HAPPY DEATH DAY is fun, hip & refreshing!
Admittedly, I'm not the eager, trailer-seeking movie nerd that I was back in my teens, so my first exposure to any HDD related came when I saw the trailer play before 2017's It. I knew right away that HDD was right up my alley. It came across as Groundhog's Day meets, well, any '90s teen slasher. I was excited, to say the least.
Now I need to talk about the film's star, Jessica Rothe, for a moment. Initially, she isn't very likable -- sort of a bitch who needs to die in a movie like this. And that's what happens. She isn't a nice person at all, but much like Groundhog's Day, through reliving the same day over and over again, with the end result always being death, her character is forced to take an honest look in the mirror...and she realizes that changes must be made.
We do, however, see that all these "deaths" are taking their toll on her body, leaving injuries and scar tissue under her skin. This is where the plot gets interesting...when she, and we, realize that she doesn't have infinite lives and the clock is ticking.
The killer, dressed in all black and wearing a baby mask (school mascot), is unnervingly menacing. One of the better slasher villains in some time.
You may find some of the movie a bit predictable, like me, but it works for the story because there are plenty of third-act twists that will make you second guess yourself.
What did you think of HDD? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
One more thing...did you find Tree's birthday ringtone highly catchy? I did...and here you go...