Friday, September 29, 2017

Who Wants to See 'Happy Death Day' Next Friday the 13th?

I've just begun seeing commercials for this new horror movie coming out on Friday, October 13, 2017 (cue slasher music). Then today Universal Pictures was kind of enough to send me images and production details about the upcoming horror flick to share with you guys. So, are you ready?


The official film description from Universal Pictures is as follows:

"Blumhouse (Split, Get Out, Whiplash) produces an original and inventive rewinding thriller in Happy Death Day, in which college student Tree Gelbman (JESSICA ROTHE, La La Land) relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity.

Tree is a blissfully self-centered co-ed whose world revolves around just one person. When she hazily wakes up on the morning of her birthday in the bed of supposed one-night stand Carter (ISRAEL BROUSSARD, The Bling Ring), she soon discovers that today is anything but ordinary.

Stumbling back to her sorority—and into the expected judgment of roommate Lori (RUBY MODINE (TV’s Shameless) and house president Danielle (newcomer RACHEL MATTHEWS)—Tree rushes through the routine of an average student. But as she experiences everything from the typical activists on the quad to her office-hours fling with professor Gregory (CHARLES AITKEN of TV’s The Knick), she can’t help but feel that she has seen and lived this day before.

Just when Tree is ready to say goodnight to this bizarre birthday, she is brutally murdered by a masked stranger…only to wake up back in the room of the one person alive who also believes she’s experiencing something eerily impossible.

As Tree daily finds herself daily getting closer to her real killer, she must shed her inhibitions in order to face everyone’s biggest fear. If she succeeds in unmasking her murderer and stopping this madness, she will hopefully end what has become her personal hell. If she can’t, she will be stuck in an insane loop, reliving a ghoulish nightmare that has become her death day."

Cast and Credits

I am not giving you all the goods on everyone who is in the film or participated in it because my left hand will cramp up on me if I did that. So, I will give the main details here.


Jessica Rothe as Tree Gelbman
Israel Broussard as Carter Davis
Ruby Modine (from Showtime's Shameless) as Lori Spengler
Charles Aitken as Gregory Butler
Laura Clifton as Stephanie Butler
Jason Bayle as David Gelbman

Written by

Scott Lobdell

Directed by

Christopher Landon

Produced by

Jason Blum

Executive Producers

Angela Mancuso
John Baldecchi
Couper Samuelson
Jeanette Volturno
Seth William Meier

My Initial Thoughts Without Seeing the Film

The premise of Happy Death Day feels very familiar. It reminds me of Bill Murray's Groundhog Day. With this being in the horror genre, this is more of a Dark Groundhog Day. Judging from the mask the killer wears, this is not going to be an overly dramatic horror film. It very well may have some good comedic moments. It is hard to take a killer wearing what looks like baby's/cupid's face seriously. I think I will give this movie a go. I am hoping it will be clever with the humor like Cabin in the Woods was.

Images from Happy Death Day

Image Credit: Universal Pictures via; All Rights Reserved