Sunday, October 18, 2020

Spook Out! Day 18 ~ Happy Death Day (2017)

Amazon Says...
"A woman relives the day of her murder over and over in this slasher twist on 'Groundhog Day'."

I Say...
^Nailed it!

Horror Type...
Slasher, Horror Comedy

Main Players...
Jessica Rothe as Theresa "Tree" Gelbman (BirthDeathday Girl)
Israel Broussard as Carter Davis (Stand-Up Guy)
Ruby Modine as Lori Spengler (Baker Roommate)

I liked...
  • Jessica Rothe's work in this--she carried the whole thing like a BOSS and seemed to have a really great time doing it. Go on with your bad self, girl!
  • how the humor played out, without cheesing things up
  • how Tree starts off as unlikable but we grow to care about as she grows (even if she has to die a few times to do it)
  • the puzzling aspect of trying to identify the killer(s???)
  • that, unlike in Groundhog Day, each re-lived day (specifically, being murdered each day) took a physical toll on Tree, which lent some urgency to the need to solve the time-loop problem
  • how grief was explored, without being heavy-handed

The Meh...
The Who was interesting but the Why was kinda flimsy--it meant earlier bits didn't make too much sense, but then, it's not that heady a movie, if you know what I mean.

Would I recommend it...?
Yeah, man, this comedy-mystery-horror-romp is loads of fun! You can sink right into it for your Halloween kicks and still get to sleep easily. (Probably.) Mild jump scares only, and the death-scenes aren't really gory (or even shown in great detail, from what I recall). It may be a bit too light on the scares for hardcore horror fans, tho.

The director, Christopher Landon, is one of (the late) Michael Landon's sons. (Yes, Pa-Ingalls-Michael-Landon!). AND bitch sorority sister, played by Rachel Matthews, is one of Michael Landon's grandchildren!

My Grade: B+
Rotten Tomatoes Scores: Tomatometer=71%, Audience Score=66%

Details, Schmeetails...
I Watched Happy Death Day on Amazon (the Rotten Tomatoes page linked above provides links to other streaming platforms)

This concludes Day 18 of

Thanks for reading and come back tomorrow...



  1. I may cough up the rental to see this one (is nothing free on Amazon anymore?).

    1. Stuff changes on Amazon often--this could become a free thing over time...

    2. But you can also check the rotten tomatoes page i linked (or google it) to see what other streaming platforms are hosting it--they might run a deal or special on it, as well.


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