A high school girl switches bodies with a serial killer and must
find a way to switch back before the change is made permanent.
Directed by Christopher Landon
Written by Michael Kennedy and Christopher Landon
Starring Vince Vaughn, Kathryn Newton, Celeste O'Connor,
Misha Osherovich, Dana Drori, Uriah Shelton, Katie Finneran
Who'd have thought Freaky Friday would work so well as a horror movie? Apparently, Blumhouse did, and Freaky is a highly enjoyable horror comedy that stands on the fantastic performances from Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton. This film flaunts the expected horror tropes and uses them to fool the audience. The unnamed Butcher is basically if Jason Voorhees could talk, and the high school is straight out of Scream. This film is made for longtime slasher fans, but I think it could be appealing to a wider audience as well.
Meet Millie Kessler (Newton). She's a shy, timid, bullied high schooler who wants to live her own life, but is chained to her widowed mother. One day, she is attacked by the Blissfield Butcher (Vaughn), who stabs her with an ancient dagger that ends up swapping their bodies. Millie wakes up in the body of the Butcher, and vice versa. Now, Millie must convince her friends that she is herself, find the Butcher who is in her body, and find a way to switch them back before the change sets in permanently. Vince Vaughn kills it as sweet, innocent Millie, while Newton really brings it as the sadistic Butcher. The kills are wildly gory and the comedic timing is on point.
Freaky is destined to be a cult classic, and I really hope it somehow makes a profit during these trying times. This has serious franchise potential, and it's absolutely hilarious, which is just gravy. Definitely check this one out if you have the time, and expect a podcast episode on it next year sometime. This one is a gem.