Freaky

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An entertaining slasher with a gender-bending, body-swapping twist, this horror-comedy juggles genres with Freaky fun results.

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Seventeen-year-old Millie Kessler spends her days trying to survive high school and the cruel actions of the popular crowd. But when she becomes the latest target of the Butcher, the town's infamous serial killer, her senior year becomes the least of her worries. When the Butcher's mystical dagger causes him and Millie to magically switch bodies, the frightened teen learns she has just 24 hours to get her identity back before she looks like a middle-aged maniac forever.

Cast & Crew

Vince Vaughn
Blissfield Butcher
Katie Finneran
Paula Kessler
Alan Ruck
Mr. Fletcher
Michael Kennedy
Screenwriter
Couper Samuelson
Executive Producer
Jeanette Volturno-Brill
Executive Producer
Laurie Rose
Cinematographer
Ben Baudhuin
Film Editor
Bear McCreary
Original Music
Hillary Andujar
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Critic Reviews for Freaky

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  • Dec 27, 2020
    I have to say, I am loving this trend of high concept horror. From the people who brought you "Groundhog Day, but it's a slasher movie" comes "Freaky Friday meets Friday the 13th". It's a gloriously deranged concept that is almost perfect. The film has to juggle two distinct identities here. When it's Friday the 13th, it's great! I love seeing Vince Vaughn as this Jason Voorhes type killer of legend. The sequences are great, the kills are creative and bloody as hell, and as a general stance it's just nice seeing a good R-rated horror film. In some moments, these scenes are even better than the old school slashers they're clearly paying homage to. Then, when it's Freaky Friday, it's also great. Having this girl have to figure out the strange new body (every part of it!) and how to maneuver is very funny. And of course we get those body swap scenes where from a new perspective she comes to understand herself better, gain confidence in her own body, and see the perspectives of others in her life through fresh eyes. It's a trope, but it works. The films only real issue is the blending of the two. Not that they don't blend, they surprisingly do, and seeing this Jason-type killer in the body of a teenage girl taking out classmates is satisfying as horror and as dark comedy. But that's also a problem, it establishes early one who some of her tormenters are, but it's mostly the killer who offs them. It's satisfying, but it's not great character growth for her. Still, we see her grow more in other ways. But I would have liked more. And there's another thing, as a general factor I wanted more. It's great when it's Friday the 13th, I just wanted more of that. And it's great when it's Freaky Friday, I just wanted more of that. And I don't think it's that the film needed to be longer, I just think it needed to juggle the time it had better.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 21, 2020
    A body swap movie set in a slasher universe, Freaky is a fun and gory romp that still feels like it could have been even more entertaining with the possibility of its premise. A masked serial killer (Vince Vaughn) stabs a teenage girl (Kathryn Newton) with a magic Mayan knife and they swap places and must learn to cope in their new bodies and roles. The teen-in-adult body is wonderfully played by Vaughn, who seems to be really enjoying himself with a silly role that pushes him outside his smooth-talking leading man roles. He might be playing up the girlishness and higher-pitched voice but his energy level is high and provides plenty of entertainment with the absurdity. There are a few inspired moments developed from the crazy premise, like when Vaughn has a heart-to-heart with his/her mother at work, able to offer insight into the daughter she feels she is failing, and the mother becomes romantically intrigued. There is a first kiss sequence in the backseat of a car that is so awkward but owns its outrageous quality. I wish the movie from co-writer/director Christopher Landon (Happy Death Day) made better use of its fruitful premise. There are so many more bizarre scenarios that could be gleaned here, especially if the masked serial killer had more of a personality. Clearly modeled after the silent stalkers like Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees, this makes the film feel too one-sided with ideas. Sure the teenage girl is now to be feared, dresses sharper, and kills her high school annoyances, but it doesn't make for much of a creative cat-and-mouse game when it comes to outsmarting the original owner of this new body. I will also champion the gory kill scenes as above average in their conception and execution. It's really over-the-top and memorable and I wish there had been even more. Freaky is a decidedly fun movie from the Blumhouse assembly line but I can't help wishing it was a little bit funnier, a little bit weirder, and little bit more imaginative. The parts were there to make this hilarious and brilliantly creative, and settling for chuckles and disposable entertainment feels like a nagging compromise. Nate's Grade: B
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  • Dec 05, 2020
    Two things that made this a fun watch: Vince Vaughn and the R rating. Vince Vaughn chews up each scene he's in as both the Jason-esque serial killer and body-swapped teenager. Every time he flails his arms as he runs brings a belly-laugh. And Freaky is a perfect example why they should stop making PG-13 horror movies. Christopher Landon's previous Happy Death Day movies were fun but they felt like they were missing something. I think that something was the ability to let loose. It does lose steam in the middle act with less action and unneeded character development, but you can't go wrong with this flick if you are looking for a bit of escapism.
    Mark B Super Reviewer

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