OUWA.org – ‘Freaky’ Horror Goes For Killer Laughs in Fun. Whenever I see the Blumhouse logo, I’m never sure what to expect. Producer Jason Blum has made tons of profitable but forgettable horror films like “The Gallows” and “Ouija,” but we’ve to offer him credit for terrific films and television shows like “Get Out,” “Whiplash” and “The Good Lord Bird.”
Cash from the ashcan observes stuff possible.
His newest offering “Freaky” shows each side of Blum’s instincts as a producer. there is a lot of crass, rote filmmaking, but occasionally director Christopher Landon (who helmed the Blum-produced “Happy Death Day”) transcends the mediocre chills. Here Landon and co-screenwriter Michael Kennedy retool “Freaky Friday” and “Face/Off” into a tired, sadistic slasher that features some genuinely funny performances from Kathryn Newton (“Big Little Lies”) and Vince Vaughn.
The small town if Blissville seems pretty sedate for a burg where an almost legendary serial murderer dubbed “The Blissville Butcher” (Vaughn) is roaming free and slaughtering teens. Landon and company do nothing to dissuade viewers that they’ve seen this before. There are giant title cards reminding viewers that Friday the 13th, which is that the movie’s opening date, is round the corner.
The killer also sports a mask which may make the nearsighted believe he’s preparing to play hockey.
Before one can wonder how a killer the dimensions of the gargantuan Vaughn (6-foot, 5 ¼-inches) could remain hidden for therefore long, Landon switches gears and delivers chuckles more easily than chills.
Newton plays Millie Kessler, who is mourning the death of her father and suffering the slings and arrows of her teen peers because she has got to buy her clothes from discount stores.
As do her classmates, she attends every football but gets grief because she’s the beaver mascot rather than a cheerleader. The getup makes it harder for her to run away when the Butcher targets her. Strangely she survives the attack, that the killer mistakenly used an ancient Aztec sacrificial blade.
The next morning, she and therefore the Butcher awaken in each other’s bodies.
As a result, the killer now features a new set of targets because he’s occupying Millie’s physique, and she or he has 24 hours to return to her own body before she risks getting to prison or worse for his murders.
Newton and Vaughn seem to enjoy playing each other’s initial roles. Inside his hulking physique, Vaughn may be a natural goofball and seems flustered and revulsed by his own bod. He thankfully avoids winking at the audience in his new persona and commits to being a 6-foot, 5 ¼-inches, broad-shouldered teenage girl.
Newton turns colder than the Antarctic and projects a single-minded menace that creates her even as terrifying as her larger co-star are often. Being a man on the within, she expertly ropes in gullible dudes because he knows the way to appeal to their basest instincts.
Because the 2 leads get such a lot of mileage from this material, it is a shame Landon and Kennedy couldn’t have maintained with their stars. The name of the Aztec sacrificial blade demonstrates neither writer bothered to seem into Central American mythology, and therefore the lack of effort or imagination is clear throughout. The highschool within the film features a cryogenic freezer (what administrative district aside from the one in “Bad Education” could afford that?), but there is no explanation for why it’s there except to urge a completely unique fatality.
“Freaky” could are one among Blum’s choice offerings, but to its credit, there are moments when banality takes an opportunity.
80 Cast: Kathryn Newton, Vince Vaughn, Alan Ruck, Katie Finneran, Mitchell Hoog, Celeste O’Connor, Uriah Shelton, Misha Osherovich, Melissa Collazo, Kelly Lamor Wilson, Hannah Russell, Dana Drori, Charles Green
Director: Christopher Landon
Rating: Rated R for strong bloody horror violence, sexual content, and language throughout
Running time: 1 hour, 41 minutes