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'Happy Death Day': Playful, Morbid Spin on Time Loop Drama

Directed by: Christopher Landon; Runtime: 96 minutes Grade: B Along with concentrating on making thrills or gore stimulating in one way or another, horror directors must also closely manage the expectations and anticipations of their audience, else they'll fall into the trap of being compared to whatever countless others have come before it in a specific subgenre. Christopher Landon's Happy Death Day not only has to navigate the hopes of those going in for yet another slasher movie, it also has to work around its plainly-seen similarities to the Bill Murray vehicle Groundhog Day: the notion that someone lives out the same day repeatedly in hopes of doing things right enough to see tomorrow.
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