Day 22 of the NOFS podcast 31-day horror challenge is silly slasher day. While not silly as soon as I saw that it was still on HBO Max I knew that I had to choose Freaky. This movie was a highlight of my 2020. This was one of, if not only, movies that I saw in theaters last year. I was the only person in the theater, so I was able to laugh like I was at home. I was even able to pique the interest of my nonhorror lover mom, and she had even thought of seeing it with me. Even thought she didn’t, I still came out of the movie telling everyone that I knew that they needed to see it. While necessarily a silly slasher it is a hilarious slasher.
Freaky was directed by Christopher Landon. It was written by Michael Kennedy and Christopher Landon. I am a huge of Landon’s work on the Happy Death Day movies. He wrote all of the Paranormal Activity movies after the first, but I got too far behind and have yet to see all of them. This was the first time Kennedy and Landon worked together that I know of and I honestly hope they work together more. The way they tackle gender and gender identity with such care that it is treated just as important to the script as the kills and story are.
Freaky stars Vince Vaughn, Kathryn Newton, Katie Finneran, Celeste O’Connor, Alan Ruck, Misha Osherovich, and Uriah Shelton. Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton are absolutely amazing in their dual roles. They only time that they aren’t completely captivating is at the end when Vaughn is The Butcher, when he’s just terrifying. When Newton is playing the Butcher she is terrifying. I want to see her star in a slasher as the killer, that’s how good she is at it. I really want to mention Misha Osherovich, because they get some of the best lines in the trailers. They honestly get some good lines in the movie and is one of the many characters that experience some form of growth.
Freaky follows Millie Kessler, a quiet bullied high school student, as she is targeted by a local urban legend called the Blissfield Butcher. They end up swapping bodies thanks to a magical dagger. Hijinks ensue as they get used to their new bodies. As Millie learns she has until midnight to switch back or be stuck in the wrong body forever, the laughs and kills don’t stop coming.
The kills are just as gory and violent as you would expect from any other slashers. They are shown by a combination of CG and practical effects. Everything is done is such a way that it looks fantastic. Bear McCreary’s score is fantastic. It can go from touching and heartwarming to terrifying and thrill inducing.
Freaky is a movie that any fan of horror would love to watch. It’s a horror comedy that works well. It tackles all kinds of issues that people are experiencing now. Some people complain about this movie, and the people that do are the kind of people that will complain about anything as long as they can act outraged for no real reason. I love this movie and think that it will be a cult classic and be praised for everything it does well. I give Freaky 9.5 Aaron Rodgers masks out of 10.