Movie Review: ‘Happy Death Day’

Review by Monique Thompson

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.

Blumhouse Productions is back with another horror/thriller film this year. As producers of films like Get Out, Split, Belko Experiment, Blumhouse’s latest project, Happy Death Day, is a rewinding thriller about a college student, Tree Gelbman, who has to relive her death in nightmares until she figures out who her killer is. Uniquely, with each dream, she gets a little bit more than before and each death becomes more and more dramatic.

It takes Tree (Jessica Rothe) a couple days to actually realize what is happening to her but once she does, the film really starts to come alive and the fun begins. I’m confident in saying this will surely be more funny than scary. Just think of trying to convince someone that you are sane while trying to explain to them that you’re really living a deja vu moment that just happens to be a prediction of the future. Initially Tree’s friends all think she’s crazy but eventually she confides in Carter to help her figure out the purpose and killer responsible for her death.

To sum things up without a long drawn out synopsis, Happy Death Day is nothing but a time-warped film very similar to the 90’s Groundhog Day. Just this time things have a bit of a slasher feel in hopes of becoming a horror film. Only thing is there’s nothing really scary here with the exception of a few jump scares that may occur only solely because of the abrasive sound effects. These type of movies always seem to end in a cliffhanger hinting towards a sequel but I will say HDD has a nice ending with a good twist. While it reminds me totally of a CW slasher flick, Happy Death Day is surely decent enough to see in theaters. Besides, it’s the perfect film to be released on a Friday the 13th.

STARRING: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, and Ruby Modine

In theaters Friday the 13th (October)

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