Movies like “Happy Death Day” are so easy to get wrong, but director Christopher Landon (who wrote “Disturbia”) has managed to pull it off. It’s best to describe his movie as a cross between “Groundhog Day” and basically any slasher film you can think of (the movie even pokes fun of that and I loved that about it). Jessica Rothe plays a college student who keeps reliving the day of her murder over and over again. I will not say more, allowing you to witness the way Landon keeps coming up with twists and turns, even when you know there’s nowhere else he can go. “Happy Death Day” isn’t in the same league as “Groundhog Day”, but it never pretends to be. Still, it gets a lot of things right, especially towards the end, that it’s hard for me not to recommend it. And Rothe excels as a woman seeking answers: who’s trying to kill her? This movie will keep you guessing at every turn. Cool stuff.
Categories: 2010 - 2017, 3/4, horror, The Twenty-First Century
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