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A new masked maniac and physics experiment gone awry keep our heroine on edge.
There’s nothing better than a clever take on the classic sci-fi time-loop trope—and that’s what we got in last year’s darkly comic slasher movie, Happy Death Day. We clearly weren’t the only ones who wanted more of the film’s take on deja vu, as evidenced by this week’s brand-new trailer for its sequel, Happy Death Day 2U.
(Spoilers for the first film below.)
If you haven’t seen the first Happy Death Day and want to avoid spoilers, you may want to skip the trailer, since it opens with a recap of the source material. So the sequel should require little to no watching of the first film (though, again, we suggest you do just that).
To wit: college student Theresa “Tree” Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) is murdered on her birthday and finds herself reliving that day over and over—just like Bill Murray’s weatherman in Groundhog Day (or Mulder and Scully in X-Files episode “Monday,” if that’s more up your alley). She takes advantage of the time loop to solve her own murder while dealing with a disturbingly jealous roommate, Lori (Ruby Modine).
I’m not typically a fan of your average slasher movie, with some notable comic-horror exceptions: Cabin in the Woods, Scream, or this year’s You Might Be the Killer. Happy Death Day fit right into that niche with its black humor and genre-mashing use of the time loop trope. The film was overshadowed by the stellar Get Out (both were produced by Blumhouse Productions and released the same year), but it still grossed $122 million worldwide against its modest $4.8 million budget and received positive reviews.