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Happy Death Day (2017)

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A college student must relive the day of her murder over and over again, in a loop that will end only when she discovers her killer's identity.

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Lori Spengler
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Gregory Butler
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David Gelbman
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Joseph Tombs
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Danielle Bouseman
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A teenage girl, trying to enjoy her birthday, soon realizes that this is her final one. That is, if she can figure out who her killer is. She must relive that day, over and over again, dying in a different way each time. Can she solve her own murder?

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Get Up. Live Your Day. Get Killed. Again.


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Rated PG-13 for violence/terror, crude sexual content, language, some drug material and partial nudity | See all certifications »

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$4,800,000 (estimated)

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AUD 1,422,262 (Australia) (15 October 2017)
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The theatrical trailer utilizes the song In Da Club by 50 Cent as Tree's birthday ringtone. However, the final film does not feature this as the crew and studio could not acquire the rights. As a result, an original ringtone composition was concocted. See more »

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Tree Gelbman: Tim, I know you're really not into girls. But it's okay. Love is love. Now go out there and get yourself a fine piece of man-ass!
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The opening Universal logo gets abruptly sucked into oblivion and then restarts, referencing the film's time loop element. This happens twice before the logo finally plays uninterrupted. See more »

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References The Most Popular Girls in School (2012) See more »

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In general, it is a very mixed bag
16 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

Happy Death Day is a movie about a university student who, on her birthday, manages to get killed by an unknown masked person. After the experience, she wakes up and realizes that she is reliving said day. While she is repeating this process, she decides to begin tracking down the person who is repeatedly slaughtering her.

Now going into this movie I didn't really expect that much. A horror movie such as this one simply looked like one where jumpscares would be very common. To an extent, I was right; there were a lot of jumpscares in this film and only a couple were effective. The first one, for instance was effective because you couldn't see it coming, but they stopped being effective directly afterwards because I had an idea where the plot was going to go with every repeated day. In a way, the movie fails at being a horror due to its predictability. This movie also has some major plot holes that I would discuss, but that would dive into spoiler territory.

As for the stuff that I enjoyed in the film, it does get entertaining sometimes and many of the jokes were pretty funny. The relationships between the main character, the love interest and the dad eventually began to grow on me. If there's one thing that the movie somewhat succeeds in as a horror, it's the fact that it does deal with some of the repercussions of fear and what it can do to one's body and that's kind of scary when you think about it.

Overall I really did enjoy this movie when it felt more like a dramedy. However, when it turns back into a horror film, for the most part Happy Death Day turns into an ineffective horror movie that is intended on using predictable jumpscares as a means to scare people, leaving that aspect of the films very weak.

6/10


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