‘The Butcher’ (Vince Vaughn) is a violent serial killer who takes joy in killing anyone who gets in his way. His focus is usually on young teenagers who enjoy hanging around together. He generally doesn’t say much, but his large knife seems to do all the talking and killing for him. One night, during another teen slaughter by ‘The Butcher’, he notices a strange artefact- an ancient dagger. He decides to keep it for himself and perhaps use it as a weapon for his next victim.
The film then introduces us to Millie (Kathryn Newton), a 17-year-old high school student dealing with the loss of her father. Her mother is currently addicted to heavy drinking and has been known to pass out after drinking. When Millie goes to school, she is generally teased and bullied by other students but gets by every day with support from her two close friends.
One night Millie is staying late at school, dressing up as the school’s football mascot. ‘The Butcher’ picks her as his next target, but during the murder, something strange occurs. ‘The Butcher’ decides to use the ancient dagger, but this results in the serial killer and Millie switching bodies! Now Millie’s body is being controlled by the mind of a serial killer, and Millie’s mind is stuck inside a large creepy man who is wanted as a serial killer. Can Millie figure out a way to switch back, or will she be stuck inside her new mysterious body forever?
Performances from Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton are fantastic. Naturally, Vince Vaughn playing a 17-year-old girl brought several laughs to the screen, and to my surprise, he is quite convincing. Apart from Vince Vaughn’s humourous role, other jokes never quite worked for me in the way the film would have intended.
The killer’s targets are insanely predictable, but the deaths in this film are brutal and surprisingly shocking, with every kill being rather bloody and full of gore. ‘Freaky’ has a plot that doesn’t take itself seriously and even makes fun of well-known classic films such as Friday The 13th and Freaky Friday. The visual and audio track was also pleasing, with the audio delivering fun and creepy effects from start to finish.
Overall, Freaky is simply a brainless comedy and delivers a good time. It brings the fun out of many classic films, and the film never takes itself too seriously. Performances are entertaining as we witness Vince Vaughn pretending to be a 17-year-old-girl. Those who enjoy the director’s previous releases, including titles such as Happy Death Day 1 & 2, will certainly enjoy the ride this film takes them on.
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