Certainly some grisly "R" rated deaths would have added an edge to this film's brand of black comedy, but "Death Day" is still far better than you're expecting, thanks to the charm of leading lady Jessica Rothe and reams of catty college girl dialogue. If you came of age during the Nineties, there's a good chance you'll find this a super fun throwback to slashers like "Scream" and "I Know What You Did Last Summer."
Some formulas never get old, including the premise of "Groundhog Day" and the satisfaction of seeing a college socialite spill chocolate milk on the head of her sorority sister. "Happy Death Day" is a modestly fun piece of soft-horror, but setbacks with its rating and its uneven blend of horror and comedy limit its opportunities to full break-out. Thankfully Jessica Rothe and Israel Broussard are likable performers.
"Redemption of the Bitchy Sorority Girl" is another insufferable, sanitized, moralistic PG-13 mash-up by the Blum's Factory, setting a new low in American mainstream horror. Showing a poster of John Carpenter's They Live over and over is not homage but pure mockery. Where's Carol J. Clover when you need her?
The surface - every college cliche imaginable, sorority girl redemption story, creepy mask killer hijinks - is pretty trite, but the careful, studied, and accessible assembly of the Groundhog Day chronology underlying it all is impressive.
Although it was notably predictable in terms of whodunnit mystery, this was really fun, energetic and entertaining to watch. Nevertheless, I found that another piece of this whole puzzle was much more essential to be explored, which was the reason to why this was happening to Tree (yes, I know about the plans to explain it in a sequel and I am aware of the easter eggs). A breath of fresh air!
This movie delivers pretty good entertainment if you don't get too nitpicky with its inconsistencies. Could it have been better? Definitely. Could it have become a great movie if it didn't have those inconsistencies? Probably not. Solid 4 stars movie in its genre.
An entertaining movie with a fun Scream-like vibe. The acting and direction is pretty good but more workmanlike than anything else. The suppossed twist is easily spotted but the script keeps things moving both fast and loose making for a fun albeit forgettable time at the movies.