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Happy Death Day 2U is a 2019 American Slasher Horror film written by Scott Lobdell and directed by Christopher Landon. It is a sequel to Landon's initial smash hit slasher horror film Happy Death Day from 2017 featuring leading stars Jessica Rothe and Israel Broussard reprising their respective roles, as well as supporting cast members Rachel Matthews, Ruby Modine and Phil Vu.

It features a new ensemble cast of supporting actors/actresses including Anne Winters, Tyler Posey, Taylor Russell, Sarah Yarken, Suraj Sharma, Wallis Day, Kofi Siriboe, Shadi Mar'i' and Skyler Samuels.

In the place of it's predecessor's use of a Groundhog Day template the film features a Back To The Future inspired set-up, featuring the return of the costumed attire of the Bayfield Baby killer and introducing a new killer costume, also designed by the first's designer Tony Gardner.

Released theatrically on October 25th, 2019 to positive reception and a box office success.

Plot

Following the events of the first film Kappa Head sister Danielle has broken up with her cheating boyfriend Nick Sims, and is going on a blind date with Delta Leta Zhi fraternity brother Samar Ghosh. Walking through university campus trying to figure an excuse to leave a Bayfield Baby mask and attired killer pushes Samar into the path of an oncoming bus, before stabbing Danielle to death on the pavement just a Goblin masked killer appears across the road.

After news of Danielle's murder reaches former Kappa sister Tree Gelbman who is preparing for a birthday trip with boyfriend Carter Davis and his collective of writer friends, she stops by Kappa house and comes across uncollected things of hers, mailed by her dad that were part of her late mother's last will and testament. Among them is a padlocked photo album that has been opened. Carter's friends arrange a surprise party for Tree at her and Carter's off campus house to substitute for the cancelled trip. Across the street Delta Leta Zhi drunken brother Casper Koffin from Tree's philosophy class is killed by the Babyface killer, who chases the stumbling Casper throughout the empty house, stabs him in the chest and pushes him down the long house staircase to his death.

The killer then descends on Tree & Carter's during the birthday party attacking Tree after her and Carter glance at the photo album, Carter is stabbed in the back and as the killer brings the knife down upon Tree, the Killer, Tree, Carter and friends: Charmaine, Jett, Ryan, Douglas and Dina wind up in 1986. The group ties up the killer and prepares to unmask him when a drunken guy stumbles through the front door, the killer escapes during the confusion.

From there coming across a Delta Leta Zhi Gregory Butler and his not yet wife Stephanie determining to Tree and the others they have travelled back in time. At a diner coming across Annie Gelbman, Tree's late mother who is working as a waitress to fund her college tuition. By night after following her the group comes across another killer who tries to murder her, but fails thanks to Tree's intervention. They fail to intervene with a young Gregory who is run over by the Babyfaced killer of the present, which time then reverts to.

In present day 2019 however Gregory Butler's death in the past has resulted in his erasure, Stephanie now a single woman in his job position at Bayfield University. The others reconvene but upon doing so they are whisked back to 87 and at the diner that night Annie is attacked by the other killer who murders her diner manager Ross immolating him, and causing him to push himself into the turned on deep fryer in an attempt to extinguish himself. The Babyface killer with a fry pan beats Jett over the head, killing him.

Returning to the present Annie Gelbman is alive in this version but unstable and traumatised, causing her father to invest in work to escape the responsibility of care and affecting Tree getting into college, working as a waitress herself to fund her own tuition. Jett as a result of his death has been erased, despite Tree and the other's remaining memory of him.

Time moves back to 87 and the group sets a trap for both killers at Annie's studio loft as she prepares for her first date with Tree's father. The other killer however sabotages the trap resulting in Ryan getting hung, Kendra impaled on broken stairwell pillars and Dina being knocked down an elevator shaft to her death.

The Goblin killer reveals themself as the deceased Lori Spengler, who has an alternate version of herself preserved in the time rift caused by the various time loops and time travel. Annie is revealed as the cause having been stalked by a similar costumed assailant and after coming close to death utilised her ability of time manipulation to charm her objects to hand me down to Tree, to keep her protected. The Baby killer appears and stabs Carter in the chest before unmasking and revealing to be Douglas, killing out of jealousy and sadism. He shoots Charmaine but fails to kill her, as she grabs a hold of his leg Tree immolates him with a birthday candle and using the album plus her necklace reverts back to the present and loops her birthday.

In the loop she succeeds in reverting all of Douglas' killings, including Danielle, Samar and Casper Koffin, calling in anonymously to campus security and having him apprehended. Tree burns the photo album with her other birthday candle and watches as a young version of her mother becomes her adult version, telling her she loves her before disappearing. Tree then prepares for her birthday trip and spends a final moment with Carter after receiving a call from her dad, informing Carter her mother died of a heart attack in 2012. Arriving at her mother and her's favourite beach spot, where they are met by her father Carter proposes. A final scene shows Douglas escorted in a squad car, have the officers around him be killed by various babyfaced killers that appear and immolate him in a car explosion.

Cast

  • Jessica Rothe as Tree Gelbman
  • Israel Broussard as Carter Davis
  • Anne Winters as Charmaine Dinson
  • Tyler Posey as Casper Koffin
  • Taylor Russell as Dina Goldstein
  • Kofi Siriboe as Jett Banson
  • Skyler Samuels as Kendra Martin
  • Shadi 'i' Mari as Douglas Churchill
  • Rachel Matthews as Danielle Bouseman
  • Phil Vu as Ryan Phan
  • Suraj Sharma as Samar Ghosh
  • Sarah Yarkin as Dre Morgan
  • Wallis Day as Annie Gelbman
  • Ruby Modine as Lori Spengler

Soundtrack

  1. I Like It- Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin
  2. 2002- Anne-Marie
  3. Ferrari- Bebe Rexha
  4. Living In America- James Brown
  5. Sleeping Bag- ZZ Top
  6. All I Ask Of You- Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
  7. Two Of Hearts- Stacey Q.
  8. Birthday- Katy Perry
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