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Happy Death Day puts a darkly humorous sci-fi spin on slasher conventions, with added edge courtesy of a starmaking performance from Jessica Rothe.
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On another level, Happy Death Day is a low-key celebration of cinema. Landon and Lobdell revel in how their story could only happen in the movies, piling on preposterous complications with self-aware glee.
Director Christopher Landon and screenwriter and comics veteran Scott Lobdell maintain modest tension and humor as they deliver tried-and-true genre standbys like loud music jump-scares, an unnaturally deserted hospital and red-herring suspects.
But the film doesn't just find a clever way to refresh a maybe-calcified genre. It also overturns some of the genre's more puritanical tendencies.
Happy Death Day is about 90 minutes long and, past the first half-hour, every minute is dumber than the one before it.
There's a spunky charm to the Scream-meets-Groundhog Day thing, and the film is well-built. The problem is its chipper message.
The movie is no big deal, but its Groundhog Day conceit is kind of irresistible, and the genre blend seems right for this age of women seeking stability and empowerment.
A great job in slapstick horror. It's a comedy. It's the return of the slasher genre. It's good filmmaking. [Full review in Spanish].
As fixes for reviving the slasher genre apart from "make them good again" go, this is actually a pretty ingenious one.
Happy Death Day does not reinvent the wheel when it comes to time loop films. However, it does shock the audience when it chooses to divert.
With a PG-13 rating, Happy Death Day... misses out on any semblance of gleeful violence. There's virtually no gore...and very little violence in general, especially for a movie about a girl repeatedly stabbed, shot, beat, and bludgeoned to death.
Happy Death Day is a fun romp that skirts cliches and keeps you guessing about the identity of the would-be killer until the very end.
It's fun, wickedly cheeky and ultimately entertaining. But, I wouldn't want to relive it again.
Surprised by how good this was. Truly horrible character that you kind of want to die (until you inevitably start to understand her, of course). It was funnier than I expected too and not taking itself seriously.
The idea is, of course, not the most original, but at least this is an effective combination of slasher and Groundhog Day that can be quite funny and entertaining, with nice twists, inspired deaths and a killing performance by Jessica Rothe to make it worth watching.
Okay, the conceit is not original. Harold Ramis' family probably wishes that their dad had copyrighted the idea of characters who keep reliving entire days over and over again as a cinematic vehicle and then charged them a percentage for the use of it. Pass that, the use of the conceit is not terrible. It's adequate. The young starlet plays her part well, as does the supporting cast. Only the box office will tell if we're watching the start of another tongue-in-cheek horror franchise.The store that sells the knives they always use in these movies will never go out of business. Ever.
Could have been so much more!
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