Happy Death Day was one of last year’s biggest horror surprises–a smart, funny, scary slasher riff on Groundhog Day, about a woman who found herself trapped in a daily loop in which she was killed by a masked psycho. The sequel is titled Happy Death Day 2U and it arrives in February next year. The first trailer has now been released.
Jessica Rothe returns as unlucky student Tree, who seemingly broke the loop at the end of the first movie when she killed her murderous rival Lori. Unfortunately as the trailer reveals, the loop has restarted, with Lori somehow alive within it and out for revenge. It looks like another hugely entertaining mix of laughs and scares–check it out above.
Happy Death Day 2U is written and directed by Christopher B. Landon, who also helmed the first movie. It also stars Israel Broussard (Fear the Walking Dead), Suraj Sharma (Homeland), and Ruby Modine (Shameless). It’s produced once more by Blumhouse Films (Get Out, The Purge movies) and hits theaters on February 14, 2019.
In a recent interview with Collider, Rothe spoke about how Happy Death Day 2U isn’t just a standard horror sequel. “Chris has done this incredible thing where the sequel elevates the movie from being a horror movie into a Back to the Future type of genre film,” she said. “The sequel joins us right from where we left off, it explains a lot of things in the first one that didn’t get explained, and it elevates everything.
“I was really pleased to know that we weren’t just gonna be pushing all the buttons that people loved the first time, over and over again, ’cause I think that gets old.”