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.
Release Date: Oct 13, 2017
Cast: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Charles Aitken, Rachel Matthews
Rated PG-13 for violence/terror, crude sexual content, language, some drug material and partial nudity
Runtime: 1 hr. 36 min.
Genres: Mystery/Thriller, Horror
Happy Death Day takes the Groundhog Day conceit and gives it a fun horror spin. Christopher Landon directs his film with tongue placed firmly in cheek. Those expecting some sort of a straight forward hardcore horror might be a bit let down since the film isn’t ever really scary or thrilling. That being said, it’s still an impressively fun film that really never loses energy during its incredibly efficient runtime. There are plenty of laughs abound as the day replays over and over again with Jessica Rothe delivering a great central performance. Rothe has some impressive comedic timing and she puts it to great use throughout. The central mystery isn’t all that difficult to figure out but that really doesn’t detract from the overall enjoyment. Horror fans have to trudge through a lot of garbage before something worthwhile pops up, thankfully Happy Death Day is a nice surprise.