Christopher Landon (Happy Death Day, Happy Death Day 2U) has done it again with his unique take on slasher/comedy genre. This time, Landon has delivered a very bloody take on the classic children’s film, Freaky Friday with “Freaky.“
The film stars Vince Vaughn, Kathryn Newton, Katie Finneran, Celeste O’Connor, and Alan Ruck. The film tells the story of a teenage girl who unintentionally switches bodies with a middle-aged male serial killer. Jason Blum serves as a producer under his Blumhouse Productions banner.
Freaky premiered at Beyond Fest on October 8, 2020, and was theatrically released in the United States on November 13, 2020, by Universal Pictures. It was later released on VOD (due to the continued COVID-19 Pandemic.)
When four teenagers are brutally murdered by a serial killer known as the Blissfield Butcher (Vaughn), after which he steals an ancient dagger known as La Dola.
The next day, bullied high school student Millie Kessler (Newton) attends the Blissfield Valley High School homecoming football game, where she performs as the school mascot. As Millie waits for a ride home near the now-empty school, the Butcher attacks her. He stabs Millie in the shoulder with La Dola, causing an identical wound to instantly appear on his shoulder. Millie’s older sister Charlene, a police officer, arrives and scares off the Butcher. The police collect La Dola as evidence, lock it up in the police station, and launch a manhunt for the Butcher.
Vaughn and Newton body switch creates some truly hilarious moments throughout the film. Whether it be Vaughn (as Millie) not knowing her strength and tossing around kids like sacks of potatoes, or Newton (as the Blissfield Butcher) weirdly stalking her family and classmates, there are some truly laugh out loud moments. This is probably the funniest Vaughn has been since Old School and the creepiest he’s been since the remake of Psycho. The Halloween Aaron Rodgers mask that Vaughn has to wear to disguise himself is one moment I will always look back on and laugh.
Speaking of creepy, the kills in this film are some of the best horror kills I have seen this year. Right off the bat whether its the wine bottle kill or the wood saw kill, Freaky does not hold back on the gore or the blood.
With that said, the film seamlessly blends the horror and comedy genre with a splash of blood throughout. The supporting cast is just as engaging as the leads and the film even manages to sneak in a few heartfelt moments. Freaky is another hit from Christopher Landon and co. who is quickly rising up the ranks at Blumhouse as one of the studio’s best talents.
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