Reviews Review: ‘Happy Death Day 2U’ Replaces Many of the Slasher Elements With Science Fiction Published 1 year ago on March 22, 2019 By Gareth Paterson Share Tweet Happy Death Day was a pleasant surprise when it came out in 2017. Its amusing Groundhog Day meets Scream premise offered plenty of laughs and thrills. This sequel continues with the humour but replaces many of the slasher elements with science fiction. The first film was fun thanks to its simplicity. Unfortunately the plot of Happy Death Day 2U gets overly convoluted and bloated. There is also a sequel bait ending that feels very forced. Despite flaws in the script it is an otherwise enjoyable movie. Jessica Rothe once again shines as the perpetually frustrated Tree. This time around there is an expanded cast of old and new faces who aid or complicate her quest to return back to normality. The reasons behind the time loop are explored and the consequences around fixing it form the main drive of the story. However, the film is at its most enjoyable when Tree and the gang simply react to the ridiculous events around them. One montage scene that makes good use of a Paramore song stands out in particular. It harks back to what made the original such an unexpected hit. Happy Death Day 2U abandons its former horror traits (including its interesting Baby Face killer) to the sidelines in favour of sci-fi and self-aware comedy. This might put off viewers who are looking for more of the same. However, if you manage your expectations and don’t mind the unexpected then there are plenty of reasons to watch this sequel. Related Topics:Christopher LandonHappy Death Day 2UJessica Rothe Up Next Review: ‘Pet Sematary’ Manages to Convey a Very Creepy and Foreboding Atmosphere Don't Miss Campy Fun Horror Films Streaming Free on Tubi TV Advertisement You may like Universal Pictures is Releasing ‘Happy Death Day 2U’ on Blu-Ray This May Slasher Horror Flick ‘Happy Death Day’ Hits (UK) DVD and Blu-Ray Next Month Comments Advertisement Facebook Featured Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UoSqJFMS-A&t=20s Advertisement Latest Popular Videos News14 hours ago ‘Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula’ Posters Prepare to Escape Hordes of Zombies Blu-Ray & DVD16 hours ago Arrow Video Releasing ‘Pitch Black’ on 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray in the UK This August TV21 hours ago “The Walking Dead” Season 10: Greg Nicotero Promises Final Will Have People’s Jaws Dropping News2 days ago Will ‘Halloween Kills’ Feature the Surprise Return of Dr. Loomis? Blu-Ray & DVD3 days ago Second Sight Films Releasing ‘Dawn of the Dead’ 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray Box Set in the UK This October News4 weeks ago New Details Revealed on ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ Reboot News1 week ago ‘Halloween Kills’ Director Teases Seriously Violent Michael Myers Murder Scene News4 weeks ago ‘Halloween’ Watch Party With Jamie Lee Curtis and More Taking Place This Saturday Music3 weeks ago ‘Halloween Kills’ Update: David Gordon Green Provides More Details During Twitter Watch Party News2 weeks ago Jamie Lee Curtis to Direct Horror Film ‘Mother Nature’ With New Blumhouse Deal Videos1 month ago [Video] Watch Tommy Lee Wallace Convert a Captain Kirk Mask into Michael Myers! News2 months ago [Video] Greg Nicotero Teases Giant Spider for “Creepshow” Season Two News2 months ago [Trailer] ‘Gremlins’ Star Zach Galligan Takes on Dolls, Clowns and Leprechauns in ‘Evil Little Things’ News3 months ago [Video] New Footage from the Set of ‘Halloween Kills’ Shows Michael Myers Walking the Streets News3 months ago [Trailer] Nia DaCosta and Jordan Peele’s ‘Candyman’ Dares You to Repeat His Name Five Times Trending Editorials4 years ago The Many Different Michael Myers Masks Used In Halloween: H20 News3 years ago Todd McFarlane Makes An Announcement on His ‘Spawn’ Script News3 years ago Photo of Doug Bradley Back in Pinhead Makeup for First Time in 12 Years! Blu-Ray & DVD3 years ago Arrow Video Bringing J.S. Cardone’s 1982 Slasher ‘The Slayer’ to Blu-Ray! News3 years ago George A. Romero to Bring ‘Pint of the Living Dead’ to Ottawa ComicCon News3 years ago Official “Friday the 13th: The Game” Release Date Finally Announced! News3 years ago New Photos From Adam Ripp’s Demonic Horror Flick ‘Devil’s Whisper’ News3 years ago Spike’s “The Mist” New Series Trailer Features Gore and Scares!