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Monster Reviews: Happy Death Day 2U – 2019

Monster Reviews: Happy Death Day 2U – 2019

Every so often a film comes along that redefines the genre. Be it big or small, the change is always significant. Sometimes these films go unnoticed, other times they’re appropriately decorated. No matter the case, they’re all game changers and extremely influencing.

Happy Death Day 2U is a glorious display of brains and blood. It brilliantly blends science and time travel, with horror. While it’s without a doubt a horror film, it’s very science-based and is basically the first of its kind in the modern era.

The film is written and directed by Christopher Landon. It stars Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Phi Vu, Suraj Sharma, Sarah Yarkin, Ruby Modine, Rob Mello, and Kenneth Israel. Imagine having to relive the day of your death over and over again until you find and put a stop to the person responsible for killing you. Now imagine having to do it twice. 

Happy Death Day 2U is in a class all its own. While there are science fiction horror films and horror movies involving aspects of science and time travel, there’s never been a science-based horror film like this. The slasher aspect of the film pretty much takes a backseat to the inclusion of quantum mechanics. It adds an urgent, exciting element to the film, keeping it fresh and relevant.

It’s easy to see people losing interest quickly in a film like this though, as it’s not what moviegoers are normally accustomed too. However, films are currently becoming increasingly more and more intricate, involving ideas and concepts once deemed to complex for the average viewer. A film like this sets the stage for an entire science based horror sub-genre, with an array of untapped opportunities and potential.

When done correctly, such as this, the concept can be extremely impactful. It could flip the genre on its head and bring about new fans to our beloved community. It can potentially generate a higher intellectual fans base, proving that horror isn’t all about nudity and blood.

Phi Vu as Ryan in “Happy Death Day 2U,” written and directed by Christopher Landon.

The acting in this is couldn’t be any better. The characters are very memorable and relatable, and those returning from the first film picked up right where they left off in the previous. It was a real pleasure not to see anyone recast and to be able to watch certain actors expand on what they accomplished in the first film. That’s the key to a lasting series. 

The idea of watching the same day play out over and over again is the perfect formula to experiment with. With a storyline that can pretty much go anywhere, the potential is unlimited. Many sequels are bound to follow, each with their own interpretations of the original concept. Toss in the science aspect, and you have the ideal blueprint for continued success.

The costumes are great and the gore is spot on. The sets are very inviting and the overall cinematography is stylish and stunning. Not to mention the directing, editing and sound are also exceptionally well done. However, the best part about the film is actually the story and dialogue. They really slayed the subplots and knocked the characters out of the park. The chemistry between the actors was obvious and very apparent. 

Happy Death Day 2U is insanely fun. It’s full of blood, science and scares. It’s a masterful sequel and one of the few to truly surpass the original in every area. If you haven’t checked this one out yet, go see it! It’s a seriously remarkable piece of film.

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Into The Dark: All That We Destroy (Review)

How far can a mother’s unconditional love for her child go? Well, this month’s Mother’s Day episode (directed by Chelsea Stardust) of the Into the Dark horror anthology shows how far one mother will go to help her son, even as far as helping him with his urges on murder.

All That We Destroy takes us into the life of Victoria (Samantha MathisAmerican Psycho, The Punisher) a geneticist who creates a group of clones for her son Spencer (Israel BroussardThe Bling Ring, Happy Death Day, Happy Death Day 2U) in hopes that it will cure him of his serial killer tendencies. 

The episode starts with a girl named Ashley (Aurora PerrineauTruth or Dare, Passengers) who is unconscious and getting cleaned up and dressed for Spencer’s arrival. She wakes up in a room with Spencer, (we are unaware of the connection between the two) still in a confusing state, she tries to come through when Spencer starts to strangle her and bash her head. That’s okay; I didn’t see that one coming either.

Ashley wakes up, and the process continues over and over again. This is an experiment that was started by Spencer’s mother. As a mother, you want your child to be all that they could be and succeed in life; a serial killer as her son is not what Victoria envisioned.

Victoria isn’t living an ordinary life of a mother; she’s living a nightmare knowing that her son is a serial killer, she is going above and beyond to try to fix it by creating clones to help his “cravings.” 

Spencer comes into contact with his bubbly neighbor Marissa (Dora Madison) and starts doing things like helping her carry boxes in the house for her and showcasing his artistic abilities by drawing her. It seems like he is trying to maintain some “normalcy” in his life, but Victoria doesn’t have it. She tries to hide him and who he is so that no one else around him will see their fate. Marissa will find out soon enough. 

This episode in this series is superb, along with the acting. It was cringe-worthy at times, only because you knew why Victoria went through the lengths she did. Any mother may do the same if given that chance, or some may not.

Check out the trailer below and make sure to watch this with your mother on Mother’s Day. ⬇️⬇️

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