Rotten Watch Prediction

When Phil Connors woke up and lived February 2nd over and over and over again in Harold Ramis' Groundhog's Day, he spawned a lifetime of copycats in all different genres. And now the Live, Die, Repeat culture gets a horror treatment in Happy Death Day - featuring a college student reliving her birthday again and again, only for each one to end with her being straight up murdered. It's a somewhat interesting twist on an old theme. And while I don't think it goes ballistic with critics, it looks interesting enough.

Director Christopher Landon has some forgettable horror credits to his name, like Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (45%) and Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (39%). I predict Happy Death Day likely falls in the same area. It's a cute concept, but horror films either need to be unbelievably scary or completely groundbreaking (and usually both) to really score with critics. This doesn't look like it fits either. It could be a campy good time, which would help, but critics are a fickle bunch these days. I think it just finishes low and we forget about it soon after.

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