Sunday, September 29, 2019

Hey, didn't we review this movie already?

Hidey-ho, Horror nuts and Welcome to another WTFHM!

Okay, so I dropped the ball a little last week in grabbing a movie beforehand, but I picked it back up this weekend and checked out the next movie in line which, fortunately, is a newer movie that will seem like we've done this already.

You know, Groundhog's Day movies have kind of become a genre and, for the most part, I like them. They all keep the same general fun spirit of being caught in a time loop for years and years and years.

Yeah, so, in the way of horror Happy Death Day is the newest edition of Groundhog's Day type movies that, well, I have to admit, for what it's worth, was a lot of fun the first time around.

Unfortunately, the screenwriters managed to find a way to take a cute idea and murder it and then beat it relentlessly like a...what's a phrase?

Right. So.

Happy Death Day 2U starring Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Phi Vu, Suraj Sharma, Sarah Yarkin, Rachel Matthews, Ruby Modine, Steve Zissis, Missy Yager, Jason Bayle, Charles Aitken, Laura Clifton and Caleb Spillyards.

Okay, so when last we left Tree Gelbman (Rothe) she'd just managed to get herself out a time loop by finding out the true meaning of being a good person...also, there was this whole matter of a serial killer murdering her over and over again that she had to solve.

If you haven't seen the first movie, don't worry!  They give you a recap.

See, in this version, Tree's not stuck in the loop anymore, Carter's (Broussard) roommate Ryan (Vu) is. AND someone in a baby mask is trying to kill him now. When Tree realizes what's happening, she tries to help him find his killer. Which she does relatively early on. Turns on that the guy trying to kill Ryan is...

Why is Ryan trying to kill himself?  We-hell, lemme tell you.

As it turns out, Ryan has a little science project with his friends. A science project that causes time loops.

So, yeah, that whole business with Tree finding herself to get out of the loop ala the original Groundhog's Day. Yeah, just forget about that.

So, Ryan number 2 is trying to kill Ryan number 1 because Ryan number 1 causes a bigger problem with the timeloop...which he immediately does two seconds after learning that important piece of information.

Their science project explodes and Tree finds herself back in the time loop she started with...and she's pissed.

She goes through the motions and quickly discovers that this time, things are a little different. Like this time her mom's still alive and Carter's dating her snotty sorority sister Danielle (Matthews) and, oh,  yeah, her roommate isn't the one trying to kill her.

So, okay. The three of them (and Ryan's friends) figure out that what's going on is that she's stuck in a parallel universe. The only way to correct it is to figure out how to get her back to her original timeline and the only way to do that is for Tree to die again:

And again:

And again: 

With her memorizing a bit of the formula that they come up with until they can narrow down the right equation that will send her back.

Solid plan. Except, just like in the last movie, she gets weaker every time. And there's that whole matter of there still being a killer on the loose.

And yes, before you ask, there is a montage.

There are also shenanigans...shenanigans because the screenwriter decided to write an episode of Saved by the Bell in the middle of this movie.

Okay, so the killer. THIS time, the killer isn't her roommate. In fact, as it turns out, her roommate, Lori (Modine) is having an affair with the teacher Tree was having an affair with last time.

Well, because Lori is her friend in this timeline, Tree decides to try to save her. In the ensuing mission, she discovers the real killer or killers (Yes, they pulled a Scream double killer on us).

That's right! Professor Gregory (Aitken) and his wife (Clifton) are trying to murder Lori because Lori is having an affair with Gregory and we can't have that...

No, it doesn't make sense, but it's best not to think too much about that.

Well, anyway, they defeat the evil Gregory and his wife right as Ryan and his friends warm up the time machine and send her back to her right timeline where they all live happily ever after.

Until the after-credits scene anyway.

So, what did I think of this movie? Well, like the first one, it was a lot of fun...but I feel a little ripped off in that whatever this movie's not really a horror movie. I mean, there's blood and there's a stabby killer, but this movie had me like:

(hums Saved by the Bell theme song)

So, yeah, I can't jewel it. I can't raspberry it either. It's a decent movie so long as you don't think too much about what you're watching.

All right, so guess what? I totally forgot to pick up another movie again! Yay, another surprise movie for next week!

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