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Happy Birthdead (2017)

Happy Death Day (original title)
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A college student must relive the day of her murder over and over again, in a loop that will end only when she discovers her killer's identity.

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A teenage girl, trying to enjoy her birthday, soon realizes that this is her final one. That is, if she can figure out who her killer is. She must relive that day, over and over again, dying in a different way each time. Can she solve her own murder?

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Get Up. Live Your Day. Get Killed. Again.


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Rated PG-13 for violence/terror, crude sexual content, language, some drug material and partial nudity | See all certifications »

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15 November 2017 (France)  »

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Happy Birthdead  »

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Budget:

$4,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

AUD 1,422,262 (Australia) (15 October 2017)

Gross:

$43,300,000 (USA) (26 October 2017)
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Trivia

The scenes where Tree leaves Carter's dorm room and walks through the campus quad, with the same specific events happening each time (i.e. The couple getting soaked by the sprinklers, the car alarm going off, etc.) took two days to shoot. At one point, the sprinklers malfunctioned and couldn't be turned off, costing the crew at least an hour of filming until they were finally able to fix it. See more »

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Corkys Restaurant, a chain endemic to California, appears in Louisiana. See more »

Quotes

Tree Gelbman: [to Carter] Would you stop looking at me like I just took a dump on your mom's head?
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Crazy Credits

The opening Universal logo gets abruptly sucked into oblivion and then restarts, referencing the film's time loop element. This happens twice before the logo finally plays uninterrupted. See more »

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References Scream (1996) See more »

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In Da Club
Written by 50 Cent (as Curtis Jackson), Dr. Dre (as Andre Young) and Mike Elizondo
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This movie knew exactly what it was
14 October 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I think people going to see this movie are expecting wayyyy to much from a slasher movie. I'm rating it based on what I expected, and I was certainly impressed. This movie wasn't trying to be anything more than another murder movie, but what made me want to see it was the idea of taking Groundhog Day (which it fully admitted to ripping the idea from) and turning it into a slasher film. I was actually surprised it held back on gore and blood. I was fully expecting it to be all the tropes of gross-out killings, but it was instead focused more on character development and the story. I admit the characters are a bit one-dimensional, but again, it's a slasher movie. It's trying to win any academy awards here. In many ways I think it's parodying those one-dimensional characters of college trope characters and the "last girl" in horror movies because it goes all-in on establishing the main characters as somebody you're meant to hate at first. The ending genuinely took me in a direction I didn't anticipate, and then it took me back to what I was expecting, but did it in a way that I felt fresh. All in all, I had fun watching this movie, which I think what this movie was meant to be: Fun.


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