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Happy Death Day (2017)

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A college student relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer's identity.

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Carter Davis
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Lori Spengler
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Gregory Butler
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Stephanie Butler
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David Gelbman
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Joseph Tombs
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Danielle Bouseman
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Keith Lumbly
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Ryan Phan
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Nick Sims
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Becky Shepard
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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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Get Up. Live Your Day. Get Killed. Again.


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

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$4,800,000 (estimated)

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AUD 1,422,262 (Australia) (15 October 2017)
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The film initially had Megan Fox to portray Tree Gelbman when entitled Half to Death and produced by Michael Bay. See more »

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Tree Gelbman: [to Carter] Would you stop looking at me like I just took a dump on your mom's head?
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Smart horror with depth and levels
16 October 2017 | by (Christchurch, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

I'm starting to see a trend develop in modern horror movies (the good ones at least) and I really like it. Film makers are beginning to realise that for horror to work there has to be some different levels to the film. 90 minutes of watching people get killed isn't going to be able to cut it anymore. You have to be able to make the audience laugh, think and even move them emotionally. If you can do that then your film will be a success. Earlier this year 'Get Out' pulled it off and now 'Happy Death Day' has nailed it too.

When the opening logos featured a joke (literally in the first few seconds of the film) I thought I may have misread the tone of the film in the trailers. Turns out I had, but in a good way. It wasn't an indication that the film was to be a laugh-fest, simply that it had that layer to it. And the thing about the layers that the film possesses it that every one of them works. Whatever it tries to pull off it manages.

The twists and turns and how crafty it is about concealing them truly blew me away. At least three times I thought to myself such and such element would be better if they'd done so and so, only to later find out they did indeed have that up their sleeve the whole time. The film is incredibly smart.

I can't say enough good things about this film. The trailers won't give a fair indication to people of what this film is truly capable of, and so sadly I fear many who would love it will not get around to seeing it. If you get the chance though please do see it. It's a fantastic film and you won't be disappointed.


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