Happy Death Day

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Name: Happy Death Day
Happy Death Day 2u
Abbreviation(s): HDD, HDD2u
Creator: Christopher Landon (director), Scott Lobdell (written by)
Date(s): October 13, 2017
February 17, 2019
Medium: live-action films
Country of Origin: United States
External Links: Wiki
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Happy Death Day is a 2017 black comedy slasher film starring Jessica Rothe as a college student, Theresa "Tree" Gelbman, who is murdered on her birthday and begins reliving the day repeatedly every time she is killed. She sets out to find the killer and stop her death. The sequel added science fiction genre to the film, where the time loop moved onto her boyfriend's friend and is later transferred back to Tree after she gets sent to another dimension.


Like most horror fandoms, Happy Death Day fandom is small with most of the fandom located on Tumblr, YouTube and Archive of Our Own. The most popular pairing in the fandom is Tree Gelbman/Carter Davis, which becomes canon by the end of the first film. Lori Spengler/Danielle Bouseman has also appeared. There have been a few fusions/crossovers with other fandoms including the MCU, Supernatural, and Saw.

Fans of Happy Death Day generally like how the final girl, Tree Gelbman transforms from a selfish sorority girl into a woman that cares and survives.

"Tree Gelbman is one of the most underrated horror movie leading ladies ever
She’s an awful little sorority girl who through living in groundhog day Halloween edition becomes a strong basically fearless but so fucking tired three dimensional character[1]"
"I mean Erin from You’re Next is a bad ass and Nancy Thompson is iconic and I fucking love them both. But I gotta say Tree Gelbman from Happy Death Day is another amazing final girl. She wasn’t the fucking boring Mary sue Bella Swan final girl that other slasher movies keep having as their leads. It was refreshing to see the bitchy promiscuous blonde as the lead and survive for once. And if Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, Leatherface, Freddy Krueger, Ghostface, Chucky killed her or any other slasher villain killed her. The day would keep repeating until she eventually kicked their asses or they would get tired, then make a truce with her…"[2]





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  1. ^ gaysaiyaman at Tumblr February 18th, 2019.
  2. ^ Confession at The Stan Confessions.