In 2017’s Groundhog Day-esque horror movie Happy Death Day and its just-released sequel Happy Death Day 2U, college student Tree (Jessica Rothe) endures the worst day of all-time as she is repeatedly stalked and often murdered by a killer wearing a creepy baby mask. But franchise director Christopher Landon tells EW that he almost chose to cover the murderer’s face in a very different fashion.
“When I was in early early pre-production [on Happy Death Day], I was trying to figure out what would be that sort of iconic mask.” says the filmmaker. “I feel like all great slasher films have that very memorable mask and at the time my partner and I we were pregnant with our first child. I think I had baby on the brain. So, I went to our mask designer, Tony Gardner, and I pitched him the baby. I pitched him actually two things. I pitched him a baby and I pitched him a pig. I thought that Tree’s character, she was a bit of a selfish pig, so I thought that could be funny. But when I received the prototype for the baby, I knew that was it. It kind of struck the perfect balance of it being creepy, weird, slightly funny, but ultimately scary. And so it seemed to fit the tone of our movie better than anything else.”
Watch the trailer for Happy Death Day 2U, above.
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