Happy Death Day (2017)

“[as she is being handcuffed] I’ve never been arrested before.” – Tree Gelbman

Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Sep 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A college co-ed is stalked by an unknown assailant on her borthday and despite being killed at the end of the day, she must relive that same day over and over while trying to figure out who her murderer is.

My Take on it – Last week, 5 members of The LAMB participated in a time travel movie draft to try and get the best team.

Of the 25 films chosen in this 5 round draft, I had seen 22 of them and was curious about the other three; Idiocracy (2006), Happy Death Day (2017) and Army of Darkness (1992).

 This was the second of the three films that I chose to watch and despite not being a fan of horror films, the premise sounded so intriguing, I just had to give it a try.

I have always been a HUGE fan of Groundhog Day (1993) and other movies that borrow the concept of reliving the same day over and over in various realms.

The choice to make a horror film out of that idea is quite clever because it allows for the main character to try and find the killer via so many different paths and methods.

The way that they present things here works well and it never feels as if it repeats itself even if it replays the same day over and over.

The film has a mix of numerous genres that helps make it work so well.

This is a thriller/mystery/horror and the way that they present things allows for us to quickly care so much about the character and everything that happens to her.

They adds some great twists and turns to the story as things unfold that help to add so much suspense as each subsequent day begins anew.

The character is able to learn so much about herself an her situation as the story unfolds in so many really entertaining ways while she tries to figure out who wants to kill her.

Even though this movie is in a genre that I am by no means a fan of, I really enjoyed this one and expect to watch it again soon to try and get a full grasp of the way that things unfold here.

Thanks to Todd of The Forgotten Filmz Podcast for picking this film for his team and allowing me to become aware of it and its sequel (which I plan to watch soon).

To vote for the best Time Travel movie team over at the LAMB, click here and vote.

Bottom Line – Such a fun movie that is able to take a clever concept and make things so enjoyable to watch (over and over).  The mix of mystery, thrills and horror works so well here as we begin to care so much about this character right from the start. The story has some great twists and turns that work so well in both adding to suspense of it all while also raising the level of thrills as each subsequent day begins.  The Groundhog Day (1993) concept works superbly here and the character is able to learn so much about herself while gaining insight on how to try and discover who her killer is as things progress.  Despite not being a fan of Horror films in general, this is one that I plan to rewatch in order to fully grasp everything that happens.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Even though they only filmed and show her face and bare back in the movie, Jessica Rothe said in a 2017 interview that she decided to go totally nude for the scene where Tree walks around campus naked in order to feel the same rush as her character. She called it a very “liberating” moment. “It was incredibly freeing. I think everyone fantasizes about what that would be like if you kind of just got to live life without repercussions and do whatever you want, and what that bucket list would be. Not only did I get to play someone doing it, but I got to do a few of those moments, like the naked walk of glory–not walk of shame, walk of glory. It was one of the most empowering experiences I’ve ever had in my life. And a huge part of that was I trusted [the director] so much, and to portray that in a way that I felt comfortable. The crew was incredible.” She explained that when they shot that scene, all the women of the crew would surround her holding up their jackets, shielding her from outside eyes and cell phones so footage of her stark naked couldn’t be leaked onto the internet. The women would chant her name and she would do a little dance in the middle between takes to get pumped up. “Then as they yelled, ‘Action,'” she added, “they would disperse, and I’d do my little walk, and they would all come and cover me up at the end. I just felt such love and female awesomeness in that moment. It’s something where I could have a very long and successful career, and never get to do that again. So there were a lot of amazing moments filming this.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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