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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published February 19th 2022
Sometimes you have to beat yourself up


When shy high school student Millie (Kathryn Newton from Big Little Lies and The Society), is attacked by the serial killer known as the Blissfield Butcher (Vince Vaughn from Anchorman and Dodgeball), the magical knife he uses causes the two to swap bodies.

Freaky
is an American slasher comedy film released in 2020. It was directed by Christopher Landon (director of Disturbia and Happy Death Day). It's a sort of mashup of Freaky Friday and Friday the 13th with an absurd premise and a lot of gory deaths.

My one gripe with this film is the use of the tedious trope where everyone pretends that a gorgeous actress is unattractive when all she really needs to do is brush her hair. As soon as the nerdy Millie, while possessed by the Butcher, puts on some lipstick and a leather jacket suddenly the boys are falling all over her like she's Sandy at the end of Grease.

This movie brings some laughs, especially in the scene where Millie's friends first encounter her in the Butcher's body and attempt, very ineffectively, to attack her for several minutes before she is able to convince them of her identity. Both Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton do a nice job of imitating each other's body language.

The other performances are solid, including Dana Drori as Millie's older sister, Char, who reminds me of Nicole Haught from Wynonna Earp. Fellow Fans of Ferris Bueller's Day Off might find it distressing (or funny, or both) to see Alan Ruck (Ferris' friend Cameron) as Millie's awful woodshop teacher. It's barely a spoiler to say that he comes to a sticky end. I mean, he has to. It's a genre thing.

Freaky
is a watchable, fun, horror flick with a quirky premise, which will appeal to fans of Happy Death Day and it's more comic sequel Happy Death Day 2U.
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