A mystical, ancient dagger causes a notorious serial killer to magically switch bodies with a 17-year-old girl.
ActorsStarring: Vince Vaughn, Kathryn Newton, Alan Ruck, Katie Finneran, Celeste O'Connor, Misha Osherovich, Uriah Shelton, Dana Drori, Dustin Lewis, Kelly Lamor Wilson, Melissa Collazo, Nick Arapoglou, Radhesh Aria, Emily Holder, Nicholas Stargel, Mitchell Hoog, Alonzo Ward, Jennifer Pierce Mathus, Uriah Shelton, Zack Shires, Magnus Diehl, Dane Davenport, Charles Green, Michelle Ladd, Don Stallings, Brooke Jaye Taylor, Sarafina King, Tim Johnson
So, the premise of Freaky is pretty simple. It’s Freaky Friday but instead of a teenage girl swapping bodies with her mom, it’s a teenage girl swapping bodies with a deranged serial killer. Why this wasn’t released in October, we’ll never know, but it was still a fun film. Would I call it horror-comedy gold? No, it’s a far cry from Tucker and Dale or What We Do in the Shadows. But seeing Vince Vaughn play a teenage girl is one of the best things I’ve seen since seeing Jack Black play a teenage girl.
Now the main issue this movie had was the pacing. It starts off fairly slow and not that different from any other 2nd-rate slasher flick. Despite the main premise of the movie being the bodyswap, it takes a while for it to actually happen. Once we get to that point the movie finally gets going. But it’s more the actors than anything else that carry this film. The writing is just ok and there aren’t really any surprises here, you’ll see what’s coming. But the delivery is on point from pretty much every member of the cast, particularly the leads.
Vince Vaughn has a pretty good range, but I’ve always liked him best in Dodgeball. Comedy is just where he shines for me and that carries over into Freaky. Plus, the fact that he plays two extremely different characters, one comedic and one serious, but nails both roles really sticks out here. Likewise, Kathryn Newton does the same thing and nails it even better. She flips between a stereotypical teenage girl and a sadistic monster pretty seamlessly, much to the horror of her victims. And I’m sure there’s something to be said here about how we as a society make assumptions towards other people based on their appearances, but that’s a bit more meta than I want to get here.
Anyway, is this film a cinematic masterpiece? No. Is it a fun, goofy horror-comedy? You bet it is. So long as you’re not taking it seriously, Freaky is a fantastic film. They knew what they were aiming for when they made this movie and they hit the mark. This obviously isn’t for everyone, but if you like these kinds of movies the way I do it’ll scratch that itch.