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Happy Death Day (2017)

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A college student must relive the day of her murder over and over again, in a loop that will end only when she discovers her killer's identity.

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Christopher Landon

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Scott Lobdell
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Rothe ... Tree Gelbman
Israel Broussard ... Carter Davis
Ruby Modine ... Lori Spengler
Charles Aitken ... Gregory Butler
Laura Clifton ... Stephanie Butler
Jason Bayle ... David Gelbman
Rob Mello ... John Tombs
Rachel Matthews ... Danielle Bouseman
Ramsey Anderson Ramsey Anderson ... Keith Lumbly
Brady Lewis Brady Lewis ... Frat Brother
Phi Vu ... Ryan Phan
Tenea Intriago ... Student Protester
Blaine Kern III ... Nick Sims
Cariella Smith ... Becky Shepard
Jimmy Gonzales ... Police Officer
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Storyline

A teenage girl, trying to enjoy her birthday, soon realizes that this is her final one. That is, if she can figure out who her killer is. She must relive that day, over and over again, dying in a different way each time. Can she solve her own murder?

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Unlimited amount of lives, unlimited amount of chances to find the killer See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence/terror, crude sexual content, language, some drug material and partial nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Half to Death See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,039,025, 15 October 2017

Gross USA:

$55,683,845

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$125,479,266
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Bayfield University Baby killer costume was designed by Tony Gardner, who also designed the Ghostface mask, the horror icon of the Scream franchise and which is a reworked version of the Father's Death Halloween costume. See more »

Goofs

No explanation is given for the cause of the time-loop. See more »

Quotes

[Tree storms into her room. She hastily starts packing her belongings]
Lori Spengler: She finally rolls in...
[Lori looks at Tree, puzzled]
Lori Spengler: Going somewhere?
Tree Gelbman: Yes. As far away as possible.
Lori Spengler: Tree, what's wrong?
Tree Gelbman: [continues packing] Me. I was wrong. I thought that if I stopped running that I could beat it. But it's never gonna stop.
Lori Spengler: Tree, you're freaking me out.
Tree Gelbman: Hello, that's me, a freak!
[Lori takes the cupcake, lights the candle, approaches Tree and hands her the cupcake]
[...]
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The Universal logo recursively appears 3 times as per the films theme. See more »

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Featured in The Month in Movies: February 2018 (2018) See more »

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Busy Day Birthday
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Performed by The Trak Kartel
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Expect the unexpected, and then expect the expected, and then the unexpected again
7 October 2017 | by kevschwallerSee all my reviews

I saw a pre-screening of Happy Death Day and let me tell you, it was one of the most fun theater experiences I've had. The movie doesn't take itself too seriously, which is definitely for the best. If anyone walks into a movie about a sorority girl living the same day over and over and being killed over and over and expects it to be some genre-defying horror perfection, that's on them.

However, that doesn't mean this is a bad movie by any means. Jessica Rothe as Tree Gelbman and Israel Broussard as Carter Davis are fantastic as the two leads. They have excellent chemistry and make us root for them. Rothe's character wasn't the typical horror movie sorority girl, either. She was cunning and badass. She made us believe she could actually figure this mess out. If you don't change your mind on who the killer is at least twice throughout the film, you aren't paying attention.

There are curveballs thrown left and right, which made my theater gasp and yell numerous times. You think the movie is about to end on at least two different occasions. The script is smart, there's horror, there's comedy, there's drama. Happy Death Day takes you in numerous directions, while also making sure you have fun along the way. This is definitely one of my all-time favorite campy horror flicks out there. It even pokes fun at Groundhog Day, which it very clearly took some inspiration from. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys horror; again, it doesn't redefine the genre and there are definitely an abundance of clichés. With that, though, there are still a handful of clever moments I certainly was not expecting.


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