Kathryn Newton as The Butcher in Millie Kessler's body in Freaky, co-written and directed by Christopher Landon.

Film Review – Freaky (2020)

As you could imagine from another high concept Blumhouse production, there is a lot happening, so much at times, logic lets slip through major plot holes, however the merging of slasher and body swap genres mostly works to bizarre abandon.

Beginning with soon to be eliminated teens discussing local urban legend ‘The Blissfield Butcher, who turns out to be a real serial killer on the prowl (an unkept and marsh-mellowly Vince Vaughn).

Eventually in a crime of circumstance, the Butcher attacks quiet, unassuming, regularly bullied, 17-year-old Millie (Kathryn Newton) stabbing her with an ancient Aztec dagger.

Somehow through magical brewing storm clouds, the pair have swapped entities and now the middle-aged psycho is running around the high school halls in red leather whilst the shy, female student deals with being a tall male wanted by the authorities.

After a while, Freaky revs into gear when Millies friends, Josh and Nyla help to stop the spell by setting up so Millie is stabbed by the exact knife within 24 hours or the bodies remain the same.

(from left) The Butcher (Vince Vaughn) and Millie Kessler (Kathryn Newton) in Freaky, co-written and directed by Christopher Landon.

Some of the kills are ‘real’ slasher worthy, gore is at a premium.

How Millie gets around as the Butcher unnoticed is ridiculous even when wearing a weird NFL player mask, although there are bigger loopholes than that on hand.

There’re zero scares here so don’t expect to be screaming in fright or really laughing either, most of the jokes are lame innuendos or sexual preference observations. Vaughn is good but supplies a couple of awkward cringeworthy scenes played for comedy, failing. Kathryn Newton continues to be ascending in everything in which she appears.

No stranger to horror, she first gained my attention in Paranormal Activity 4 (2012) going onto memorable parts in LadyBird (2017) and more solidifying pure talent. Celeste O’Conner soon to be seen in Ghostbusters Afterlife, is amusing as friend Nyla.

Disconcerting teenage audiences may get the most enjoyment from this lesser effort from Happy Death Day director Christopher Landon.

★★


Comedy, Horror | USA, 2020 | 15 | Cinema | Coming Soon (UK) | Universal Pictures | Dir.Christopher Landon | Vince Vaughn, Kathryn Newton, Celeste O’Connor,

This review was written by Shane A.Bassett, You can follow Shane @Movie Analyst