Happy Death Day

Happy Death Day can be summed up with Groundhog Day with a slasher. This is not a bad thing.

Just like Groundhog Day, the protagonist, Tree – yes that is her name, is not sympathetic at first. But his changes as she goes through the day over and over.

The most annoying thing in the movie – her ringtone. And since the day is repeating, we hear the damn thing over and over.

The movie opens with Tree waking up hungover in some guy’s dorm room. She quickly leaves and returns to her sorority house. She interacts with her roommate and other members and goes to class. She is of course having an affair with a professor. All of this is basically setup to introduce us to the key characters in her life, the events we will be seeing variations of, and her crappy demeanor.

Then she gets killed. By someone in a Baby mask. Apparently, her college’s mascot is a baby. So there are a lot of people out and about in similar masks.

She wakes up and repeats the day. And she dies.

At this point, she begins working to figure out who is after her.

There is no real gore. It is a PG-13 rated movie, after all. But it was a nice fun movie. Not a sequel. Not a remake.

Starring: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Charles Aitken, Rachel Matthews

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Attack of the Morningside Monster

Starring: Nicholas Brendon, Tiffany Shepis, Catherine Taber, Robert Pralgo, Antonio Madison, Amber Chaney, Mike Stanley

Site: TheMorningsideMonster.com

I kind of enjoyed this low budget horror entry.

The movie starts out with someone in a dark robe killing someone. That body later turns up after some teenagers have a small get-together in the woods.

We are introduced to the Sheriff and deputes of Morningside. We get a glimpse into the community’s normal flow. From low-tier drug dealers to high school teachers.

As more people die a ritualistic death, the hunt is on for the killer.

You’re probably going to figure out who the killer is, but this was still a fun popcorn movie for October.

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Help get Sequel to Behind the Mask the Rise of Leslie Vernon Greenlit

If you’re like me, you loved the movie Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon.  It is an awesome faux documentary on a Slasher Serial Killer.  I cannot recommend this movie highly enough.  Since I’m not good at synopsizing, here is the blurb from Amazon.

You know legendary maniacs Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers and Freddy Krueger. Now meet Leslie Vernon, the next great psycho-slasher. Nathan Baesel of INVASION stars as Vernon, a good-natured killing machine who invites a documentary film crew to follow him as he reminisces with his murder mentor (Scott Wilson of IN COLD BLOOD), evades his psychiatrist/nemesis (Robert Englund of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET), deconstructs Freudian symbolism, and meticulously plots his upcoming slaughter spree. But when the actual carnage begins, where do you draw the line between voyeuristic thrills, mythic evil, and good old- fashioned slasher movie mayhem? Angela Goethals (24) and Zelda Rubinstein (POLTERGEIST) co-stars in this ingeniously twisted and awardwinning shocker that Film Threat hails as “a masterpiece…”.

Get the Blu-Ray or DVD.

There has been talk of a potential sequel for awhile now. The filmmakers are working to get funding to get the movie greenlit. This is where we all come in. They are not asking for donations. But, if you are interested, they are asking people to pre-order the sequel. You are not charged until they reach their goal. Kind of like how Kickstarter works. You can pre-order the DVD or Blu-Ray, get a poster, be an extra in the movie, be killed onscreen, etc.

You can find full info about Before the Mask: The Return of Leslie Vernon on their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/BeforeTheMask.