happy death day influences

This week, DavidJeff, and Devindra welcome Stephen Tobolowsky to discuss Happy Death Day and the brilliance of Jessica Rothe. Check out Stephen’s new book, My Adventures with God. Also, David goes on hiatus.

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Groundhog day rip offs

This weekend, Happy Death Day will give audiences that old familiar feeling that they’ve seen something like this before. Because they have: it’s a slasher movie take on Groundhog Day. But Groundhog Day isn’t the only film to use the time loop scenario.
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happy death day influences

(Welcome to Cinematic Inspirations, a series where filmmakers talk about the movies that inspired their latest release. In this edition: Christopher Landon talks about the movies that influenced Happy Death Day.)

In the new horror movie Happy Death Day, a young woman is murdered. And then she wakes up the morning of the day she was killed. And then she is murdered again. And then she wakes up. Will solving her murder and catching her killer end the time loop?

If that premise sounds like a few other movies…well, you’re right. And director Christopher Landon is happy to admit it. In fact, he sat down with us to talk about the movies that influenced Happy Death Day, which range from an obvious Bill Murray comedy to a few horror classics to John Hughes.

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Movies to Watch With Happy Death Day

(Welcome to Movie Mixtape, where we find cinematic relatives and seek out interesting connections between new releases and older movies that allow us to rethink and enjoy what’s in our theaters as well as the favorites on our shelf. In this edition: Happy Death Day.)

Happy Death Day is all set to shove tongues into cheeks on Friday with its twee name and bloody riff on Groundhog Day. The film stars Jessica Rothe as Tree Gelbman (yersh), a self-absorbed college girl who gets murdered at her birthday party, wakes up the next morning, and has to relive the day until she can solve the crime.

It looks to hit the sweet spot of self-aware horror that delivers gore with a slice of irony and a wink toward the ancient age of the slasher genre. It’s also far from the first film to mess around with time loops (not even the first horror film), which makes finding companion movies a fun trek through a sci-fi subgenre that’s got a surprising number of wins.

Let’s bargain with Dormammu and relive some movies that try to break the cycle.

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happy death day trailer

It’s official: Groundhog Day has officially become a template for other movies to borrow. The short-lived television series Day Break took the concept of a character reliving the same day over and over again and made it a police procedural. Edge of Tomorrow retooled it for a (pretty fantastic) science fiction action movie. And now, Happy Death Day looks to make a slasher horror movie out of it.

The Happy Death Day trailer features a masked killer and a gruesome murder. It also features a masked killer and a gruesome murder. And then it features a masked killer and a–

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