By Darlene Leal
Happy Death Day is a groundhog day movie that is presented as a horror movie but ends up being more of a college set comedy.
Happy Death Day is really scattered. It has various small plots within the big picture that could potentially distract and detour from the original focus, Tree being repeatedly murdered on her birthday.
Which leads to the next point, the movie was advertised as a horror movie but the overall movie seemed to miss that element completely. There were no psychological scares, had limited gore, and weak jump scares. There was more laughing within the crowd than anything else. It felt like watching a mix of groundhog day and mean girls with a killer masked with a creepy baby face.
The movie was very self-aware of its repetitiveness. It made references and poked fun at the time loop genre. The only reference to horror was the recurring tropes in all slasher movies: running back into the house, locking yourself in the house, not checking all rooms/closets, and being a sitting duck for the killer. Tree, played by Jessica Rothe, was the more enjoyable and standout character. Tree starts off as the typical “b***h” sorority archetype, but once she consistently dies she has a change of heart and attitude. She’s charming with her wit and she’s played in such a tongue and cheek manner that is quite entertaining.
Also, not once was 50 Cent’s “In da club” song played in the movie. That commercial was a complete lie. Instead, what played was some generic annoying ringtone that was endured every time Tree was brought back to life. So, there’s that to look forward to!
Overall, entertaining as a light-hearted comedy, but not as a horror film.
3 out of 5 torches