[Review] Happy Death Day (2018)

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“No!  No!  No!  Don’t sell me that horse(bleep)!  That was SUCH a good movie!”  Yes, this was my reaction after watching Blumhouse’s Happy Death Day.  I can’t remember the last movie I watched that I absolutely loved until the last 5 minutes, but that’s exactly what happened here.  Happy Death Day, starring Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, and Ruby Modine, is a fun/thrilling take on Groundhog Day (the movie starring Bill Murray).  The premise is Tree (her name is Theresa but she goes by Tree) keeps waking up in the same dorm room and reliving the same day over and over again, only to end her day getting killed.  Once she gets killed, she wakes back up in the same dorm room and it starts all over again.  Her goal in this whole thing is to figure out who exactly killed her…..and I will get back to this later, but please keep in mind the premise I just laid out.  She has to figure out who KILLED her.

sz6 I absolutely loved the lightheartedness of this movie.  I saw it as kind of tongue-in-cheek and enjoyed it for what it was.  Throughout the movie, it seemed to transform more into comedy than horror, as Tree decided to just keep getting killed on purpose to cross suspects off her list.  There is an air of hope that hangs over this movie, because as Tree goes through death after death, she starts becoming a better person and treating those around her better.  You start to see the character evolve as a human being, which came into play late in the movie when she realizes she has to sacrifice her search for truth in order to save someone she starts to care about.  What started out as a whodunnit evolved into a mean girl gone good, which would usually turn me off cause I don’t like my horror movies to have happy go lucky endings.  However, I really enjoyed the ride we go on with Tree and the twists and turns that come along with that.

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Ok so now we get back to the ending, which frustrated me very much, but not for reasons people may think.  I would’ve been ok with it ending the way it did under normal circumstances.  I can live with the “happily ever after” ending, but go back to what I said about the premise, and Tree’s ultimate goal in this whole movie.  They never explain up front what would happen if she figured out who her killer was, which is why I found myself yelling at the TV as the end credits rolled.  Here’s my problem….even if you figure out who killed you, they still killed you!  YOU.  ARE.  STILL.  DEAD!!!  If I get shot from behind and, in my purgatory have to figure out who killed me, figuring it out doesn’t bring me back to life!  If I’m alive, then no one killed me!  This is what happens at the end of the movie.  Tree figures out who killed her (I won’t spoil it and say who the killer was) and as a result of that, she somehow stops it from happening again and gets to live happily ever after with the new man in her life.  Umm…..NO!  Sorry Tree, YOU ARE STILL DEAD!  I’m not letting this go, I don’t care what anyone says.  Yes I realize I’m being a hypocrite.  I know I said to sit back and enjoy this movie for what it was and now I’m overanalyzing the last five minutes.  I don’t care….Tree is still dead!  Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Tree and Jessica Rothe played this character beautifully.  I think her comedic and scare timing is amazing, so this has nothing to do with that.  For some reason, that one little wrinkle will continue to be a fly in my ointment!

Now that I’m off my soapbox and have calmed down, I can wrap this up.  By the way, in case I haven’t said it, Tree is still dead!  Ok *whew* that was the last one, it’s out of my system now.  I actually loved this movie and will be buying it when it comes out on Blu Ray, most likely to yell at the ending all over again.  I definitely recommend Happy Death Day, it’s a fun horror movie.

SLASHER ZONE RATING: **** 4 out of 5 stars (You lose a star for not keeping Tree dead!)

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