You know, superhero movies didn’t invent mid and post-credits scenes. Horror movies have been including these little stingers for decades. But while an entire theater will stay glued to their seats for a chance to see a post-credits scene in a Marvel or DC film, horror fans far too often hit the doors way too early.
I’m not even going to go into a rant about how it takes thousands of people to bring a major film to fruition, and these people deserve to be acknowledged. All that aside, horror fans need to cool their jets and make sure they take in every last moment of the films we see. Don’t leave the theaters until the lights come on. A perfect example is Happy Death Day 2U, which arrived in theaters on February 13th.
If you left when the credits started to roll, you have no idea that writer/director Christopher Landon set up the perfect premise for a 3rd chapter in the budding Death Day franchise, one that includes a shadowy government organization and a new “final girl” stuck in a time loop.
If you haven’t seen Happy Death Day 2U for yourself yet, jump down to the synopsis and trailer at the bottom of the article and avert your eyes from the words in between. Otherwise, read on for a recap of what you missed if you walked out during the end credits. Spoilers below!
After successfully closing the time loop and returning to her own dimension, Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) and her friends are approached by a shadowy government organization called DAPR (although we don’t know what this acronym stands for). They’re taken to a lab where “Sissy” (Sisyphus Quantum Cooling Reactor) has been reassembled for temporal research. All they need is a test subject.
“But who would possibly deserve to be stuck in a time loop, dying every day until he or she becomes a better person?” Tree wonders. Then, the perfect candidate is revealed as the cheating, shallow, Sorority queen, Danielle (played by Rachel Matthews) wakes up in bed screaming!
Collegian Tree Gelbman wakes up in horror to learn that she’s stuck in a parallel universe. Her boyfriend Carter is now with someone else, and her friends and fellow students seem to be completely different versions of themselves. When Tree discovers that Carter’s roommate has been altering time, she finds herself once again the target of a masked killer. When the psychopath starts to go after her inner circle, Tree soon realizes that she must die over and over again to save everyone.
Have you seen Happy Death Day 2U? Did you stick around for the post-credits scene? Are you excited by the prospect of a 3rd film in the franchise? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!