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Freaky (2020) Movie Review

A horror movie geek and fan of the genre. I have been writing for many years now mostly freelance.


Friday the 13th + Freaky Friday = A Fun Bloody Horror Movie

Freaky follows a female highschool student who becomes targeted by The Butcher when she is waiting for her mother to pick her up and instead of dying switches bodies with him instead. She figures out she only has twenty-four hours to switch back or the change will become permeant.

Freaky stars the cast of The Butcher (Vince Vaughn), MIllie (Kathryn Newton), Nyla Chones (Celeste O’Connor), Josh Detmer (Misha Oshervoich), and Issac (Nicholas Stargel).

Freaky is the combination of Friday, the 13th, Halloween, and Freaky Friday. This is no way saying that this is a bad slasher movie, I think the opposite. The first fifteen minutes of the movie made me nervous listening to Millie’s friends but as soon as she is left alone is when the movie truly begins to pick up. After this point, we witness a multitude of gory kills, character development, and messed-up moments. Freaky is a very modern take on a classic slasher, which ends up being very enjoyable.

By the end of the movie, my opinions on Millie’s friends Nyla and Josh changed. In the beginning, I thought they were very annoying and not very memorable but by the end, I came to enjoy them as characters. Josh shined as a character for me with his witty dialogue along with when he had to watch Millie who was the Butcher at that point while the rest of the group tried to steal the knife from the police station.

One problem I see with the movie is how horrible the police are, I don’t know if this is some sort of style choice but if this was realistic in this type of modern climate, they would all be losing their jobs. The worst in this regard is Charlene Kessler (Dana Droi) who actively shoots at an unarmed suspect, along with threatening to shoot Nyla in the police station. Another slight thing that bothered me is how in the end after the Butcher escapes the ambulance he ends up back at Millie’s house to finish the job. I feel like, during the first part of the fight, he could have easily killed both Charlene and Coral Kessler (Katie Finnerman) but instead throws them to the side for them to just gang up on him later.

Another positive with this movie is the performances of Millie and the Butcher. Vince Vaughn provided a comedic take on Millie but never did I feel it was too far from the reality of how Millie would act. Also how Millie deals with all her body changes is a funny and realistic take on how a teenage girl would deal with that type of situation.

Overall Score: 9 out of 10

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