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Happy Death Day is a 2017 American black comedy slasher film directed by Christopher Landon, and written by Scott Lobdell. It stars Jessica Rothe and Israel Broussard. The film was produced by Jason Blum through his Blumhouse Productions banner, in association with Digital Riot Media and Vesuvius Productions. It follows a college student who is murdered on the night of her birthday and begins reliving the day repeatedly, at which point she sets out to find the killer and stop her death.
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Tree immediately wakes up back in Carter's bed, and is unnerved to find the previous day's events repeating themselves. Baffled, she relives the day, this time avoiding the tunnel and reaching the party. However, the masked killer follows her and murders her again. Tree again wakes up in Carter's bed, realizes she is in a time loop, and barricades herself in her room to avoid death. The killer, already hiding inside, murders her a third time.
Waking up, Tree explains the events to Carter. He suggests taking advantage of the loop to identify her killer. She spends the next several iterations trailing people she considers suspects but is killed each time. After waking from a loop where she is bludgeoned, Tree faints and awakens in the campus hospital. Her body shows evidence of recovery from multiple traumatic injuries, indicating she has retained physical damage from her previous deaths. When the killer shows up, Tree escapes the hospital in Gregory's car, only to be pursued and killed again.
Back in Carter's bed, Tree convinces him of her predicament by demonstrating her knowledge of the day's events. Tree admits to harboring tremendous self-loathing, particularly from pushing away her father after the death of her mother three years ago. Tree sees a local news report on John Tombs, a serial killer being held at the campus hospital. Concluding that Tombs is her killer, Tree rushes to the hospital to warn of his escape. Tombs breaks free and nearly kills Tree, but Carter follows and rescues her. Tombs kills Carter before chasing Tree to a nearby bell tower, where she subdues him with a crowbar. Before delivering a fatal blow, she realizes that if she kills Tombs and ends the loop, Carter will remain dead forever. She runs to the top of the tower and hangs herself from the bell rope.
Tree wakes up still in the loop. Horrified, she returns to her room with the intent to run away, where Lori offers her the cupcake again. Tree realizes the previous loop was the only time she had ever eaten the cupcake, and she had died in her sleep. Tree realizes Lori is her true killer. Lori had poisoned the cupcake, but when Tree failed to eat it, Lori used her job as a nurse at the hospital to frame Tombs for Tree's murder. Tree threatens to take the cupcake to the police, but Lori attacks her. Lori admits to also having an affair with Dr. Butler, whose preference for Tree drove Lori mad with jealousy. In the ensuing fight, Tree stuffs the poisoned cupcake in Lori's mouth, then kicks her out of a second-story window to her death.
Filming took place at and around Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and it lasted 5 weeks. The scenes where Tree awakens in Carter's bed after her death were filmed back to back in a span of two days. The scene after Tree pushes Lori out of the window was supposed to be at the sorority house, but the filming permit was over before production was able to shoot there, forcing the location to be changed into a Los Angeles diner also featured in another Blumhouse production, Split.
Caught in a bizarre and terrifying time warp, college student Tree finds herself repeatedly reliving the day of her murder, ultimately realizing that she must identify the killer and the reason for her death before her chances of survival run out.
Parents need to know that Happy Death Day is a slasher movie with fantasy and comedy overtones. The main character (Jessica Rothe) is stuck in a time loop, à la Groundhog Day, suffering a violent death over and over again until she figures out how to break the cycle. Considering the movie's premise and genre, the violence is actually on the milder side. Stabbings happen offscreen, but blood is shown on knife blades, and there's a brief spatter when a character falls from a high window. Characters are also hit with blunt objects and run over by a car. There's also some racy content. Sex among college students is spoken of, though not shown. But a male college student is shown preparing to masturbate to porn (there's a computer image of two men kissing), and a young woman walks naked through the quad (nothing graphic shown). Characters also kiss, and the main character has a short-lived affair with a teacher. Language includes a use of "f--k," plus "s--t," "p---y," "a--hole," and more. Teens talk about drinking and being drunk, but no one is shown drinking. The movie is gleefully aware of its silliness and could be a strong draw for teens; luckily, there's an underlying message about thinking about others instead of just yourself.
Tree woke up the next morning back in Carter's bed with the previous day's events repeating. Unnerved, she relived the day and avoided the tunnel, instead of heading to a fraternity house for a surprise party. However, while hooking up with her classmate Nick Sims, the masked killer murdered him before killing Tree once more. Tree realized she was in a time loop and tried to avoid her death by barricading herself in her room. However, she was murdered again when the killer hid in her bathroom.
During the next loop, she relayed her story to Carter, who suggested that she take advantage of the loop in order to figure out who her killer is. She spent the next loops trailing several suspected classmates, all of which ended in her death as she was stalking the current suspect.
On the next loop after being bludgeoned by a baseball bat from her previous death, Tree passed out shortly after waking up. She awakened in the hospital where she learned she has retained damage from her other murders. Tree escaped the hospital room only to be chased by her killer until she managed to flee in Butler's car. While driving, she is pulled over by a police officer and volunteers to be arrested in order to be spared. However, the killer ran down the officer and set her car on fire, burning Tree to death and sending her through another loop.
During the next loop, Tree went around righting the various wrongs she has caused, ending her affair with Dr. Butler, finally meeting with her dad to resolve her inner grief, and resolving to be a kinder person. That night, she prepared to stop Tombs. He managed to get the upper hand on her until Tree utilized a campus-wide blackout that occurred during her loops to disarm him and shoot him to death. Relieved to finally be free, she celebrated her birthday in Carter's room and ate the cupcake given to her by Lori.
However, the next morning Tree woke up again on her birthday. Confused and distraught over the fact that killing Tombs did not stop the time loops, Tree returned to her room in order to run away, where Lori offered the cupcake again. Tree realized that she had died in her sleep, and also noted that this was the only time she had ever eaten the cupcake. Tree realized Lori is the true killer; Lori had poisoned the cupcake, but when Tree did not eat it, she utilized her job in the hospital to frame Tombs for Tree's murder. Lori confessed she was angry that Dr. Butler had shown interest in Tree over her before the two fight. Tree managed to stuff the cupcake into Lori's mouth before kicking her out of a window, sending her falling to her death.
After getting over the initial surprise, confusion and anger of their situations, both Phil and Tree accept the predicament and even start to enjoy it. Phil orders everything off the local diner menu and takes a groundhog for a joy ride, while Tree takes a stroll through the quad naked. (Unlike Phil, she finds that those multiple deaths take a toll on her physically as the days add up.)
Happy Death Day was such a box office success that it spawned a sequel only two years later. Contrary to its mournful title, the black comedy slasher film has enjoyed positive reviews from critics and audiences alike. But although the 2017 film already celebrated its success, the 2019 sequel fell short and failed to live up to the legacy of the first, garnering box office revenue far below what the first film earned. Its underwhelming gross earnings could cause the death of the franchise, and the director revealed that the chances for the third installment are slim at this point.
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