Read carefully. This might contain spoilers if you haven’t seen Happy Death Day (2017).
Being advertised as a horror version of Groundhog Day (1993), Happy Death Day (2017) [read our review here] became one of the most profitable titles of Blumhouse Productions of the past year. With a modest budget of under 5 million dollars, the movie managed to gross worldwide more than ten times its original investment. It’s no surprise that the producers wanted to exploit goose that lays the golden eggs a little bit more and greenlit the sequel starring again the protagonist of the first movie, Jessica Rothe, and with Christopher Landon again as the director, this time also is the author of the screenplay.
As it was to expect, Happy Death Day 2U (2019) will pretty much repeat the formula of its predecessor. This time, two years after the events of the first film, Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe’s character) re-enters the time loop to determine why she was entered into it in the first place. She must also face a revenge-seeking Lori (-beware, spoilers-, the bad chick in Happy Death Day (2017) played by Ruby Modine), who has been resurrected by the power of the time loop. And the story repeats itself.
In words of star Jessica Rothe, in a conversation with Collider, “The sequel, the way he [director Christopher Landon] described it to me, elevates the movie from being a horror movie – and I wouldn’t even say it’s just a horror movie because it’s a horror, comedy, rom-com drama – into a Back to the Future type of genre film where the sequel joins us right from where we left off, it explains a lot of things in the first one that didn’t get explained, and it elevates everything”.
In addition to the already mentioned Jessica Rothe and Ruby Modine, Happy Death Day 2U (2019) is starred by Israel Broussard, Suraj Sharma, Steve Zissis, Rachel Matthews, Charles Aitken, Sarah Yarkin, Caleb Spillyards and Laura Clifton. The movie is scheduled to open for Saint Valentine’s Day next year in the UK and the USA and will be followed by the release in the rest of the countries also in February. The first trailer has been already released and you can watch it here:
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