Happy Death Day (2017) - Christopher Landon

73/100

A Creative and fun horror movie that will definitely entertain!

Director: Christopher B. Landon
Producer: Jason Blum
Writer: Scott Lobdell
Starring: Jessica Rothe and Israel Broussard
Studios: Blumhouse Productions and Universal Pictures
Release date: October 13, 2017
Country: United States
Budget: $4.8 million
Box office: $122.6 million

Happy Death Day is horror-comedy from Blumhouse Productions and director, Christopher Landon. He is known for writing Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse and Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. The movie stars newcomers, Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, and Ruby Modine. It was released by Universal Pictures on October 13th, 2017 to positive reviews that praised the originality of the story. This is a really fun movie that pushes the boundaries of the PG-13 rating.

Tree is a young, stuck-up college student, that's housing some depressive social issues. To say that she doesn't make the best decisions is true. She goes on irresponsible drinking binges, disregards general kindness from everyone, and is having an affair with her married professor. However, one night Tree is stalked and killed only to wake up instantly back in her dorm. The day restarting forcing Tree to relive the day she is murdered in an endless loop. Can she get out of it?

This movie began as Half to Death, a vehicle for Megan Fox that would be directed by Michael Bay. That would have been… interesting. I could imagine Tree would have been killed in an elaborate explosion. Engulfed in a fireball. I am so glad it didn’t go that way. It was picked up by Jason Blum and given a tongue-in-cheek rewrite. Jessica Rothe was brought on and she did an amazing job.

Happy Death Day is a really well done brisk horror film that fits right in with the 31 Movies of Halloween. The humor and violence make it one of the better PG-13 features in a long while. It’s a movie that feels similar to teen-slashers like Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer. And although it doesn’t have the same violence or tone as those features, it still finds a way to deliver a well made, clever slasher. This comes highly recommended.