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Happy Death Day was a greats surprise. I dismissed it when I saw the trailer last year. Missed it at the cinema, shame too ’cause I’d heard how good it was. Finally saw it early this year and I loved it. Defo a film I plan to pick up and add to my collection. Now here we are a little over a year after the first film hit theatres and we have a trailer for the sequel Happy Death Day 2U! What a title!

Now I was conflicted on if I should post the trailer for the sequel or not because it spoils a lot of the first film. Hence the spoiler warning in the headline. I hate spoilers and would hate to be the reason for any viewer having a film ruined. That said I must say I can not imagine why anyone would be checking out a trailer for a direct sequel to a film they haven’t seen. So I’m going ahead and putting it up.

On to the footage and wow. Happy Death Day2U looks bonkers. This looks like it takes the time travel elements from the first film and goes even further with them. I have no idea how the sequel will play out and I love that. I hope the film retains its heart and humour. Despite the killing and screaming in the first film you finish it with a smile on your face and feeling good. I can’t see any reason why they’d change the tone up with this sequel and go super dark.

Pretty much the whole cast and creative team behind the scenes return for Happy Death Day 2U. Look for it in cinemas on Valentine’s Day 2019. Not long to go.

 

Happy Death Day (NO SPOILERS)

Posted: February 21, 2018 in Movies
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Happy Death Day is like a breath of fresh air. I love horror and I adore slasher movies. Good ones. And man this one is good. Now before I get into the film I want to be clear that as far as horror and slasher movies go this is on the lighter side. It’s not full of brutal violence or gore. It’s tone is very much in the slasher camp but it’s execution is more on the comedy side, with a dose of thriller and (why the hell not?!) a dash of Back To The Future and Groundhog Day for good measure. If that sounds nuts that’s fair enough but you can’t deny that mixture hasn’t caught your attention. The movie certainly did catch on with audiences last Halloween when it went on to make serious money at the box office.

The film follows college student Tree (Jessica Rothe). It’s her birthday! Yay! Well no. As it happens Tree is not your typical horror leading lady. Think Regina from Mean Girls or one of the trio of Heathers from said movie. Tree is not exactly likeable. So much so someone wants to kill her. They want this girl dead and that’s just what happens. Tree is brutally dispacthed before her birthday is through. No I haven’t ruined the film. See, Tree wakes up suddenly. It’s her birthday. She’s lived (and died this day before) and she will again and again unless(!) she can figure out who wants her dead (and there’s no shortage of suspects) and why. Brilliant. I wish I could come up with great ideas like this for genre movies.

Happy Death Day comes from the Blumhouse team (Get Out, Insidious, The Purge and this years Halloween) and those guys know what they are doing. Director Christopher Landon has more than earned his horror stripes having written and directed a few of the Paranormal Actvity movies and the excellent Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. He knows how to stage the frights and as Scouts Gudie… demonstrated he can balance the horror with the laughs. I’m now totally a fan of this guy and will be keeping an eye out to see what he has coming out in the future.

Another reason for the success of Happy Death Day is the film’s fantastic cast. Made up of talented yet unkown (at leats to me) actors. Jessica Rothe is great as Tree. She has the hardest role in the film because despite playing an unlikeable hero she had to get the audience to root for Tree despite her flaws and that’s just what she does. Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Charles Aitken and Rob Mello fill out the cast and do great work. The scene stealer in this cast though is Rachel Matthews as one of Tree’s sorority sisters. She has some of the funniest scenes in the movie and had me laughing out loud at some of the stuff she comes out with.

I’m mad at myself for not making more of an effort to go see Happy Death Day at the cinema because I reckon it would have been a boss movie to see with a crowd. It’s definitley a film I plan to buy and add to my collection. It is also another great example of how this decade is shaping up to be one of the best for horror. If this momentum keeps up then the next few years are going to be one hell of a ride for genre fans.