Thanks to Universal Pictures Australia, we had the chance to check out an advance screening for Christopher Landon’s (Happy Death Day) newest horror comedy Freaky!
The story follows Millie (Kathryn Newton), a high school student having a hard time after the death of her father. One night when she’s attacked by the Blissfield Butcher (Vince Vaughn), he stabs her with a mystical Aztec dagger. Instead of killing her, the dagger causes them to swap bodies.
Stuck in the body of a serial killer, Millie has under 24 hours to find the dagger, find the killer, and reverse the switch to get her body back before its permanent. It’s a race against time as Millie and her best friends Nyla (Celeste O’Connor) and Josh (Misha Osherovich) run around Blissfield while the actual Blissfield Butcher runs around in Millie’s body, killing anyone that stands in the way.
Freaky is a hilarious body-swap story with a enjoyable horror twist. The film really commits to the horror genre with some brutal kills, which had us covering our eyes at one point. The opening scene sets the tone for what kind of horror the film delivers and the type of killer the Blissfield Butcher is – he’s extremely strong and has all the characteristics of a full blown serial killer.
Kathryn Newtown and Vince Vaughn do a fantastic job at convincing the audience they have switched bodies. It’s very easy to believe the transition for the two actors which made this body swap flick easy viewing – that’s what a great comedy-horror should be. The most enjoyable part was was seeing Vince Vaughn run around and scream like a teenage girl and flirt with Millie’s crush (Uriah Shelton). Newton also did a great job at committing to be the terrifying butcher. When she was giving her victims the death stare it was chilling and intense.
Overall, Freaky delivers great comedy and fresh kills. Even though the film has some script issues, it was very entertaining and worth the viewing. It’s a shame we are going through a worldwide Pandemic as Freaky would be perfect for a large group of friends wanting their comedy-horror fix.
Freaky is in Australian cinemas now!
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