Movie Mixtape: 6 Movies to Watch With 'Happy Death Day'

Movie Mixtape: 6 Movies to Watch With 'Happy Death Day'
From Slashfilm - October 11, 2017

(Welcome toMovie Mixtape, where we find cinematic relatives and seek out interesting connections between new releases and older movies that allow us to rethink and enjoy whats in our theaters as well as the favorites on our shelf. In this edition: Happy Death Day.)

Happy Death Day is all set to shove tongues into cheeks on Friday with its twee name and bloody riff onGroundhog Day. The film stars Jessica Rothe as Tree Gelbman (yersh), a self-absorbed college girl who gets murdered at her birthday party, wakes up the next morning, and has to relive the day until she can solve the crime.

It looks to hit the sweet spot of self-aware horror that delivers gore with a slice ofirony and a wink toward the ancient age of the slasher genre. Its also far from the first film to mess around with time loops (not even the first horror film), which makes finding companion movies a fun trek through a sci-fi subgenre thats got a surprising number of wins.

Lets bargain with Dormammu and relive some movies that try to break the cycle.

Los Cronocrimenes(Timecrimes) (2007)

If you havent seen it yet, learn as little as you can before watching it. In fact, just go rent it right now, because youve probably been wondering why the name Nacho Vigalondo keeps getting so much love from the film community, and checking out his debut slap in the face of sci-fi unease will explain everything.

The movie focuses on the schlubbyHctor (Karra Elejalde) who is renovating his hillside house with his wife Clara (Candela Fernndez) when he uses his binoculars to spy a young woman taking her shirt off in the forest. His wife leaves, and when he goes to find the young woman, hes attacked by a terrifying figure whose face is wrapped in pink bandages. Thats when the time travel starts. Subtextually confronting the lies upon lies of adultery inside the classic story of an average man tripping into the wrong place at the wrong time,Timecrimes gets crazier and crazier until chaos reigns.

Repeat Performance(1947)

Instead of forcing someone to relive a single day, this classic film noir allows a murderess the chance to relive a whole year. It opens on New Years Eve with Sheila (Joan Leslie) towering over her bullet-strewn husband Barney (Louis Hayward), having pulled the trigger herself. She hits some parties, frets over what to do, and then wishes at the stroke of midnight that she could have the whole year to do over again.

Voila. She wakes up back in time with opportunities to turn it all around. The big question is whether she can. Or should.

Run Lola Run(1998)

Source Code(2011)


Before I Fall(2017)

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