Happy Death Day


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What would you do if you found yourself repeatedly re-experiencing your own murder? It’s a compelling premise, but in answering that question, Happy Death Day aims less at horror devotees and more at teenagers. As a result, the movie offers sufficient surface pleasures, while a deeper, darker satisfaction remains elusive.

Jessica Rothe (La La Land) stars as Tree, the insensitive sorority girl trapped in this morbid variation on Groundhog Day. After being killed by a baby-masked attacker, she then wakes up and faces that same day again… and again, suffering a different demise each time.

It maintains tension and humour despite the jump-scares, an unnaturally deserted hospital and red-herring suspects. And Rothe is appealing enough to engage us in her plight, while the final resolution is satisfyingly clever. Still, it’s unlikely that anyone over 15 will find this a viewing experience they’ll want to repeat. Michael Gingold

The bottom line
A very gory version of Groundhog Day. Really.

By Time Out Dubai staff
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

Happy Death Day

  • Duration: 96
  • Released: Thu, 26 Oct
  • Language: English
  • Director: Christopher Landon
  • Stars: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine

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