I can’t even begin to describe how much I love the Happy Death Day movies. The first Happy Death Day surprised me so much a few years back that I pretty much told everyone who would listen to watch it. You may think it’s just a horror Groundhog Day clone, but it’s so much more. Likable characters, a well plotted story, and a lot of clever twists. Then comes the sequel, Happy Death Day 2U, and it blew me away again! I love what they’ve done with this series so much. They did something so smart with this sequel. Instead of just doing a retread, they went an alternate direction and went full blown sci-fi. There is still a lot of good scares to be had, but I would honestly say this one almost feels like a throwback to the awesome sci-fi comedies of the 80’s. Movies like My Science Project, Real Genius or Weird Science. The premise is a little confusing to explain, and I don’t want to give away too much, but I will a little. Essentially it begins in a very similar fashion to the original Happy Death Day, only now instead of the main character being killed over and over, it’s one of their friends. They figure the only way to stop it from happening again is with a science project they’ve made. Well, long story short, a whole lot of shit goes wrong, and well, now our main character has to start from square one again. But wait… it’s not the original square one. It’s a totally different square one. Yep, now we’re dealing with alternate timelines the same way that Spiderman: Into the Spider-verse did. Weird for a horror movie, right? But they totally nail it. Because not only do they smartly work through the issues in this film, but they also go back to the original film and fill in a lot of blanks. It’s got a bit of Back to the Future II here too, and it’s wild. It’s got a ton of comedy, and utilizes some supporting characters in some new ways to great effect. Plus, as an added bonus, there’s even a very emotional subplot that I won’t ruin, but actually packs a punch. These movies are spectacular, and I really, really, really hope they deliver on the promise of yet another sequel that they set up in the post-credits scene. Yes, watch through the credits. It’s a suitable bonkers ending to a bonkers movie. I just love these flicks and will probably watch them again soon.