so much different varieties mixed into each day and night that it never really got old.
Title: Happy Death Day
Release Date: October 13, 2017
Runtime: 1 hour, 36 minutes
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Studio: Universal Pictures
Starring: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Rachel Matthews, Charles Aitken
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Directors: Christopher B. Landon
Reviewed by: Sarah Hopkins
Our Rating: 3.4 /5
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