Happy Death Day was the surprise horror hit of 2017 and Happy Death Day 2U is one of the most satisfying genre releases of 2019 so far.
Before I go any further, I want to mention that there are minor, inconsequential details discussed here that some might nonetheless consider spoiler-ish. So, if you haven’t seen Happy Death Day 2U yet, and you want to go into the film knowing as little as possible, skip down to the trailer and synopsis at the bottom of the article and bookmark this page for later.
In a recent interview with our friends at Collider, Happy Death Day 2U writer/director Christopher Landon revealed the elements of the sequel’s plot were hidden in Happy Death Day as Easter Eggs; specifically, the cause of the time loop that sees Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) repeating the same day (the only alternating detail being the manner of her certain demise).
“I think the most obvious one is the fact we had all these rolling blackouts in the first movie and now we get to discover why. But I think another really cool one is in the first movie when the Universal logo appears and it repeats, there’s a big sound that would accompany the logo when it reset. That shockwave sound is the exact same sound that the device actually makes when it goes off in the second movie. That was another little fun Easter egg.”
“But then in the new movie, we have tons of other little Easter eggs in there. A lot of stuff had to do with being in a different dimension. So, if people watch the first movie and then are able to kind of freeze frame their way through the second movie, they’ll find a lot of things on screen that look the same but actually aren’t. So that will be hopefully fun for some people who are into that kind of stuff.”
You should definitely check out the entire interview, HERE.
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.