That’s GROUNDHOG DAY the movie, not the holiday. Although the movie was inspired by the holiday. And turns out it was inspired by vampires, too.
I admit that I didn’t see a connection at first either. If I’d stopped to think about it, I would’ve latched on to the whole “immortality” thing. If one lives forever, as vampires supposedly do, then after a long enough time I could see how the days would seem to all run together, to the point that eventually it might feel like living the same day over and over again. Well, it just so happens that this *is* the connection! Screenwriter Danny Rubin was reading Anne Rice’s THE VAMPIRE LESTAT. Says Rubin: “My wife Louise was at home with the baby, so my companion that day was a book about vampires. Before even cracking the cover I started drifting, thinking about these near-people and their super-human ability to live forever. I wondered what that would be like. What would you do for an eternity? How long would it take before it stopped being fun or interesting or worthwhile? How would an eternally long life affect a person, particularly one who seemed incapable of change within his own normal lifetime?” There you go, then. Credit Anne Rice for us having GROUNDHOG DAY!