Happy Death Day was released on October 13, 2017. It garnered a total of $122 million vis-à-vis a production budget of $4.8 million. Although critics the film’s all-too-familiar premise, they still praised the film for its entertaining storyline. Some even dubbed it as a combination of Groundhog Day and Scream. Happy Death Day was first announced in July 2007, under the working title Half to Death. Megan Fox was initially set to be included in the cast. During its development, the film was set to be produced by Michael Bay and Rogue Pictures, with Antti Jokinen attached to the project as the director. Landon was also hired to rewrite the script penned by Lobdell. Although Lobdell approved the script, the studio did not give them the green light to move on with the film. Five years later, Lobdell sent the script to Blum. Blum came on board. This eventually led to the approval of Universal Pictures. Blumhouse Productions announced the project in October 2016. In July 2017, the film changed the title to Happy Death Day. Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gave the film an approval rating of 71% based on 133 reviews. Its critics consensus praised the film’s dark humor, while also giving Jessica Rothe positive remarks for her gripping performance. Metacritic assigned the film a score of 57/100 based on 26 critics, indicating a mixed reception. Market research firm CinemaScore granted an average grade of B to the film, based on the audiences it polled. U.S.-based surveying service PostTrak revealed that the film’s audience gave it a 52% rating.
about the movie
Produced by Jason Blum through Blumhouse Productions, Happy Death Day is a 2017 American slasher film released by Universal Pictures. It was directed by Christopher Landon from a screenplay penned by Scott Lobdell. It features Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, and Ruby Modine.