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Movie Mixtape: 6 Movies to Watch With ‘Happy Death Day’

(Welcome to Movie Mixtape, where we find cinematic relatives and seek out interesting connections between new releases and older movies that allow us to rethink and enjoy what’s in our theaters as well as the favorites on our shelf. In this edition: Happy Death Day.)

Happy Death Day is all set to shove tongues into cheeks on Friday with its twee name and bloody riff on Groundhog Day. The film stars Jessica Rothe as Tree Gelbman (yersh), a self-absorbed college girl who gets murdered at her birthday party, wakes up the next morning, and has to relive the day until she can solve the crime.

It looks to hit the sweet spot of self-aware horror that delivers gore with a slice of irony and a wink toward the ancient age of the slasher genre. It’s also far from the first film to mess around with time loops (not even the first horror film), which makes finding companion movies a fun trek through a sci-fi subgenre that’s got a surprising number of wins.

Let’s bargain with Dormammu and relive some movies that try to break the cycle.

Los Cronocrimenes (Timecrimes) (2007)

If you haven’t seen it yet, learn as little as you can before watching it. In fact, just go rent it right now, because you’ve probably been wondering why the name Nacho Vigalondo keeps getting so much love from the film community, and checking out his debut slap in the face of sci-fi unease will explain everything.

The movie focuses on the schlubby Héctor (Karra Elejalde) who is renovating his hillside house with his wife Clara (Candela Fernández) when he uses his binoculars to spy a young woman taking her shirt off in the forest. His wife leaves, and when he goes to

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