With halloween coming around the corner, horror films flood the box office. Unfortunately a majority of theses movie tend to be either mediocre or flat out terrible, “Happy Death Day” is one on of the many modern horror films that follow this trend.
Essentially “Happy Death Day” is a slasher film that heavily borrows from 1993’s “Groundhog Day”. The main protagonist lives through her birthday over and over again while being brutally murdered numerous different ways by the end of the day.
While the premise is interesting and genuinely a fresh take on rinse and repeat type formula, “Happy Death Day” suffers from mediocrity in several aspects.
The film throws in a bunch of college aged characters that are likeable but are there to only make the film relatable and appeal to a younger audience. These are characters that have cliche characteristics with dilemmas that addressed in the film but never fully explored. It feels almost as if the script was rushed, it’s not necessarily bad, but key story elements aren’t fully explained and characters feel like they have no purpose.
Despite the mediocre script, “Happy Death Day” is an enjoyable watch. The movie doesn’t take itself too seriously and contains weak horror aspects and predictable plot twists. I think the film would have been better if it adopted a more tongue-in-cheek and humorous tone, it would make the attempted scary scenes less of a mess.
“Happy Death Day” isn’t scary in the slightest, the bizarre killing scenarios and plot development is the saving grace to the film causing it to be consistently mediocre. Rating 5/10