Happy Death Day review – unapologetically derivative

Groundhog Day meets classic teen slasher in this enjoyable horror about a college girl endlessly reliving the same fateful events

The latest project masterminded by indie-horror production company Blumhouse (Get Out, Paranormal Activity, The Purge) is a joyous, punchy throwback to the teen slasher movies of the 1990s and early 2000s. For bratty sorority girl Tree (an endlessly watchable and witty Jessica Rothe), each morning begins the same way: she wakes up in an unfamiliar boy’s dorm room, on her birthday, takes a walk of shame across campus, and goes about her day until that evening, when somebody in a creepy baby mask murders her. In Groundhog Day fashion (a cinematic reference point the movie cheekily wears on its sleeve), she relives the same day again and again, locked in a miserable loop until she can figure out who is trying to kill her and why.

An elegantly simple
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