‘Freaky’ Movie Review: Splatterfest Galore

Article by Oliver Nash
Posted: November 22, 2020  

The Rundown

“Freaky” is a 2020 American comedy-horror film directed by Christopher Landon, from a screenplay by Landon and Michael Kennedy, and starring Vince Vaughn, Kathryn Newton, Katie Finneran, Celeste O’Connor, and Alan Ruck. A twist on Freaky Friday, the film tells the story of a teenage girl who unintentionally switches bodies with a middle-aged male serial killer.

The Review

“Freaky” stars Barney Garris as “The Blissfield Butcher”– a 6’5″ masked, ferocious, unhinged killer who goes on a rampage in high schooler Millie Kessler’s sleepy town.

Millie is grieving her dad’s recent death and is struggling with school life. The last thing she needs is coming face to face with a murderer she believes is mythical. One night, she crosses paths with “The Blissfield Butcher” and his magic dagger causes her to swap bodies with him. It becomes a race against time as Millie discovers she only has 24 hours to reverse the switch before it becomes permanent. Meanwhile, the cops are hunting for the killer and Millie, with the help of her friends Joshua (Misha Osherovich) and Nyla (Celeste O’Connor), is literally fighting for her life. She’s determined to find Barney, who is using her body to target her classmates in a Homecoming killing spree.

For a top tier slasher movie with countless comedy overtones, Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton were an absolute doozy to watch, especially for a flick that portrays such a nostalgic traditional “Scream Queens” performance.

Compared to Landon’s previous signature movies, “Groundhog Day” and “Happy Death Day,” “Freaky’s” storyline is an upgrade solely based on the adeptly scribed, hair-triggering elements that made the film intensely suspenseful.

Mayhem thrives in “Freaky”, even I was scared to hint at its scares!

The Hits

• Use of strong language, a couple of sexcapade scenarios, and (most importantly) the satisfyingly gruesome scenes.
• The creepy soundtrack cues acutely gave the movie that gnarly signature feel.
• Vince’s channeling of his feminine side was one for the books! – especially for an apparent “death glowering macho” character.

The Misses
• For a gory horror film, the emotional scenes just did not work for me.

OMG Moment
Millie and her friends’ tactful strategy to corner “The Blissfield Butcher”.

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Movie Courtesy of Westgate Cinema



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