I consider myself to be a huge film fan but slasher films is a sub-genre of horror I tend to ignore since it's been done to death (no pun intended) since the 90s; hell, even further back than that when Hitchcock released Psycho. Watching someone get gutted or impaled with a kitchen knife doesn't generate the same level of shock today than it did back then. Happy Death Day is clearly aware that old conventions aren't enough to pass off a story that can be easily labeled as "been there, done that" territory, so it throws in an familiar sci-fi trope to mix things up in an intriguing matter. The story starts with Tree (Jessica Rothe) waking up hungover in Carter's (Israel Broussard) dorm room, a guy whom she just barely met the night before. As Tree makes, er...stumbles her way out, she goes about her day and normal routine in college from ignoring her roommates, belittling her peers and having a fling with one of her college professors. Later on, Tree heads to a party on campus to more likely initiate another drinking binge when she is caught off guard and murdered by a hooded individual wearing a baby mask. Strangely enough, Tree awakens in Carter's dorm room again with a hazy recollection of the events that happened the day before leading up to her death. She reaches the conclusion that she is stuck in some form of a closed time loop where her death keeps resetting the same day, and must find out the identity of her killer is she wishes to break free from the loop. At this point, I'll just say what you're probably thinking: this sounds similar to the premise of Bill Murray's Groundhog's Day and you are most definitely correct. The time loop plot is thrown in Happy Death Day along with several other genres that makes it stand on its own but just barely; feeling like a weird amalgamation of horror satire and college drama with some slight comedic relief. Speaking of which, the humor is quite black as it is dark because it is basically about a college girl constantly getting murdered over and over again while she tries to find the identity of her murderer. Sometimes it's bleak, other times it'll feel outright campy, and not just the jokes but the acting as well; almost feeling like a misplaced 80s horror-comedy. The characters are caricatures of familiar stereotypes we've seen in other films before but in the least the characters are written where they're not oblivious to what's going on and are smart enough to not commit any mistakes. More importantly, there is some character growth and it's not just limited to the main character. Let me put it this way: if John Hughes ever directed a horror film, it would feel like Happy Death Day. I'll admit, the film isn't really original or inventive; however the film is a cut (again, no pun intended) above the troves of redundant horror films that are constantly churned out to make a quick buck thanks to it's familiar but unique combination. For that, Happy Death Day is worthy of a watch and anyone who's interested in horror-comedy will definitely be pleased.