[Review] Happy Death Day (2017)

Happy Death Day 1

‘Will you please stop staring at me like a took a dump on your mum’s head.’ 

Now we’re a little late to the party with the review for this one, BUT we did see this when it came out in the cinema, and now finally writing a review so we’re ready for our valentine cinema trip to see Happy Death Day 2U (2019)! (I’ll link the review to the sequel once we have seen and written it!).

This one surprised us, we saw two films in one night, this one was going to be just a tick box and we thought that Jigsaw (2017) was going to be the star of the evening. Oh, how wrong we were. Happy Death Day  is a surprising gem, a really great combination of horror and comedy, we could not stop laughing in the cinema, much to the disapproval of the rest of the audience. And quite shamefully, we really do love ‘teen horrors.’ Lou and I definitely ‘got’ this film.

We follow a potentially ‘slaggy’ college student, Tree Gelbman played by Jessica Rothe, after she wakes up in dorm room with a guy she met the night before. It continues through her day to the point of her death. No, this isn’t a spoiler, we all know she dies over and over again, following the premise of ‘Groundhog Day.’ We then continue to watch slightly varying versions of her death each time she re-lives the day depending on what decisions she has made.

At first, Tree (Jessica Rothe) absolutely annoyed me, I wasn’t sure how much more of the film I could handle with in it! But I realised that’s exactly how we were meant to feel, I grew to really like her and felt quite empathetic towards her. In among the comedic deaths we see a character development, a young girl mourning the loss of her mum and navigating the complexities of being a young adult at college with all the booze and parties in an all girls’ sorority. Really, Tree is just trying to find her identity and figuring out who she can trust along the way. At least she has a repetitive day to try and figure this out.

Happy Death Day doesn’t get boring, this isn’t just a coming of age film, it’s got lots of death, comedy and more suspense than I thought there would be, with great variety and tension.  Tree’s deaths vary each time, one in which is death by bong, absolute jokes. There’s even a cute little love story for all those mushy people out there. This film does have everything.

To be honest, I got a lot more caught up in trying to figure out why she was re-living the day over and over again and how she was going to continue to convince those closest to her what was going on and what she had to figure out. I completely forgot to try and figure out who her murderer was. This is really unlike me, so kudos to this film for making me follow the story line step by step, without trying to predict and jump too far ahead, the ending isn’t the easiest to predict!

There are some great one liners in this film, we spent far too long laughing at a number of them. Make sure you’re with someone who gets the humour of this film when you watch, it makes it so much better! Overall, this film was great. Although it’s in the horror genre, I would say its a lot more accessible to mainstream people who don’t have a penchant for horror and the true depths of it. I really do applaud this film and urge you to see it before the next one comes out!

Overall rating 7/10

Rating indicators (out of 5! 🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡)

Gore                🤡

Suspense        🤡🤡

Hilarity           🤡🤡🤡🤡

Engagement   🤡🤡🤡🤡

Obscurity  🤡🤡

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