Coming Distractions: It’s a slasher Groundhog Day in the trailer for Happy Death Day

Much as a few ants can quickly procreate and transform into an entire colony, so too can a singular film plot eventually be copied and turned into a subgenre all its own. In this case, it’s the idiosyncratic Bill Murray classic Groundhog Day, which is rapidly finding its high-concept plot of repeating the same day over and over transformed into a premise shared by enough films to sustain its own category on Netflix. Just a few short months ago, it was the angsty YA version of the story in Before I Fall. Now, we get the horror variant on this tale.

Happy Death Day follows college student named Tree, who is forced to relive every day of her life with hippie parents who saddled her with that name. No, actually it traces her steps from the moment she wakes up in a dorm room on her birthday and does …

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