Sk­il­ful slasher a real scream

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This is mostly down to Tree start­ing out as an odi­ous char­ac­ter whose done wrong to vir­tu­ally ev­ery­one she’s come into con­tact with; a con­cept that could have left you will­ing her to get killed in all sorts of dif­fer­ent ways.

Thank­fully, Rothe (La La Land) evolves as her char­ac­ter be­comes more ter­ri­fied and in­fu­ri­ated and takes solv­ing the mys­tery of her death by the horns to fin­ish up as a scream queen wor­thy of com­par­i­son with some of hor­ror’s best.

How­ever, while Ground­hog Day and even the sim­i­larly-themed sci-fi Edge of To­mor­row made good use of its re­cur­ring day theme, and never made it out­stay its wel­come by keep­ing things fresh, Lan­don and Lob­dell strug­gle to fill the 95-minute run­ning time.

Cer­tain scenes be­long on the cut­ting room floor and the slasher flick tropes are overused to the point of parody.

Lan­don’s most clever film­ing de­vice is to sur­prise the viewer by shoot­ing pre­vi­ously seen lo­ca­tions and props from dif­fer­ent an­gles, mean­ing an abil­ity to shock and sur­prise even the most pre­pared cin­ema­goer.

The killer him/her­self, how­ever, could’ve done with a creepier mask; the baby face get-up won’t be re­mem­bered in the same breath as Michael My­ers, Ja­son or Ghost­face’s iconic looks.

If you pre­fer Hal­lowe’en chills to thrills then there are much scarier of­fer­ings to watch through your fin­gers than Happy Death Day.

But if fresh, fierce fun and left-turns are more up your Elm Street, then this is def­i­nitely the hor­ror film for you.

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