A time loop meets the multiverse in Happy Death Day 2Us first trailer

Enlarge / Theresa "Tree" Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) is back and stuck in a murderous time loop again, this time along with her friends.Blumhouse Productions

There's nothing better than a clever take on the classic sci-fi time-loop trope—and that's what we got in last year's darkly comic slasher movie, Happy Death Day. We clearly weren't the only ones who wanted more of the film's take on deja vu, as evidenced by this week's brand-new trailer for its sequel, Happy Death Day 2U.

(Spoilers for the first film below.)

If you haven't seen the first Happy Death Day and want to avoid spoilers, you may want to skip the trailer, since it opens with a recap of the source material. So the sequel should require little to no watching of the first film (though, again, we suggest you do just that).

To wit: college student Theresa "Tree" Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) is murdered on her birthday and finds herself reliving that day over and over—just like Bill Murray's weatherman in Groundhog Day (or Mulder and Scully in X-Files episode "Monday," if that's more up your alley). She takes advantage of the time loop to solve her own murder while dealing with a disturbingly jealous roommate, Lori (Ruby Modine).

I'm not typically a fan of your average slasher movie, with some notable comic-horror exceptions: Cabin in the Woods, Scream, or this year's You Might Be the Killer. Happy Death Day fit right into that niche with its black humor and genre-mashing use of the time loop trope. The film was overshadowed by the stellar Get Out (both were produced by Blumhouse Productions and released the same year), but it still grossed $122 million worldwide against its modest $4.8 million budget and received positive reviews.

  • Some physics students think they can help resolve Tree's predicament. Blumhouse Productions
  • Tree is furious to discover that she is stuck in a time loop again. Blumhouse Productions
  • She should probably get that checked out. Blumhouse Productions
  • A freaky face in the crowd. Blumhouse Productions
  • Who is the knife's intended target? Blumhouse Productions
  • This time Tree's friends are caught in the loop. Blumhouse Productions
  • Alas, the experiment goes horribly wrong, thrusting Tree into an alternate timeline. Blumhouse Productions
  • Seeing double. Blumhouse Productions
  • Tree throws herself off a building to escape the killer. Blumhouse Productions
  • Why not go skydiving in your underwear if you're stuck in a time loop? Blumhouse Productions
  • Armed and dangerous and ready to face the killer. Blumhouse Productions
  • Look behind you! Blumhouse Productions

Director Chris B. Landon knew if he made a sequel, he'd want to focus on why Tree ended up in a time loop in the first place, rather than produce a straight retread. Thus, Happy Death Day 2U picks up two years after the original left off. A mutual friend walks in on Tree and her boyfriend, Carter (Israel Broussard), in his dorm room and says he's having an extreme case of deja vu. "A day reset when you died?" Tree says. "I might be able to help you." After all, she has died 11 times already.

She soon discovers that she is back in a time loop, but this time the killer in the creepy baby mask is also coming after her friends. (Ironically, the original killer is among the early victims.) This is a crisis for the sorority: "Who's gonna pledge Kappa now that we have a death curse?" one of Tree's sorority sisters complains in pitch-perfect slasher-film fashion. The only way to reset the day and save her friends' lives is—you guessed it—for Tree to keep dying until the killer is stopped.

That's where the twist comes in. Some helpful physics students with more over-confidence than common sense think they can reset the day without Tree having to die. Alas, something goes terribly wrong, and she finds herself having to die over and over again to catch the killer in an alternate timeline.

Happy Death Day 2U hits theaters on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2019. Lock this murderous sequel up as a date movie, we suppose.

Blumhouse Pictures Happy Death Day 2U trailer.

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