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Film Review: Happy Death Day


Film Review: Happy Death Day

Erin Gear

We’ve celebrated birthdays, we’ve even celebrated un-birthdays, but we’ve never celebrated death days. Happy Death Day has brought a Scream meets Groundhog Day slasher comedy, which is sure to having you jumping, laughing and screaming. The epitome of a popcorn slasher, Happy Death Day is the perfect date night movie. While it is a murder mystery, it is not a psychological thriller, which demands your unwavering attention. If you're looking for a fun night out at the cinema, Happy Death Day should most definitely be your go-to film.

The film has a cast you will be unfamiliar with, however, after Happy Death Day I’m sure you’ll be seeing a lot more of these breakout stars. 

Jessica Rothe plays the lead as Tree Gelbman, and no that’s not short for anything - she obviously had alternative parents! The film follows her life over the period of 24 hours, in true Groundhog Day style, as she tries to solve her own murder each time before it happens again. Israel Broussard - who you’re sure to fall in love with - plays the adorably sweet ‘nice guy’ (or potential love interest), Carter Davis. If he looks familiar, that’s because he starred alongside Emma Watson in her drama biography The Bling Ring. 

In many respects as well, Happy Death Day has some classic Mean Girls moments, which has achieved cult-classic status. Set in a sorority at Bayview University, Happy Death Day has all the cattiness and drama you would expect. Watch as Tree goes from that basic bitch party girl to a self-aware, and selfless woman. The whodunit slasher is bound to have you on the edge of your seats, as you try to figure out who the murderer is before the film ends. 

The only thing I can say is move over Scream, because Happy Death Day may have just beat you at your own game - or at least reinvented the slasher genre for modern times. Happy Death Day is in cinemas now, so be sure to see it before spoilers are bound to take over the internet!

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