Thursday, September 10, 2020

'Freaky' Trailer: Body Swap Horror Comedy From 'Happy Death Day' Director

A few years back, director Christopher Landon gave us a teen slasher comedy spin on Groundhog Day with Happy Death Day, which was way, way more fun than I anticipated. So yeah, if he wants to do the same with Freaky Friday, I’m game. And here is the first trailer for his attempt at just that, Freaky.


Again, this trailer is such a damn good time. Landon, who also co-wrote the script, clearly knows exactly the movie he’s making and just how silly that it, but again appears to balance that campiness with legit slasher scares.

[Related Reading: 'Blockers' Movie Review]


Vince Vaughn plays a serial killer who, while murdering a nerdy teen (Kathryn Newton, Blockers), gets struck by lightning or something and they swap bodies. It is exactly the premise Freaky promises, but we’ll have to wait and see how the filmmakers adapt it. And Vaughn seems like he’s having a damn blast and is kind of perfect for this role, as he can play dark and menacing but also goofy and ridiculous.

Here’s a lengthy synopsis should you require such things:

Seventeen-year-old Millie Kessler (Kathryn Newton,HBO’s Big Little Lies) is just trying to survive the bloodthirsty halls of Blissfield High and the cruelty of the popular crowd. But when she becomes the newest target of The Butcher (Vince Vaughn), her town’s infamous serial killer, her senior year becomes the least of her worries. 

When The Butcher’s mystical ancient dagger causes him and Millie to wake up in each other’s bodies, Millie learns that she has just 24 hours to get her body back before the switch becomes permanent and she’s trapped in the form of a middle-aged maniac forever.  The only problem is she now looks like a towering psychopath who’s the target of a city-wide manhunt while The Butcher looks like her and has brought his appetite for carnage to Homecoming. 

With some help from her friends—ultra-woke Nyla (Celeste O’Connor, Ghostbusters: Afterlife), ultra-fabulous Joshua (Misha Osherovich, The Goldfinch) and her crush Booker (Uriah Shelton, Enter the Warriors Gate)—Millie races against the clock to reverse the curse while The Butcher discovers that having a female teen body is the perfect cover for a little Homecoming killing spree.  The film also stars Alan Ruck (Succession), Katie Finneran (Why Women Kill), and Dana Drori (High Fidelity).

Freaky opens on Friday November 13, 2020.

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