Thriller - This is not a straightforward horror film as some might expect, but a
dark comedy spin on a youth slasher movie that borrows the chief time
loop conceit of Groundhog Day. There are no known names in
the cast. While the film is rated PG-13, there are still some
intense moments of violence, language, and some sexuality and
suggestive humor that makes the film not for kids.
PROFANITY: 1 F-word; 11 S-words; many others. SEX/NUDITY: A glimpse of two men kissing; implied but unseen masturbation. VIOLENCE: Fights, stabbings, killings with little visible blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol. ACTION: Foot chases and fights. COMEDY: Banter, wisecracks, sight gags, often dark.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average ... because Happy Death Day rewards lazy, inattentive viewing, it will probably do quite well with young audiences who prefer not to be challenged by unconventional narrative developments or plots that require introspection and analysis. This is yet another example of why chilling, thoughtful horror is an endangered species.
Roger EbertFull Review Average ...it doesn't come together in a satisfying way like "Scream” or the other great meta movies that played with audience expectations. It's more of a "huh, ok” than a "wow,” and actually borders on a "wait, that doesn't make sense.”
Slant MagazineFull Review Above Average Happy Death Day twists the inherent repetitiveness of slashers to its advantage by exaggerating it to an impossible degree. There may be a lot of killing in Happy Death Day, but in the end, (almost) no one gets hurt.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 5 moviegoers:
Unfortunately, this isn't a movie our volunteer opinions collectors wanted to see so we were able to only collect reviews from one showing of this movie. The 3 adult females all enjoyed it very much or even loved it. Strangely enough, the two teens only rated it "average."
College student Tree Gelbman
(JESSICA ROTHE) relives the day of her murder with both its
unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer's
Tree is a blissfully self-centered co-ed whose world revolves around just one
person. When she hazily wakes up on the morning of her birthday in the bed of
supposed one-night stand Carter (ISRAEL BROUSSARD), she soon
discovers that today is anything but ordinary.
Stumbling back to her sorority-and into the expected judgment of roommate Lori
(RUBY MODINE) and house president Danielle (newcomer RACHEL
MATTHEWS)-Tree rushes through the routine of an average student. But as she
experiences everything from the typical activists on the quad to her
office-hours fling with professor Gregory (CHARLES AITKEN),
she can't help but feel that she has seen and lived this day before.
Just when Tree is ready to say goodnight to this bizarre birthday, she is
brutally murdered by a masked stranger...only to wake up back in the room of the
one person alive who also believes she's experiencing something eerily
As Tree daily finds herself daily getting closer to her real killer, she must
shed her inhibitions in order to face everyone's biggest fear. If she succeeds
in unmasking her murderer and stopping this madness, she will hopefully end what
has become her personal hell. If she can't, she will be stuck in an insane loop,
reliving a ghoulish nightmare that has become her death day.