A teenage girl, trying to enjoy her birthday, soon realizes that this is her final one. That is, if she can figure out who her killer is. She must relive that day, over and over again, dying in a different way each time. Can she solve her own murder?
Brilliant horror production house Blumhouse – Get Out, Split, The Purge – have turned Groundhog Day into a fun teen slasher flick that might not be bloody but it’s a bloody good laugh.
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse director Christopher Landon has the knack to handle humour and horror, and while he’s dialled down the gore this Scream-light will entertain the teens. Hell, even I enjoyed the quirky humour that came with most of the stock-standard scares.
The younger crowd might not get the whole homage to Groundhog Day, but it definitely has a similar dark comedy edge with some great transition gags - like when she wakes up with a stiff neck after death by hanging.
The fun spirit of this flick is personified by the refreshingly smart and resourceful horror female lead. Jessica Rothe (La La Land) packs plenty of spunk and you can tell she’s having a blast with a pretty by-the-book script. Her and love-interest Israel Brussard are great together and their chemistry keeps the movie humming along.
While there’s plenty of cliche scares this Groundhog Day meets Scream comedy-horror is good fun, mainly thanks to a spunky performance from up and comer Jessica Rothe.
DVD Releases: 17th January 2018
Rating: M – Contains Horror themes, violence, sexual references and coarse language
Duration: 96 minutes
Starring: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine
Director: Christopher Landon (Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse)
Originally titled "Half to Death".