Directed by: Christopher B. Landon | Produced by: Jason Blum | Written by: Scott Lobdell | Starring: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine | Music by: Bear McCreary | Cinematography: Toby Oliver | Edited by: Gregory Plotkin | Production Company: Blumhouse Production | Distributed by: Universal Pictures | Official Website
If you remember Groundhog Day (1993) where Bill Murray’s character trapped in time loop so he keeps on repeating that one day, or Edge of Tomorrow (2014) where Tom Cruise also keeps on dying and then wake up on the same day, then the premise of Happy Death Day is similar to those movies. One special thing is, that premise is then be joined by the premise of Scream (1996) where you have a mysterious killer wearing mask. Even if it sounds like a good idea, it turns out not.
Meet our victim Theresa “Tree” Gelbman, a sorority girl who repeating her birthday, the same event on that day, where she ends up being killed by a killer wearing Baby Mask and wake up on Carter (Israel Broussard)’s bed again. She tries to figure out what actually happens and what would end the loop. She tries to be a nice girl, change her bad behavior but it still ends up in another murder. When she finds out a serial killer is now hospitalized and that killer is owning the Baby Mask, she thinks she could end the loop by getting rid of him. However, it doesn’t, and she needs to think of another possibility.
While Groundhog Day is more contemplative and Scream remains one of the most memorable slasher movie ever, Happy Death Day falls into nothing. It makes us as confused as Tree about what was happened in this movie. If it wants to be a horror movie like Scream, it lacks of slashing and jumping moments. If it wants to be another movie that has Time Loop story, it contains too many plot holes. For example, on one scene we see Tree makes a list of suspect and eliminates it one by one. How can that list even possible to still exist while we know Tree is repeating another loop?
Happy Death Day also lacks on strong protagonist that should be existed in every slasher horror. If Scream has Sydney Prescott, Happy Death Day only gives us Tree Gelbman, whom hardly to say charming and sympathetic. Tree Gelbman is arrogant, messy, such typical of mean sorority girl. We can find almost no reason why we should sympathize this girl for being killed several times. For this one reason, we should thank Jessica Rothe for portraying Tree in such a way within those all terrible writings. It’s even barely believed that a producer of this year’s stellar Get Out (2017) create something like this.
The one and only thing Happy Death Day do right. The killer is nearly unpredictable. Not shocking though, but still unpredictable, and that where my 6.4 point goes for this movie.