Hola Dannie aqui!
Happily introducing the newest addition to our entertainment media militia, BurtGumerClone! He is here reporting from his underground bunker about the new dark comedy slasher horror romp "Happy Death Day"! The trailer I included at the bottom for any of you who missed it!
Greetings and salutations from BurtGumerClone,
I would like to share my take on the new horror film released "HAPPY DEATH DAY."
Ever since I first saw the trailer to "Happy Death Day", a perfect example of how to do a unique twist of mixing "Groundhog's Day" with stabby slasher movies... They had me the second I watched the trailer, there was no way I wasn't going to buy a ticket.
Now I'd be lying if I said I went into this thinking this would be as good as it turned out to be. The overriding question that was burning in my mind, was on if the storyteller would be able to sustain tension and flow of the movie, without boring the audience.
Let's face it, most movies fail at this. But the surprising fact is they did it! Completely held my interest all the way through; in short it's a hell of a Halloween movie, but I digress let me go to the breakdown.
From the main protagonist to every single secondary character in the film they all uniquely felt real. Again not something that's easy to do, and isn't done on most films, especially the modern horror genre. The entire premise and setup of the film is done in such a way that it never becomes boring and it never seems to really repeat everything to the point of annoyance, with subtle variations the writer was able to maintain the flow. I was quite pleased that they managed to do this as a unique twist in the film. To my happy suprise they didn't skimp/shirk from the fact that it's similar to Groundhog's Day, as it at least gets mentioned in the film once.
Nice to see the filmmaker did not shy away from the inspirational source.
In the films trailer it's often hinted that the protagonist has unlimited lives to uncover their murderer.
Bit of spoiler here, but during the film you learn that's not quite accurate as the damage continues to accumulate in the hero's body and she soon realizes that she does not have an unlimited amount of lives to spend to try to solve this whole deal.
Of course the hero's journey includes the self revelation that she may or may not be that good of a person, and so she tries to respond to what few remaining lives or repeats she has left, at least trying to make amends a la Groundhog's day.
Without stepping into more spoiler areas I can say that you will enjoy the path of this film takes, provided of course if you're a fan of horror with a little bit of comedy and dark humor mixed in. If that's your cup of tea then this is your film.
And you'll see it's hard to predict what happens to the main character as much as you think you might know either from previous films of the similar genre, or just through watching what's happening over and over, thinking you know what's going to happen.
Much like in Groundhog's Day you never actually learn why her day repeats, but to be honest it's not really that important to the story it does not lessen the film at all.
One of the great aspects I have to report on is after the first attack/death of the main character, from that time forward she was fighting back.
This is not a helpless Damsel in Distress this is a woman that's on a mission to survive!
It's also a welcome sight to see they didn't dumb her down or make her less of a character, they fully fleshed out her entire arc and for that I'm very pleased.
So, that's all i have for you guys. Go see "Happy Death Day" today! Enjoy it for what it is; a really damn good Halloween movie.
...oh and a little bit of advice, don't eat any birthday cupcakes, its unhealthy for you....
Glad to hear you loved it BurtGumerClone! Also very thankful to have your voice on AICN, much love and you have convinced me this is actually worth the price of admission! If not I'm sending a Graboid your way!
Stay Strong, Live Good, Love Movies!
Dannie aka Pekosa Peligrosa