"Freaky" Film Review
By: Nathaniel Simpson
"Freaky" is a really fun horror movie. Well, I wouldn't call it a "horror film" as there wasn't anything scary about it, but it was a really good comedy. The movie, which has satirical humor that reminds me of the "Scary Movie" franchise, does an amazing job of not taking itself too seriously, and utilizes Vince Vaughn greatly.
The movie follows Millie Kessler (Kathryn Newton), who is a shy teenager who is bullied constantly and has a crush on a popular football player. One night, she is stranded without a ride at the football field, where she is viciously attacked and killed by Blissfield Butcher (Vince Vaughn). However, it was a special night, and the killer used a special, magical knife that transferred the two people into each other's bodies. Now, Millie (who is in the body of the Blissfield Butcher) is trying to get back in her own body before they're trapped in opposite bodies forever.
The film is a fresh, new idea from Blumhouse, who makes most of the newer horror films today. They have done comedies before, such as "Happy Death Day", but they haven't made a movie like this until now. It's extrmely funny, and Vaughn is incredible in this. He matches his counterpart's personality almost perfectly, and is such a great performance that it reminds me of the likes of Jack Black in the "Jumanji" sequels and John Travolta in "Hairspray".
However, with saying that, I did expect a little bit of horror, due to the fact it is produced by Blumhouse. Unfortunately, that was not the case. This movie isn't scary or frightening at all, and relies on a couple of cheap jump scares to affect the novice horror movie viewers. The blood and gore is there, but the scare factor isn't unfortunately.
The characters make up for the lack of horror though. Vaughn and Newton are great, like mentioned earlier, but Misha Osherovich and Celeste O'Connor, who plays her two friends, are spectacular as well. They're hilarious in almost every scene they're in, and act as if they know they're in a horror movie (for example, when Osherovich's character remarks that him and O'Connor are dead as he's gay and she's black).
The movie also can get uncomfortable at times. Let's look at the scene where Vaughn kisses the romantic interest, played by Uriah Shelton. It's very uncomfortable, and kinda ruins the romantic suspense between the two characters.
Overall, it's an enjoyable film, and I had a great time watching it. Even though my expectations were way different than what the film is, it didn't ruin my experience of watching Newton going around, slaughtering teenagers and Vaughn acting as feminine as possible.