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As con­cepts for a hor­ror movie go, Ground­hog Day-meets-Scream is up there with the most tan­ta­lis­ing in re­cent years.

That’s the en­tic­ing premise served up by Happy Death Day as Jes­sica Rothe’s teenager Tree Gelb­man must en­dure the worst birth­day ever; re­liv­ing the day of her mur­der at the hands of a masked killer over and over again.

Direc­tor Christopher Lan­don’s pre­vi­ous two genre ef­forts – Scouts Guide to the Zom­bie Apoc­a­lypse and Para­nor­mal Ac­tiv­ity: The Marked Ones – left a lot to be de­sired, but the Cal­i­for­nian shows a surer hand be­hind the cam­era this time around.

Work­ing from a script from Scott Lob­dell – whose only pre­vi­ous big screen work was on lit­tle-seen 2005 comedy Man of the House – Lan­don has cre­ated a nasty-but-fun lit­tle hor­ror that doesn’t rein­vent the wheel but de­liv­ers a healthy dose of scares and gig­gles.

If blood and gore is your thing, though, then best hold off un­til Jig­saw’s re­turn to cinemas this week­end as Happy Death Day con­cen­trates more on mys­tery than may­hem.

There are more sus­pects than even Her­cule Poirot could cope with as Tree’s ex-boyfriend Tim (Caleb Spill­yards), room­mate Lori (Ruby Mo­dine) and pro­fes­sor Gregory (Charles Aitken), along with in-cus­tody se­rial killer Joseph Tombs (Rob Mello), are among those in the frame for her mul­ti­ple mur­der.

On re­peatJes­sica Rothe’s Tree re­lives her mur­der ev­ery day

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