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Happy Death Day 2U (2019)

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Tree Gelbman discovers that dying over and over was surprisingly easier than the dangers that lie ahead.

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Christopher Landon

Writers:

Christopher Landon, Scott Lobdell (characters)
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'Happy Death Day 2U' Stars Tease Trilogy Plans

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Rothe ... Tree Gelbman
Israel Broussard ... Carter Davis
Phi Vu ... Ryan Phan
Suraj Sharma ... Samar Ghosh
Sarah Yarkin ... Andrea 'Dre' Morgan
Rachel Matthews ... Danielle Bouseman
Ruby Modine ... Lori Spengler
Steve Zissis ... Dean Roger Bronson
Charles Aitken ... Gregory Butler
Laura Clifton ... Stephanie Butler
Missy Yager ... Julie Gelbman
Jason Bayle ... David Gelbman
Caleb Spillyards ... Tim Bauer
Jimmy Gonzales ... Police Officer
Peter Jaymes Jr. Peter Jaymes Jr. ... Police Officer
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Storyline

Having survived the farcical but utterly life-threatening events in Happy Death Day (2017), the feisty sorority sister, Tree Gelbman, finds herself in the same college dorm, thankful to be alive. However, this time, it's Carter's roommate, Ryan, who claims that he is reliving the same paradoxical day over and over again, as a mysterious paranoid killer in a single-toothed baby-faced mask with a big kitchen knife has made a habit of murdering him. Under those circumstances, a valiant but vain attempt to face the challenge, once more, will send Tree back to square one, trapped in an all too familiar and blood-drenched time loop. How many deaths separate Tree from a truly happy birthday? Written by Nick Riganas

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Same Day, New Killer. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, language, sexual material and thematic elements. | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

13 February 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Happy Death Day 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,497,665, 15 February 2019, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$28,051,045, 4 April 2019

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$64,251,045, 7 April 2019
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Tree's freefall montage of various suicides, landing her back into Carter and Ryan's dorm room, pays visual reference to the music video of the song that plays over the montage: Paramore's Hard Times where in the music video lead vocalist Hayley Williams, sporting similar attire to Tree Gelbman and blonde hair collapses slowly back into a bed from the roof. See more »

Goofs

When the team is plotting and looking over floor plans toward the end (to steal a reactor), in the upper right corner something small, gray, fluffy like feathers or a wind-screen appear for a second. See more »

Quotes

[the Bayfield Baby masked murderer attacks Ryan and draws a knife. Before he can stab Ryan, Tree sneaks behind and knocks him unconscious]
Carter Davis: Who is he?
Tree Gelbman: Only one way to find out.
[Tree approaches the murderer and removes the mask. She, Ryan and Carter gasp in disbelief: the murderer looks exactly like Ryan]
Ryan Phan: What the fu...
[they bring the second Ryan to the lab and tie him to a chair]
Carter Davis: You sure you... you don't have a twin brother? Maybe you were separated at birth.
Ryan Phan: [annoyed] Of course I'm sure.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The first short section of the opening credits is played over various angles and shots of the time distortion device. See more »

Connections

References Repo Man (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Stayin' Alive
Written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb
Performed by Lizzo
Produced by Mike Sabath
Lizzo appears courtesy of Nice Life / Atlantic Records
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The terrific balance that the first film found is not present here
17 February 2019 | by jtindahouseSee all my reviews

I'm a massive fan of the original 'Happy Death Day' film. In fact I rated it a perfect 10 on IMDb. Every aspect of that movie was executed perfectly. It was scary, funny, charming, intriguing, touching and had a killer twist ending to put the cherry on the cupcake. The announcement of a sequel was a surprise to me to be honest. When a film gets everything so right like that one did it is incredibly hard to make a follow-up to the same standard. Plus you risk ruining the reputation that the first film earned. 'Happy Death Day 2U' was a disappointing sequel that will leave a bad taste in the mouth of a lot of fans of the original.

It certainly isn't an appalling film (otherwise I would never have given it a 6 - and I verged on giving it a 7), it just didn't get the balance right this time around. It was far too light-hearted for starters. I loved the humour that first one possessed and I did in this one too, however it just took up too much of the runtime. If people asked me to choose one genre that this film was I would probably have to say comedy. I should be saying horror.

Secondly, the film was so intent on being clever (and being a homage to 'Back to the Future') that it completely forgot to have an interesting plot piece at the centre of the film. The killer angle was almost like an after-thought this time around. Whereas in the original it drove the film and everything else fed off that.

The first film was so good that I didn't want anything to change and taint what was created in that film. I left the cinema this time with a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. If a sequel absolutely had to be made I would've preferred completely fresh characters (even though I love the ones that are in these two films) and for them to just do a seperate story. Maybe that wouldn't have worked either (speaking further to my point that a sequel simply wasn't needed) but at least it would have left the original intact. I hear a third addition to the series is on the way. Hopefully they get it right (whatever that means) next time around.


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