The "Freaky Friday" body-switch gimmick is given a gory, R-rated twist in "Freaky," a deliciously cheesy horror-comedy hitting theaters this Friday.
Following up his surprisingly-good "Happy Death Day" movies, director Christopher Landon scores again with the wildly entertaining "Freaky," a movie that has Vince Vaughn playing a teenage girl for a good portion of the film. I wouldn't think too hard about the plot, but Landon does a terrific job satirizing the horror genre, and keeping the tone of the film consistent even when going from scares to straight-up laughs.
Millie (Kathryn Newton) is the sort of introverted teenager who becomes hot to her classmates by just changing her hair, make-up and clothes. But we accept her as a nerd because...again, don't think too hard about it. Millie has the hots for the sensitive jock, Booker (Uriah Shelton), and her two best friends (Misha Osherovich and Celeste O'Connor) never leave her side...as the central gay and black characters, they don't give themselves much of a shot making it out of a horror film. A serial killer (Vaughn) known as the Blissfield Butcher just entered the town,
and after attacking Millie one night, they somehow change bodies...now Vaughn is playing Millie, and Newton is inhabited by the killer. Hilarity and shockingly graphic mayhem ensues.
Vaughn is better than he's been in ages, and he believably portrays Millie, so much so that her love interest starts flirting with Vaughn-as-Millie. There are no limits to the gags, or the gore, and they're used effectively throughout. There are some juicy bit parts too, none better than Alan Ruck who shows up as a terrible teacher who has it out for Millie, for some reason.
There's a cursed knife, and some other weird shit going on, but don't let that bog you down. This weekend, get your "Freaky" on. You won't be disappointed.
Genre: Horror, Comedy.
Run Time: 1 hour 41 minutes.
Starring: Kathryn Newton, Vince Vaughn, Alan Ruck, Mitchell Hoog, Uriah Shelton.
Directed by Christopher Landon ("Happy Death Day," "Happy Death Day 2U," "Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse").
"Freaky" opens on Friday, November 13th, 2020.
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