“Freaky” Movie Review

Freaky Movie Review

Rated: R                                            Genre: Horror/Comedy                                          Time: 1h 43m

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Millie Kessler becomes the latest target of the Butcher, the town’s infamous serial killer. When the Butcher’s mystical dagger causes him and Millie to magically switch bodies, the frightened teen learns she has just 24 hours to get her identity back before she looks like a middle-aged maniac forever.

This horror comedy film hit the theaters on November 13, which left me no choice but to watch one of the most hyped movies of this terrible year. As a horror fan, I had some expectations but not too high considering this is the same director from the “Happy Death Day.” Based on the trailer, you can already tell all the similarities between the two movies.

First question, would I watch this again? Most definitely but when I read the summary, I wasn’t interested.

I’ve seen this concept a couple times but it’s not meant to be recreated because it gets boring after the first time; just like the “Truth or Dare” concept that birthed another pandemic of horrible knock-off films. Either way, I have a bad habit of giving seemingly bad movies a chance. This says a lot about the amount of time I have.

The first scene starts with a group of underage hormonal teens drinking. It’s not a teen horror film without some of the group leaving their friends to find more beer. The Butcher is introduced when he slaughters the group of friends. I didn’t expect the killing scenes to be so explicit, but it added some flavor to the cliché beginning.

The acting was cheesy but how do you act serious when the plot makes you question humanity? Though, it’s what I expected and actually enjoyed. I’d also like to add that Kathryn Newton (Millie) and Vince Vaughn (Butcher) embodied their roles after the switch. They nailed the characteristics of each other and overall just owned it. The humor keeps you involved and at times, distracts you from the fact that this is still a horror movie.

Overall, the ending was something I expected but I wasn’t sure if it was truly the end of the Butcher. I guess it takes a serial killer to bring a damaged family together.

Would I recommend this? Yes! I enjoyed watching it. This is a must-watch film for this year.

Final Rating: 8/10