It’s practically tradition here in the U.S. that on Friday the 13th, horror films make their debut. Happy Death Day, a Blumhouse Productions film (Get Out, The Purge, The Visit), is the latest blood-fest to get an Oct. 13 release date.
Listen, I love horror as much as the next fan, but it’s been many years since I’ve been pleased with an October horror film. Director Christopher Landon isn’t shy to the horror scene, however, with writing credits on the surprisingly well-done Disturbia, then the overly-done Paranormal Activity franchise. Landon’s recent work behind the camera was on-set of Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse.
Happy Death Day looks, on the surface, like a generic horror film that resorts to cheap jump scares. Jessica Rothe plays Tree Gelbman, a college student that continually dies and falls into a never-ending loop where, as one of the characters alluded to, she has “unlimited lives.” Here’s the catch: someone is murdering Gelbman at the end of each day, which happens to be her birthday.
Here’s the official summary:
Blumhouse produces an original and inventive rewinding thriller in Happy Death Day, in which a college student (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.
I’m not hopeful that this film breaks the dry curse of Friday the 13th horror films after watching the trailer, but hey, maybe a surprise lies in Happy Death Day.
Happy Death Day releases in North America on Oct. 13, 2017.