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Happy Death Day

Happy Death Day
Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Charles Aitken, Laura Clifton, Rob Mello and Rachel Matthews

Rated: PG-13 for violence/terror, crude sexual content, language, some drug material and partial nudity.
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: October 13, 2017 Released by: Universal Studios, Inc.

One might expect that Happy Death Day would be a traditional horror film with slashing and splashing of blood all over the screen.  It is more than and edgy horror script, it is very much a mystery that must be solved each day as Jessica Rothe awakes on the same day over and over again. 

Each repeated day gives her more information on the name of the person who is determined to kill her. Each day she has more and more advantage, knowing what will happen and in what sequence.  A little like Groundhog Day but a bit darker. 

Rather than forcing the audience to wait for action or clues as in a horror film, each scene brings more confusing ideas to help determined the killer who will take Rothe's life if she doesn't find the answer and create alliances with the folks that are on her side.  

Happy Death Day has a script that forces attention and makes an interesting mystery. 

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