The Alternate Ending Of Happy Death Day Is Really Dark for Tree

Posted 2018/01/26 0 0

Fortunately it was rejected by test audiences.

 

Christopher Landon’s Happy Death Day was one of 2017’s undisputed sleeper hits, over $100 million worldwide against a production budget of just $4.8 million. But it could have not been that successful if test audiences haddn't rejected the original ending. In Christopher Landon’s Happy Death Day, college student Tree Gelbman gets stuck in a time loop that forces her to relive the night of her murder over and over again… until she can figure out the identity of her killer and, in doing so, close the loop. She does just that in the final act, realizing that her roommate Lori is the true killer. After killing Lori, Tree wakes up in her own bed to the wonderful realization that she has closed the loop.

But in the original ending for Happy Death Day, Tree wakes up in the hospital after killing Lori. It’s there that a nurse comes in and injects Tree with something that immediately flatlines her; as it turns out, the nurse is actually the vengeful wife of Dr. Butler, who Tree had been having an affair with.

While Happy Death Day might not be a multiple Oscar nominee like Get Out, it was an entertaining and enjoyable movie, largely because of the humor and lighthearted elements balancing out the horror and death. The choice to give Tree a chance at happily ever after rather than use the darker alternate ending certainly contributed to that. All things considered, it looks like Happy Death Day ended just the way it should.

As for what’s next for Christopher Landon and the team, Jessica Rothe (Tree) recently outlined a tentative pitch for Happy Death Day 2, one that may well spawn a horror sequel inspired by Back to the Future.

“Chris has done this incredible thing where the sequel, the way he described it to me, elevates the movie from being a horror movie – and I wouldn’t even say it’s just a horror movie because it’s a horror, comedy, rom-com drama – into a Back to the Future type of genre film where 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.”

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