Blumhouse and Universal have released the first HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U poster. For those who didn’t see the original HAPPY DEATH DAY, the story followed a college student Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) who was trapped in a GROUNDHOG DAY-like scenario where she keeps reliving the last day of her life over and over again until she finds the killer. But it looks like Tree won’t have much time to enjoy her victory as she’ll be returning for the sequel.
When Collider spoke to Rothe, she teased that HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U shares some DNA with Back to the Future:
“Chris has done this incredible thing where the sequel, the way he described it to me, elevates the movie from being a horror movie – and I wouldn’t even say it’s just a horror movie because it’s a horror, comedy, rom-com drama – into a Back to the Future type of genre film where the sequel joins us right from where we left off, it explains a lot of things in the first one that didn’t get explained, and it elevates everything. I was really pleased to know that we weren’t just gonna be pushing all the buttons that people loved the first time, over and over again, ‘cause I think that gets old.”
I recently re-watched the original HAPPY DEATH DAY and it’s a fantastic little horror romp. Blumhouse and Universal attached a teaser trailer to HALLOWEEN in theaters, which is a great way to promote the sequel. The teaser shows how Tree gets pulled back into “the loop” and has to continue die and/or commit suicide in order to solve the mystery and save herself and her friends. But there’s no sign of it online, so I suppose for now this poster will have to suffice.
HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U opens February 14, 2019.