We’ve reached a pretty good time in horror. Yes, you can still have your gritty, gory, hard-R movies, but more often than not, modern American horror films will be built on a solid core premise that can be exploited in a fun way.
This was the case in films like Get Out, and was definitely the case in last year’s surprise film, Happy Death Day. In this film, a girl relives the same day of her life over and over again, leading up to the point of her murder. It’s her task to solve the murder and try to make it past that day.
It was a fun movie that managed to be well-received by both critics and fans, and it brought in a hefty $115 million worldwide off its minuscule $4.8 million budget. While a sequel hasn’t been confirmed just yet, director Chris Landon has already expressed that he has ideas for the sequel.
Speaking with Collider, actress Jessica Rothe discussed this sequel, and gave an interesting comparison to a classic genre film.
“I like it because a lot of times with horror movies, if there’s a sequel, it’s almost a repeat, with different actors and slightly different storylines, but it worked, so you do the same thing again. 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’m really excited to see if it comes to fruition and, if it does, what the final product looks like. I hope we get to do it! I had a ball!”
I have to say, I find this comment incredibly enticing. More than ever, filmmakers are allowing themselves to indulge in the worlds they’ve created, and that really gives them an opportunity to think outside the box. Given the time-traveling element in this film, it gives them a chance to do something very unique, and to allow them to do so, rather than just have them repeat the same beats over and over again, can help to make this a very special experience.
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