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Jovin Tardif is a freelance writer, storyteller, interviewer, reviewer and conversation starter.

Universal Pictures Freaky

Freaky movie is a new slasher comedy. The cast includes Vince Vaughn, Kathryn Newton, Celeste O’Connor, Misha Osherovich, Uriah Shelton, Dana Drori, Katie Finneran, Alan Ruck.  The director of the film is Christopher Landon (Happy Death Day, the Paranormal Activity franchise).

The film is a screenplay by Christopher Landon and Michael Kennedy (Fox’s Bordertown). Produced by Jason Blum under the Blumhouse Productions banner.  The executive producers are Couper Samuelson and Jeanette Volturno.

Synopsis

The story centers around a seventeen-year-old Millie Kessler (Kathryn Newton) who switches bodies with a relentless serial killer (Vince Vaughn).  Millie learns that she only has 24 hours to get her body back before the switch becomes permanent.  If not, she could be trapped in the form of a middle-aged maniac forever.

With some help from her friends and her crush Booker, Millie races against the clock to reverse the curse.  The Butcher, on the other hand, discovers that having a female teen body is the perfect cover for a little Homecoming killing spree.

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Quote from Michael Kennedy

I was watching Happy Death Day and thinking, ‘How do I do this? I wanted to think of a clever premise to make another mash-up similar to that movie, and one of the first things I thought of was the body swap. Happy Death Day is just so smart in how it utilized two very familiar setups and mashed them into one. I never even considered the possibility that I would end up writing Freaky with Happy Death Day’s Chris Landon.

Quote from Chris Landon

Michael is a dear friend of mine and we’re both big horror geeks. He came to me and asked me if I’d listen to a pitch that he was developing. He pitched the movie and I got so excited by the idea that I sort of just pushed my way into the process and said, ‘We have to do this together!’ We were both riffing off each other’s ideas and it was so evident that it was something that we wanted to do together.

Quote from Jason Blum

From the moment I heard the idea, I knew I wanted to make this film with Chris. I thought it was a really fun and different take on the classic body-swap idea and was excited to see how it would play out on screen. I’ve worked with Chris on multiple movies now, and I fully trust him creatively. He’s great at creating stories that feel fresh and exciting and he knows exactly how to draw audiences in.

Express Movie Review

Overall, I found the film quite entertaining. On Friday the 13th, due to an ancient knife found on Wednesday the 11th, a serial killer (Vince Vaughn), and a high school student (Kathryn Newton) swap brains for a day.  It’s worth watching just to see Vince Vaugh playing a female character.  It’s a silly film.  You shouldn’t take it too seriously.  If you are looking for an easy-going slasher flick, this is a film to watch.

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Universal Pictures Freaky movie set to be released on November 13, 2020

Freaky movie (Official Trailer)

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